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GDP 110: Media Design
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Recommended starting point for students interested in careers in media arts. Introductory course in design and composition as it relates to the digital arena. Students learn basic design principles and apply them to 2-D designs created using digital tools within various software programs.

GDP 111: Graphic Design Basics
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Recommended starting point for those planning a career in graphic design. Students are introduced to the latest software to create basic page layouts. Topics include overview of the commercial print industry, image preparation, basic layout design and typography principles, color modes and file preparation for print. Student assignments encompass both design and technical skills.

GDP 113: Typography
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Introduces a basic understanding of the effective use of type. Emphasis is on the use of typography in graphic design. Topics include the history of type, aesthetic qualities of letterforms, anatomy of the letter, typefaces and style and compositional arrangement.

GDP 114: Graphic Design I
(3) F, S - CSU UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: GDP 110 and GDP 111

Students learn and apply the basic principles of design and visual communication to a variety of print-related projects. Students participate in critiques, which emphasize the objective and subjective qualities of their work. The design process, concept and content are stressed using industry-standard software in a state-of-the-art computer lab.

GDP 118: Creative Thinking
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to give students basic concepts to enhance their innate creative abilities. Numerous creative problem-solving techniques and ideas are explored. The underlying assumption is that innovation is a skill which can be learned.

GDP 120: Production For Print I
(1.5) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Introduction to basic digital pre-press which involves the preparation of pages for reproduction on any kind of press or printing system. Topics such as work flow, terminology, software, file types, font issues, job requirements and types of printing are discussed.

GDP 121: Production For Print II
(1.5)- CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Students continue to develop skills learned in GDP 120. Preflighting for commercial and digital printing is emphasized. Topics include work flow, document standards, digital proofing systems and color issues.

GDP 122: Visualizing Data For Business
(0.5)

Designing visual displays of data information that can be clearly understood by everyone is the work of the graphic designer. What does it take investigate, clarify and illustrate facts and data? Provides basic skills that can be used to explain complex information, from the design of maps and charts, to illustration techniques for more complicated data.

GDP 123: Newsletter Design For Business
(0.5)

Newsletters are a powerful way to target specific audiences and keep them informed with ongoing information. Addresses specific skills for graphic/web students and interested adults who are involved with creating and producing news publications for their schools, organizations and corporations. No design experience necessary.

GDP 124: Magazine Design For Business
(0.5)

Business and specialty magazines, in print and web formats, reach out to an organization's members and interested donors. They require sophisticated layouts, powerful photos and readable formats that reflect the thrust of the content. Focuses on learning the important steps in designing and producing successful magazine layouts that bring the message to the reader.

GDP 125: Book Design For Business And Self-Publication
(0.5)

Book publishing is not just for authors. After the words are written, how does one create the pages, chapters, indexes and table of contents? How does the copy stay consistent, the photos properly embedded in the pages, and the cover designed to fit? How is the book to be printed and bound? These questions are the focus for writers and designers who want to produce both electronic and printed books.

GDP 126: Purchasing Print, Web And Multimedia Services
(1.0)

Students learn the ways to make cost-effective buying decisions when choosing and working with creative service professionals. Topics include defining the project, scheduling and budgeting, selecting and working with suppliers, project management, understanding printing processes, and using the Internet and multimedia.

GDP 127: Introduction To Pdf (Portable Document Format)
(1.0)

PDF is a universal file format that preserves the fonts, images, graphics and layout of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. Adobe PDF files can be shared and printed by anyone with the free Adobe Acrobat software. Enables the student to develop skills for PDF creation and authoring. Focus is on a broad range of uses to suit the needs of anyone desiring skills in authoring PDF files for both print and web.

GDP 130: Digital Darkroom I
(1.5)- CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: PHOTO 109 and MAT 111

Fundamentals of digital printing technologies in RGB, creating master archives files for print/web applications; drum scanning negatives, transparencies (slides) and flat art; digital retouching and optimum sharpening methods. Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop beneficial. Emphasis placed on creating a digital portfolio through a series of conceptual assignments.

GDP 131: Digital Darkroom II
(1.5)- CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: PHOTO 109 and MAT 111

Fundamentals of digital printing technologies in RGB, creating master archives files applications; simulate traditional alternative process; digital infrared and special effects; contrast and curve control; masking methods; and, large format Giclee archival printing (up to 44" wide). Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is beneficial. Emphasis on creating a digital portfolio through a series of conceptual assignments.

GDP 140: Color Management For Rgb
(1.5)- CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: MAT 111 and PHOTO 109 or PHOTO 215

Fundamentals of color management for RGB output. Professional calibration methods for scanners, printers, color monitors and digital capture systems. For photographers who are looking for more advanced techniques in color correction, ICC profile systems, work flow automation, and multiple-device matching for optimal reproduction quality.

GDP 141: Color Management For Cmyk
(1.5) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: MAT 111 and PHOTO 209 or PHOTO 215

Fundamentals of color management for CMYK output. Professional calibration methods for scanners, printers, color monitors. For graphic artists who are looking for more advanced techniques in color correction, ICC profile systems, work flow automation, and multiple-device matching for optimal reproduction quality.

GDP 210: Studio Practicum
(4) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Co-requisites: PHOT 209 or GDP 212

Development of design and production skills used by professionals in the media arts industry, including concept development, storyboarding, project planning, working in teams, meeting with clients, and presentational speaking. Freelance skills, interviewing, professional organizations and copyright laws for the visual media arts are emphasized. Students work in teams to complete graphic design and photography projects for portfolio use.

GDP 212: Graphic Design II
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103; MATH 1
Course Advisories: GPD 114

Advanced studies and projects in graphic design and advertising. Students explore the creative process in developing ads and promotions for print and other media. Emphasis is on concepts, content and design.

GDP 215: Publication Design
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: GDP 111 and GDP 114

Advanced study in design and production for multi-page publications. Topics include paper choices, pagination, preflight issues, proofing, output options, and publications for web devices. Students design and produce invitations, brochures and booklets to be used as portfolio pieces.

GDP 230: Portfolio
(3) F-CSU
Prerequisites: GDP 212 or GDP 215
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Guides students in developing and refining a body of work that constitutes a portfolio reflecting individual creative and visual communication skills. Assignments include improving current pieces, presenting their work and themselves to prospective employers in a compelling way. Portfolios are essential in transitioning to other institutions or the professional world.

GDP 290: Work Experience In Graphic Design and Photography
(1-4) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: PHOT 109 or GDP 114

Limitation on enrollment: Must be enrolled in any GDP course. Consists of 5, 10, 15 or 20 hours per week, plus two scheduled hours and other conference hours. Supervised employment for students whose career objectives, course of study and employment complement each other. Student to carry out assigned duties as an employee; follow employer's policies, rules and regulations; write learning objectives; keep a record of time worked; fill out student data card; and secure employer's evaluation at the end of the semester.

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