Course Descriptions

Graphic Design Concentration

NGRD-111 - Drawing I

This course is an introduction to freehand drawing of basic forms, with an emphasis on perspective, including one-point and two-point techniques, still life studies and figure drawing. Drawing principles, materials and techniques will be introduced. Still life study will be applied using perspective concepts, and composition, including tonal values and textures. Figure drawing will be focused on the study of line, gesture, contour, construction, proportion and tonal values. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NGRD-115 - Visual Idea Development

This course gives students the opportunity to see themselves, their experiences and their environment as sources of creativity, through a variety of activities which will include classroom discussions; videos of artists; visiting a gallery; keeping documented written and illustrated journals, sketchbooks; and working with a team to do a project. Students learn strategies for developing concepts and organization of thought processes as well as systems to formulate solutions to design problems. The library is used for development of research skills for written and visual content. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRD-211 - Drawing II

This course continues the principles and skills developed in Drawing I, with special emphasis on the human form, including proportion, shading, light and dark, head/facial features, sustained study, and the use of figure within a composition. This course extends the various applications learned in the previous drawing and applies them to still life, drapery studies, and the human form within various environments. The use of the sketchbook will be emphasized for development of composition skills; students will use the library and other resources and will further explore various kinds of drawing materials. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NGRD-111 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRD-221 - History of Graphic Design

This course includes the study of a survey of art and design movements, designers, and typographers who have made significant contributions to the field of Graphic Design. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture 3, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRD-230 - Digital Illustration

This course will provide students with skills and techniques used in areas of digital illustration, including comparison of techniques and functions of vector and bitmap software programs to create professional-quality renderings. Various kinds of illustration will be introduced, including editorial, book, and information illustration (illustrated charts and graphs). Students will have the opportunity to create professional quality illustrations for various audiences and media. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-140 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRD-240 - Graphic Design and Typography II

Students will practice working through steps of the graphic design process learned in Graphic Design and Typography I to develop more complex design solutions presented visually through clear, well executed layouts created by both traditional and electronic means. More advanced design and typography principles will be discussed. Students in this course will learn about and will create examples of various areas/categories of graphic design, including corporate graphic design, information design, advertising design, editorial design and packaging design. Topics such as using creative briefs, folding/finishing/binding methods, professional graphic design business practices and self-promotion will also be covered. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-140 and NAIS-150 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRD-255 - Publication Design

In this course, focus will be placed on design of multi-paged printed graphics including brochures, booklets, catalogs, menus and editorial designs using grids to organize information. Issues such as page sequencing and pagination, readability, design flow, consistency and preparing documents to meet industry standards will be addressed. Assignments will be completed using page layout software consistent with industry standards. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NGRD-240 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRD-256 - Identity Design

In this course, students will learn about various classifications and areas of identity design and will develop identity symbols and systems of identification and branding for businesses and organizations as well as individuals, including components such as business cards, letterheads, envelopes and invoices. Focus will be on identifying client need, budget and target audience in order to develop appropriate identity design solutions with components that are compatible, consistent, and practical to use. In addition, students will be familiarized with current brand identification system designers and current design trends in identity design. Students are expected to find a real client for at least one of the assignments for this course. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NGRD-240 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRD-257 - Animation

In this course, students will learn how to create illustrations, create animation, and develop animated elements for web-based and stand-alone interactive media. Course content includes concepts of staging, timelines, frame rates, keyframes, transitions, and object attributes. Writing and storyboarding for animation will be addressed. Both vector and raster animation applications will be used. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed (NAIS-120 or (0855-255 and 0855-314) and (NGRD-111 or 0855-311) and (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRD-258 - Cartooning

In this course, students will learn how to create cartoons, apply storytelling techniques to develop sequential graphic narratives, and develop multi page, multi-strip, or single panel cartoons. Course content includes understanding the history of cartooning, drawing techniques (both traditional and digital methods), character creation and development, story writing, plot breakdowns, panel to panel sequencing, cartooning, and creating final output in the form of a printed comic book or a online web comic. Writing and breakdowns for cartooning will also be taught. Drawing techniques and software applications are taught and used in the course. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3

Graphic Production Concentration

NGRP-110 - Digital Photography I

This course gives students an introduction to the tools, techniques and terminology of digital photographic imaging through a series of hands-on activities that will permit each student to investigate the applications of digital photography. Students will be expected to capture images using digital cameras, process digital images using the appropriate software, create quality picture files and prints, and participate in project-related critiques. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NGRP-210 - Digital Photography II

