Graphic Design

Courses

Graphic Design-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1036Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design3
This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
GRAF-1037Design Basic 13
This course will introduce students to the basic elements, principles and history of design. Students will undertake black and white two-dimensional projects related to graphic design and explore all possible solutions in which creativity, procedures, craftsmanship, and conceptual techniques are emphasized. All work is done using traditional tools and supported by practical applications, lectures audio/video presentations, and open class discussions.
GRAF-1049Typography Basic3
In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of typography. Students will develop an awareness of typographic design and form to communicate. Emphasis is placed on typographic history, typographic vocabulary, type classifications, anatomy, letterforms, spacing and hierarchy through a series of lectures, class discussions and hands-on projects. Creativity, process work, research and attention to detail is encouraged. All work is done using traditional tools with hands-on techniques.
GRAF-1050Digital Applications 13
Students analyze and report on contemporary conventional production tools and workflow systems used in commercial graphic design studios. This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and facilities of the current trade iteration of 'page layout' software for producing page composition, typography and design projects. Students will explore the basic tools and facilities of bitmap editing software in the production of design projects. Students are introduced to the current trade iteration of 'vector drawing' software for producing graphic images. Students are introduced to the current trade iteration of 'portable document format' software. Students will use these four software technologies together to produce design projects.
GRAF-1052Interactive Design 13
This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques that facilitate the process of interactive design. Students will be lead through a series of graduated lessons, both practical and theoretical, supported by relative in-class assignments, 3 major term projects and a dynamic presentation. The current iteration of Adobe Photoshop CC, and Microsoft Power Point, will be utilized. Students will be encouraged to begin the process of creating a self-defining style, with acute consideration for; planning, organization, layout, style, technical development, typography, content development and integration.
GRAF-1040Creative Concepts 13
This course is designed to develop and explore the innate creativity within the students. This course guides students through explorations of various media in order to reflect upon and express their unique personality and creativity within their cultural context.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
GRAF-1038Design Basic 23
This course further emphasizes the basic elements, principles of design as well as examines and understands the application of the theory of colour. Students will formulate a keen understanding of the many colour theories through practical applications, lectures and supported audio/visual media. Students will also begin the process of combining colour to the learned principals of design to emphasize emotion, balance, and mood. Students will have a series of lectures throughout the term on the history of Graphic Design and how it impacts present times. Students will undertake two-dimensional projects related to graphic design and explore all possible solutions in which creativity, design procedures, craftsmanship, and presentation techniques are emphasized.
GRAF-1035Typography Digital4
In this course students develop their skills in the application of typography and explore their capabilities in developing creative typographic solutions to enhance the meaning of communication on the computer. Emphasis is placed on type as form to communicate, typographic conventions, typeface selection, adjustment, spacing, layout, grid systems, hierarchy of information, legibility and readability through a series of lectures, class discussions, assignments and projects.
GRAF-1030Digital Applications 24
This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and facilities of the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software for producing bitmap images in both black & white and colour. Students advance their exploration of 'page layout' software, which began in DIGITAL APPLICATIONS 1. Students will use 'page layout' software together with 'bitmap editing' software, 'vector drawing' software and 'portable document format' software to produce design projects.
GRAF-1031Interactive Design 23
This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques that facilitate the process of interactive design. Students will be lead through a series of graduated lessons, both practical and theoretical, supported by relative in-class assignments, 2 major term projects, homework and in class assignments. The current trade iteration of Adobe Photoshop CS5, and Apple Keynote, will be utilized. Students will be encouraged to begin the process of creating a self-defining style, with acute consideration for; planning, organization, layout, style, technical development, typography, content development and integration.
GRAF-1041Creative Concepts 23
This course is designed to further develop and explore the innate creativity within the students. This course continues to guide students through explorations of various media in order to reflect upon and express their unique personality and creativity within their cultural context.
PHOT-1078Camera Basics2
This online-assisted course is designed to provide the student with a practical working knowledge of digital cameras and photographic studio lighting equipment. Camera equipment usage will range from mobile device cameras up to Digital SLRs. Basic elements and principles of good photography will culminate in digital photography ready for use in the graphic design industry.
COMM-3074Communications for Design3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of art and design, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
GRAF-3013Design Intermediate 14
Design Intermediate 1 further explores The Creative Process in design and developing creative solutions. Students will learn how to prepare and present appropriate design ideas through research, pencil layouts, roughs and semi-comps stages. Final submissions will be presented in a professional manner. Emphasis is placed on developing design solutions using objective thinking, the creative process and collaboration through group work and class critiques.
GRAF-3029Digital Illustration4
This course is designed to develop the students' abilities in digital drawing using vector-based software. Students will learn the tools available and illustration techniques through demonstration, workshops and projects. Students will create a variety of technical and expressive projects aimed to develop their skills and explore their own style. Creativity and craftsmanship are emphasized.
GRAF-3015Digital Applications 34
This course is a continuation of Digital Applications 2. It is designed to provide the student with the expertise necessary to apply all of the tools and facilities in the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software and to use that program together with the current trade iteration of 'vector drawing' software and 'page layout' software to produce digital files for output to various devices. Students will prepare files for output in a PDF workflow environment.
GRAF-3017Interactive Design 34
Students will be introduced to the www.w3.org standards enabling them to execute and apply CSS / CSS3 technologies in creating comprehensive dynamic media based websites. Processes will include search engine optimization and enhanced website usability and accessibility.
GRAF-1051Time, Money & Materials2
This course will introduce the student to the Fiscal/Production side of the Graphic Design Industry. The student will encounter different types of graphic/design organizations and discover how they bill and use current industry production standards.
PHOT-3017Photography1.5
This course is a continuation of Camera Basics and will provide the student with an advanced working knowledge of digital cameras and lighting equipment usage in a photographic studio and on location to produce digital photography as it relates to the graphic design industry. Students will use computer software applications to edit and catalogue photographs.
GRAF-3028Packaging & Display Design4
Students will create a sequence of packaging and display design projects using die lines in vector-based software. With emphasis on typography, design principles, colour and technical specifications, students will explore the creative process and participate in various workshops to learn the tools and develop their own design style. Creativity, craftsmanship and mock-up techniques are emphasized.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
GRAF-3018Design Intermediate 24
In this course, students will develop design concepts for a variety of projects using the creative process to develop design solutions. Students will be exposed to various case studies, design styles, advertising, branding, media, materials/techniques, production and sustainable considerations for each design situation. Professional approaches to critiques and presentations methods are emphasized.
GRAF-3020Digital Applications 44
This course is a continuation of DIGITAL APPLICATIONS 3. It is designed to provide the student with the expertise necessary to apply all of the tools and facilities in the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software and to use that program together with the current trade iteration of 'vector drawing' software and 'page layout' software to produce digital files suitable for the production of commercial-quality printed material for business/promotional projects.Students will prepare press-ready files for output in a PDF workflow environment.
GRAF-3022Interactive Design 44
Students will continue to use to CSS3 and HTML5 to create magazine style layouts. CSS layout with commercial applications. jQuery will be explored as an introduction to JavaScript.
GRAF-5013Digital Illustration Advanced 14
This course will develop the students' skills and knowledge in creating digital illustrations with a number of different styles and techniques. Students will complete finished artwork using the latest bitmap editing software.
GRAF-5022Digital Master Class 14
This course deals with the production of high resolution finished artwork using the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software Adobe Photoshop. A continuing student advancement and exploration of the 'bitmap editing' software from the DIGITAL APPLICATIONS IV course.

