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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 112: Digital Literacy for Media Artists and Designers
(3) F,S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103.

Introduction to theory, history and practice of interaction design, visualization and software art through current software and introductory programming languages.

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 or 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 115: Information Visualization
(3) F, S - CSU
Prerequisite: GDP 112
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

An introductory course that surveys the expanding field of infographics and visualization. Students will gain an understanding of this expanding field and demonstrate how to visualize and present data in clear and meaningful ways. Explorations will include data display methods and technologies, graphical model choices, and industries in which data visualizations are utilized.

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 212: Graphic Design II
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: GPD 111 and GDP 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 print and digital publications. Topics include paper choices, pagination, preflight issues, proofing, output options, and publications for web devices. Students design and produce multi-page booklets and publications for mobile devices to be used as portfolio pieces.

GDP 217: Dynamic Information Visualization
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Continuation of visualization practices towards user interactivity for web, mobile, and other media choices. Areas explored include dynamic and large data sets, embedded sensors and the internet of things.

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

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. 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.

GDP NC001: Digital Design Techniques

Students learn how to create flyers, brochures, logos, and more using Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign programs from the Adobe CS suite. Class will examine how the programs work together to seamlessly combine photos, graphics, and page layouts to produce high quality products. Students complete class assignments to practice and demonstrate the skills required to design and complete a professional project. This course may be taught bilingually.

GDP NC005: Photoshop Overview

This introductory course offers an overview of Photoshop tools and functionality to discover the creative potential of image editing. Students will become familiar with the Photoshop window, tools, and main menu bar. The class will cover opening and saving files, image com-positing and collage, selections, layers and image correction.

GDP NC010: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Introduction to the basics of Adobe Illustrator, a powerful graphic design and illustration program and an essential tool for any design project. Students learn how to create illustrations, logos, and more using Illustrator from the Adobe CS suite. Students complete class assignments to practice and demonstrate the skills required to design and complete a professional project.

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