Aesthetic/composition considerations will be emphasized. Various genres and markets will be discussed such as photo journalism, portraiture, fine art, advertising and marketing, sports and still life. This course will also address various technologies for the capturing and converting of multiple static images into more dynamic presentations of environments, and objects. Topics will include panoramic stitching, creating virtual tours, creating 360 degree views of 3D objects, and creating dynamic slide shows. Students will be taught basic techniques for studio lighting and will be asked to produce photographs to match an art director sketch or layout. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NGRP-110 or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRP-220 - Videography

This course provides an overview of videography for the web. This is a basic digital video course that introduces the process and procedures involved in digital video production from start to finish. Students will be introduced to videography production techniques, camera operation and formats, digital non-linear editing, titling and lighting for video. Emphasis is on development of ideas, proper operation of video and computer equipment for productions and post-production of digital non-linear edited sequences and their adaptation to different presentation formats for online delivery. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRP-231 - Image Preparation

Students will build on the skills previously learned in Raster and Vector Graphics. This course includes specialized image preparation techniques used to acquire, optimize, correct, reconstruct, restore, and enhance images for placement in print and digital media layouts. Topics include: determining and applying resolution and magnification settings appropriate to the characteristics of the specified purpose of an image, setting highlight and shadow points, removing color cast, sharpening, and tone-adjustment of acquired images; the use of desk-top scanners hardware/software; the use of appropriate color settings/modes and file formats. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) and NAIS-150 and NAIS-160 or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRP-232 - Image Manipulation

This course emphasizes the procedures and skill development required for the efficient and effective manipulation and compositing of digital images in a production environment building on the skills previously learned in Raster and Vector Graphics. This is a production-oriented course with a focus on the non-destructive editing of (primarily raster) digital images. This course includes specialized image manipulation methods such as advanced selection and masking techniques for producing images that blend together into a single composite image. Additional topics include applying production planning techniques to image manipulation, production quality standards, advanced methods and quality criteria for image manipulation, and legal and ethical issues. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252) or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRP-245 - Color Theory and Management

This course includes the study and management of color for design, printing, Web, and photographic imaging systems and procedures. Students will use and apply correct technical vocabulary, and various concepts and procedures related to the perception, specification, evaluation, correction, and management of color in various graphic arts. (Prerequisites: Restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-120 and (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRP-250 - Page Layout II

This course builds on topics presented in Page Layout I. Students will define and apply techniques and procedures for optimizing document design and production efficiency. Topics include defining paragraph, character, and object styles; making and using templates; saving and accessing object snippets and libraries; accessing and using database information to create documents, recognizing and applying proofreaders marks and notations; defining and applying advanced typographic techniques, advanced page layout procedures, object transparency and other image effects; building and editing tables; and, defining and applying color specifications and effects; and using document output procedures. Students will continue to develop knowledge and skills in the industry leading page layout software applications. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-150 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRP-251 - Publication Production

The students will study the use of page layout applications to produce book, magazine, and long format publications. Topics include techniques for specifying and applying publication templates; font management and selection; page formats; page and section numbering; headers and footers; text editing; graphics creation, preparation, and placement; color specification and usage; automating a table of contents; using a colophon and other features typical for book and long document publishing formats.? Students are introduced to the repurposing of documents for interactive digital media and XML-based document production. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NGRP-250 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRP-252 - PDF Production and Workflow

The students will study the Portable Document Format (PDF) file format including defining and applying specifications for color management, file optimization and file security; recognizing and editing PDF documents; and using PDF files in a variety of print and non-print media production workflows. Topics include procedures for making PDF files, and adding interactive features including bookmarks, action button, hyperlinks to internal anchors, and hyperlinks to other documents and Web content. Emphasis is given to file optimization for interactive display size formats, color, and resolution. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) and NAIS-150 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRP-260 - Web Design II

This course provides an overview of designing multi-page web sites and being sure they are accessible to audiences with special needs. Students will continue to learn how to use website concepts and design elements learned in Web Design I to successfully to create a multi-page web site. Effective use of color, typography, and design will be applied to website design. Students will continue the study and application of Web design concepts, site navigation, interactivity, and the management of a multi-page web site. Students will develop a web site that combines the advantages of text-based production techniques and graphics-based design with content management systems, with a focus on usability and accessibility. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-160 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NGRP-270 - Specialty Graphics Imaging

This course provides students with a unique set of knowledge and skills required for the preparation, production, finishing, material handling, mounting and displaying of wide format products. Students will study procedures used to create products that include large display signage and decals, vehicle wraps, packaging mock-ups, point-of-purchase display elements, vinyl appliqué, magnetic and tieback signage, and large-scale presentation displays, and other large-scale signage. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) and NAIS-140 and NGRP-110 and NGRP-231 or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NGRP-275 - Digital Printing Systems

