ART 135: Graphic Design I

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Humanities with Performance

Covers foundations of two-dimensional visual graphic design, using basic computer skills, techniques and technology. Classic design elements of balance, harmony, variety and other design principles are explored and employed toward projects covering line and shape, type combinations, typography as design elements, color composition, drawing, photo, and collage.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Investigate graphic design layout options that will include poster design, book Jackets and magazine Covers, Packaging, Audio Packaging/CD covers, Unconventional Advertising, and Annual Reports.
  2. Teaches the fundamentals of classic design and how to apply these principles digitally using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  3. Explores the classic elements of design (line, shape, form, value, color, and texture) and their relationship to balance, harmony, variety, and other classic design principles.
  4. Class projects teach how to work digitally to create lines and shapes, balance, compositions, abstractions, type combinations, color composition, mixing colors, color palettes, CMYK & RGB, photo collages, tactile textures, and digital collages
  5. Develop practical knowledge and techniques that can be applied across a variety of design areas (drawing, painting, graphic design, industrial design, architectures, etc.