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Graphic Arts

Introduction Graphic Arts Level I - Prerequisite: None
In the first year, students will learn safety and ergonomics, workplace environment, Macintosh computer systems, file organization & storage, graphic design history, the design process, principles and element of design, layout and design, grids and guides, digital imaging, research & copyright infringement, print production, color theory, typography and branding.  Students will work on a variety of starter mini projects and portfolio projects.  Students will gain a beginner understanding of the industry standard software programs, Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.  Students will complete Introduction designs as part of this Introduction to Graphic Arts.  
Introduction to Graphic Arts Level II - Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Arts Level I
In Introduction to Graphic Arts II, students will expand on their Introduction to Graphic Arts I knowledge of:  Macintosh computer systems, file organization & storage, the design process, principles and element of design, layout and design, grids and guides, digital imaging, research & copyright infringement, print production, color theory, typography and branding.  Students will expand their knowledge in standard software programs, Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC and will garner a basic understanding of InDesign.  Students will complete projects and in class assignments accordingly.

Intermediate Graphic Arts - Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Arts Level I & II
In the second year of the program, students will be focusing on an intermediate level.  Students will be strengthening their individual creativity through an intermediate level of understanding of the software programs, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC and InDesign CC.  Students will complete more advanced designs for their portfolio and will complete a personalized identity package.  Students will be producing portfolio projects and learn proper matting techniques for professional presentations.   A field trip will be held at an art and design museum, as well as a college/university to expand a student’s knowledge of the history of graphic design, its applications today and further academic pursuits.  Design competitions, art shows and National Portfolio Day events will also be part of the overall learning experience in this class.

Advanced Graphic Arts - Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Arts Level I & II and Intermediate Graphic Arts
In the third & fourth year of the program, students will be focusing on an advanced level with client based projects and portfolio pieces. The student will use foundational, intermediate and advanced skill set of the design process, design principles/elements, layout, digital imaging, print production, color theory, typography, and professionalism.  Students will continue advancing their knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and will follow the Intermediate Course Outline as needed.  Students will partake in field trips to print houses, graphic design firms, nonprofit agencies and other relevant business settings for hands-on learning and career exploratory.  Design competitions, art shows and National Portfolio Day events will also be part of the overall learning experience in this class.
DUAL ENROLLMENT
Earn college credit!

Students can also earn dual-enrollment college credit in selected classes:

CCV

Early Childhood Education
-    Intro to Early Childhood Education
     3 credits
-    Communication in Early Childhood 
     and After School Workplace
     3 credits
-    Infant and Toddler Development
     3 credits
-    Fostering Creativity - 3 credits
Allied Health 
-    Medical Terminology - 3 credits
-    Human Biology - 3 credits
Precision Machining
-    Intro to Lathes - 2 credits
-    Intro to Milling & Grinding - 
2 credits
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