This course will focus on the operating features of the black & white and color digital production printing systems. Students will learn the job and market capability of the various systems, xerography concepts in monochrome printing, image and paper quality considerations, creation of electronic files and file transfer, and operating procedures. Additional topics include the digital workflow for on-demand book printing and small-format binding. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) and NAIS-150 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

Shared courses in the VCS department

NAIS-120 - Principles of Design and Color

Students will be introduced to the basic elements of two-dimensional monochromatic and color design, compositional principles, and approaches to analysis of design problems. Techniques for gathering resources to work toward possible design solutions and visualization of design concepts through the use of idea sketches to final comprehensive layouts. Color theory will be introduced. Students will also utilize basic design vocabulary to participate in critiques for the purpose of analyzing their own and other students' work. This course provides students in non-creative technical majors as well as those pursuing more creative endeavors within the graphic arts field with a fundamental overview and understanding of the design process to expand critical awareness of the importance of good design. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-130 - Raster and Vector Graphics

This course introduces students to the skills needed for the successful production and manipulation of raster and vector images using image creation and production software. Students will work in bitmap and vector applications, producing and editing with the tools and techniques offered by the software programs such as selection techniques, basic layer controls, digital masking, image correction and enhancement. Additional topics will include the relevance of image size, resolution and file format specifications when working with raster and vector images. Comprehension and correct usage of terminology and concepts are emphasized. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-140 - Graphic Design and Typography I

Students will learn how to work through steps of the graphic design process, starting with the identification and research of design problems, and the intended message and the target audience, to development of basic graphic design solutions presented visually through clear, well-executed layouts created by both traditional and electronic means. Fundamental graphic design and typographic principles, elements, techniques and vocabulary used in design problem solving will be introduced. Students in this course will also learn about areas/categories of graphic design, creating examples such as posters, book/CD covers and logos. Topics covering selecting appropriate printing papers, professional practices, psychology of color, and critique methods will also be introduced. (Prerequisites: Restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NAIS-120 and (NAIS-130 or (0855-251 and 0855-252)) or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-150 - Page Layout I

Students will use page layout (desktop publishing) applications to design and produce pages and documents to given specifications. Skill development will include importing and placing text and graphic files, the application of style sheets, templates, snippets, libraries, and color specifications. The application of design and typographic principles, industry terminology, measurement systems, font management, and file management are also covered. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-160 - Web Design I

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills needed to create designs that work on the World Wide Web. Students are introduced to the Internet, learn basic HTML programming for graphics, and legal issues of the Internet. Text based technology is used to separate design from content using templates and cascading style sheets (CSS). Topics such as image preparation, page design, site graphic design, navigation & linking, content, usability, speed, originality and audience are discussed. Students are expected to create web pages that demonstrate their understanding and use of basic application of the above topics. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-199 - Independent Study-Visual Communications Studies

The description for each Independent Study request will be specified in each student proposal. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Ind Study, Credits 1 - 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-201 - Employment Seminar

Provides students with an opportunity to prepare for co-op and permanent employment through activities including developing and revising resumes, cover letters and portfolios, completing forms, interviewing, developing strategies for finding job opportunities, and researching targeted companies. Discussions relating to personal finance, communication strategies, adapting to the workplace, tips for job success, and workplace expectations will be included. (This course is restricted to 2nd year students in the ARTIMG-AAS or ARTIMG-AOS program.) Lecture 3, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-289 - Special Topics-Visual Communications Studies

The description for each Special Topics request will be specified in each course proposal. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture, Credits 1 - 5 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-291 - Production Workshop

This course reinforces the students' skills learned in their Arts & Imaging Studies technical courses. Students are introduced to procedures that are used in an actual graphic communications production environment, including the cost of doing business, estimating procedures, and production and quality control requirements. This course enables the student to develop and apply individual and team-building problem-solving skills as they are guided through integrated activities from creation to final product in both print and non-print media production workflows. Students work in a simulated design and production environment where they can develop their technical skills, work habits, and customer relations. (This course is restricted to 2nd year students in the ARTIMG-AAS or ARTIMG-AOS program.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-292 - Portfolio Workshop

This course will give students from all areas of study in the Arts and Imaging Studies Department an opportunity to prepare and submit portfolios of their work for final review by a jury composed of department faculty members and professionals. The course will emphasize professional procedures, work habits, and demonstration of creative and technical skills, depending on the students' areas of expertise, as well as appropriate communication with clients, presentation techniques, and ability to work as a fully contributing member of a team. (Academic Level 2, Degree Seeking students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAIS-299 - Co-op Visual Communications Studies

This course provides a ten-week (350 hours) work experience in the field. CO OP, Credits 0 (Fall, Spring, Summer)