Level 5
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
GRAF-5012Design Advanced 14
This course is designed to assist students to function effectively as practicing graphic design professionals. Through team work and self-directed learning, students will complete advanced assignments in graphic design studies, including communication problems. Professional approaches to critical feedback and presentations methods are emphasized.
GRAF-5014Digital Applications 53
This course is a continuation of Digital Applications 4.This course will be delivered in the current iteration of a Macintosh workflow environment offering the latest production techniques. An in-depth approach of practices required for high-end digital output for commercial print and electronic publications will be delivered. Classes will cover the current industry workflow standards for prepress design, proofing & output. For each of the design/production areas covered, classes will involve exercises in file management, font management, inter-software colour theory, publication mechanics and proper digital output mechanics based on print method and/or electronic publication method used. This course will introduce basic audio/video production and editing workflow techniques.
GRAF-5016Interactive Design 54
The student will be led through the entire process of creating unique interactive websites that conform to various screen sizes and devises. (responsive/adaptive design)The students will continue to explore methods of implementing the jQuery framework/library as it relates to website dynamics. These websites in-turn will be used to promote the skills and ambitions of the student.
GRAF-5025Digital Illustration Advanced 24
This course is a continuation of Digital Illustration Advanced I and instructs in the design and production of two, three and four dimensional graphics using the latest digital software. Students will work towards developing their own unique illustration style.
GRAF-5023Digital Master Class 24
This course deals with high resolution finished artwork using the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software Adobe Photoshop for print and video production. A continuing student advancement and exploration of the 'bitmap editing' software from the Digital Masters Class 1 course.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
GRAF-5017Design Advanced 24
This course is designed to assist students to function effectively as practicing graphic design professionals. Through client-based self-directed project students will gain industry experience. Professional approaches to leadership and presentations methods are emphasized.
GRAF-5019Digital Applications 63
This course offers an in depth look into print production in a PDF workflow environment. Discussion and exercises in Preflighting files ready for colour separation from original application and PDF files. For each of the system/software areas covered, classes will involve exercises in file management, font management, inter-software colour theory, publication mechanics and proper file output mechanics for both printed and interactive rich media digital publications. Content will be delivered in a Macintosh OSX environment. In some instances, students will work in small groups designed to emulate agency-style workflow practices.
GRAF-5021Interactive Design 64
This final semester will see a culmination of all the interactive tools, techniques and methodologies learned up to this point. Additionally the student is introduced to CMS (content management systems) culminating in a commercial project(s).
GRAF-5024Motion Graphics4
This course is focused on the complexities of combining visual, auditory, and temporal information, as they exist in time-based and interactive media. Through lecture and in-class demonstration students will learn the technological processes necessary to blend video, audio, animation, and interactivity together to create a 'rich media experience'.
GRAF-5026Capstone2
In this course, students will collaborate on an a culminating activity that focuses on experiential learning.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 4 and 5

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 32 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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