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Graphic Design - Advanced
Courses and Descriptions
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Year 1
Term 1 Course Name Credit Hours
  GRAD-4002 Advanced Typography 1 4
  GRAD-4003 Visual Explorations 1 4
  GRAD-4004 Communication Design 1 6
  GRAD-4005 Mentorship 1 3
  GRAD-4006 New Media 1 6
  GRAD-4008 Media Production 1 3
  GRAD-4016 Community Design 1 3
Term 2 Course Name Credit Hours
  GRAD-4001 Portfolio Presentation 3
  GRAD-4009 Advanced Typography 2 4
  GRAD-4010 Visual Explorations 2 4
  GRAD-4011 Communication Design 2 6
  GRAD-4012 Mentorship 2 3
  GRAD-4013 New Media 2 6
  GRAD-4015 Media Production 2 3
  GRAD-4017 Community Design 2 3

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GRAD-4001 Portfolio Presentation
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Portfolio Presentation is designed to meet the needs of advanced students in the development of their portfolio and enhancement of personal presentation skills. A body of work completed in the Graphic Design - Advanced Diploma program will be presented to instructors and members of the visual communications industry. Presentation techniques may include print, photography, video, and interactive media. 
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GRAD-4002 Advanced Typography 1
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Students will study type and how the personality of type can effect communications in a print, electronic, and environmental context. They will have the opportunity to experiment with type trying a variety of unconventional methods. There will be a focus on how the theory of deconstruction applies to design and type. Students will study how type and image interact with each other in a variety of different ways. They will work on projects that will allow them to design for a series. Students will also study typographical syntax and learn how to create a design system and apply it to a publication. Projects will effectively integrate conceptual continuity, design, illustration, photography, typographic and computer skills in craft and practice.


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GRAD-4003 Visual Explorations 1
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This course will expose students to advanced visual problem-solving. Students will experiment with and deliver unique solutions to novel projects in design and concept illustration that will help broaden their experience & skill in the areas of visual problem solving and communication. Learning objectives with be concerned with social & environmental awareness and subsequent community contribution, with an aim toward a better world.

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GRAD-4004 Communication Design 1
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In this course students will be assigned comprehensive projects designed to develop professional skills based on a solid foundation of research, strategy, and conceptual thinking. Problem solving techniques and advanced computer graphics technology will be stressed. Case studies are a requirement for completion of this course. Students will have an opportunity to work with on their own and in groups.
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GRAD-4005 Mentorship 1
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GRAD-4006 New Media 1
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This course will provide Advanced Graphic Design students with a practical, working knowledge of design for new media, interactive documents and software. Students will create well-designed storyboards, animations, videos and interactive documents using current and emerging technologies. The focus in this term will be learning theory and application of software to create designs for animation and video/audio projects using primarily Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects, as well as other animation, video and audio editing tools

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GRAD-4008 Media Production 1
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This course will provide Advanced Graphic Design students with a practical, working knowledge of project management and effective execution. Students will initiate print and digital projects, establish costs and set timelines for traditional and emerging medias. Students will explore new publishing formats for tablets, rethinking traditional layouts, to inform the reader and enhance the design. 


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GRAD-4009 Advanced Typography 2
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Students will work on designing an original typeface. They will study letterforms and learn the technique of hand lettering. They will go through the process of designing and building a font using interchangeable parts. The font will be created in Illustrator and FontLab, and will then be installed, activated and applied to a graphic design project. Students will be asked to create a presentation on a current graphic designer and focus the presentation on their use of type and type design

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GRAD-4010 Visual Explorations 2
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This course will continue to expose students to advanced visual problem-solving. Students will experiment with unique solutions to novel projects in design and illustration that will help broaden their vocabulary in the areas of visual communication. Learning objectives with be concerned with social awareness and a continued growth of visualizing skills. Learning assignments will engage topics and environments on a number of social levels and with a variety of mediums. This is a meeting place for Design, Typography & Illustration.

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GRAD-4011 Communication Design 2
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In this course students will be assigned comprehensive projects designed to develop professional skills based on a solid foundation of research, strategy, and conceptual thinking. Problem solving techniques and advanced computer graphics technology will be stressed. Case studies are a requirement for completion of this course. Students will have an opportunity to work with on their own and in groups.

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GRAD-4012 Mentorship 2
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This course is a continuation of Mentorship 1, and will further allow students to experience the day-to-day realities of working with an art director/manager in a professional setting. The course allows the opportunity for students to build relationships with industry professionals and gain advanced experience via shared knowledge

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GRAD-4013 New Media 2
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Emphasis in this course will be placed on intermediate to advanced level manipulation of web page design & development, interactive / App design, and prototyping with Invision on a Mac platform. Through a series of hands-on assignments that encourage serious exploration of new media design and tools, students will be able to apply User Experience and User Interface design theory and produce work at an advanced level, using a variety of software. Focus will also be placed on working with HTML, CSS, Wordpress, CMS, themes and skins of Responsive templates.
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GRAD-4015 Media Production 2
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This course will continue the process of providing Advanced Graphic Design students with a practical, working knowledge of project management and digital publications. This course is designed to familiarize students with established 'best work practices' and also to increase understanding and develop skills to assist students in meeting the high demands of the design industry.

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GRAD-4016 Community Design 1
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Students will be paired with a non-profit organization with a social agenda and be expected to work with that client to establish a design service need which is not being fulfilled at present. Working through a project briefing agreement (PBA) with their client, students will help develop content and work to develop ideas that can be executed on a minimal budget (supplies & materials). Finally, students will produce the project on or under budget, creating multiples if necessary, for direct use/distribution by the client. The projected outcome is to give the student a thorough understanding of design process from conception to production, while addressing a real-world problem/need. 

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GRAD-4017 Community Design 2
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Students will be paired with a non-profit organization with a social agenda and be expected to work with that client to establish a design service need which is not being fulfilled at present. Working through a project briefing agreement (PBA) with their client, students will help develop content and work to develop ideas that can be executed on a minimal budget (supplies & materials). Finally, students will produce the project on or under budget, creating multiples if necessary, for direct use/distribution by the client. The projected outcome is to give the student a thorough understanding of design process from conception to production, while addressing a real-world problem/need. 


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