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VIS 1100 Design Basics

Introduction to the fundamentals of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Students will apply critical and creative thinking techniques to applied projects that will explore the use of conceptualization, color, typography, image, modeling and applying the fundamentals of design. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 1110 Design Drawing

Introduction to design drawing techniques as applied to visual communications, including stylization, perspective, shading and rendering. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 1140 Design Processes I

Introduction to the design development process including hand sketching, creation of thumbnails, computer illustration, imaging, photo manipulation, page layout and composition techniques using industry-based software.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 1180 History of Design

History of graphic design covering major designers and their work, as well as design movements. From the origins of graphic art including printing and typography through the rise of the Internet, this course will explore the connection between culture and technology in the evolution of graphic design.
3 Credit Hours

VIS 1208 Typography

Introduction to typography as an element and tool of visual communication. The concept of type as image is emphasized. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 1218 Design Processes II

Introduction to media design, including web-based software applications for the development of online interactive media. Design basics and a hands-on approach emphasized.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 1250 Print Production

This course will provide the fundamentals of the various printing processes. It will include digital prepress techniques used to prepare layouts for the different processes used in the industry.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 2110 Design Principles

Development of an identity system, visual language, stationery system and identity manual. Exploration of advanced elements and principles of design; introduction to symbology. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 2120 Design Applications I

Design Applications I will cover the development of a pictogram and wayfinding system that will be used as a component to an overall Identity Manual developed in Design Principles. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 2160 Design Applications II

Advanced application of design principles. Emphasis will be placed on information design to include creating print and fully developed digital media. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 2260 Visual Communications Portfolio

Graphic design business practices including individualized portfolio development, work experience and development of professional practice skills; including cost estimating, contract writing, sales and communication techniques. Two classroom, four lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

VIS 2270 Design Internship

Students earn elective credits toward Visual Communications or Interior Design degree requirements for work-learning experience. Students establish learning outcomes and prepare related reports and/or projects in consultation with the employer and faculty. Twelve field experience hours per credit hour each week.
1 - 3 Credit Hours

VIS 2297 Special Topics

Varied content offering of special interest to the discipline but not covered within existing courses; may be scheduled in a classroom/seminar setting or in nontraditional format.
0.5 - 9 Credit Hours