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GRAPHIC DESIGN (GDES)
College of Design
DHA Graphic Design
 
GDES 1170 - Topics in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 16.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
In-depth investigation of specific topic, announced in advance.



GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[Apparel design or graphic design or interior design] pre-major; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Design elements/principles in context of observational drawing. Integrative approach to two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and drawing. Broad conceptual framework for design exploration. Emphasizes perceptual aspects of visual forms.



GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[Apparel design or graphic design or interior design] pre-major; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Color theory, its application in two-/three-dimensional design. Emphasizes effective use of color by studying traditional color systems, perception, and interaction. Lectures, demonstrations, extensive studio work, critiques.



GDES 1315 - Foundations: The Graphic Studio
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Graphic design premajor design minor or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Graphic design process of problem-solving. Visual communication of ideas and information. Use of design software to compose with words, images, and forms.



GDES 2196 - Work Experience in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-Plan submitted/approved by [adviser, internship supervisor], written approval of supervisor, #; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised work experience in business, industry, or government, related to student's area of study. Integrative paper or project.



GDES 2342 - Web Design
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1311, 1312, 1315, [[[GDes major or pre-major], semester of portfolio review] or design minor]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Graphic design elements/principles applied to website design. HTML, CSS. Working with interactive media and file formats.



GDES 2345 - Typography
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1311, 1312, 1315, DES 1101, [graphic design major or premajor or design minor]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
History of typographic forms, principles of composition, expressive potential of type. Design process from problem-solving through exploration, experimentation, selection, critique, and refinement. Readings, research, exercises, design production.



GDES 2350 - Design Material Topics
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Letterpress, screen, and relief printing, or bookmaking. Defined but varying range of media expression. Graphic design communication through group/individualized projects in a cohort and under supervision of faculty.



GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[1311 or DHA 1311], [1312 or DHA 1312], [graphic design major or grad student or design minor or #]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Photography for graphic designers: digital/film photographic developing/image manipulation, printing.



GDES 2399W - Design and its Discontents: Design, Society, Economy and Culture (WI)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, spring, every year)
Secret history of modern, postmodern, and contemporary design. Principles/practices of designers who operate outside of main stream. Innovators, activists, cultural gadflies whose work challenges, provokes, and inspires. Context of economy, society, culture, and politics. Lecture, research, studio production. Written project proposals/reflections/blogging.



GDES 3170 - Topics in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 32.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
In-depth investigation of specific topic.



GDES 3196 - Field Study: National or International
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Faculty-directed field study in national or international setting.



GDES 3311 - Illustration
(3.0 cr; Prereq-GDes 1311 or ArtS 1101 or PDES 3702 or LA 1301 or Arch 3250 or Arch 2301 or instructor permission; A-F only, spring, every year)
Two aspects of illustration for contemporary graphic designer. Image making, by hand or digitally, for use in design projects. Design development. Mapping ideas/expressing thoughts visually. Not observational drawing course.
Effective: Spring 2015


GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[1311 or DHA 1311], [1312 or DHA 1312], [graphic design or apparel design or design minor or #]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Use of color/form representation in two-dimensional surface applications. Historical use of color and of spatial representation in visual communication.



GDES 3351 - Text and Image
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[2345 or DHA 2345], graphic design major, pass portfolio review; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Composition of visual information using grid structures to integrate text/image. Informational/expressive aspects of graphic design, hierarchical relationships of visual elements. Methods of text layout that enhance communication.



GDES 3352 - Identity and Symbols
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[2345 or DHA 2345], GDES 3351, pass portfolio review, graphic design major; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Representation of abstract ideas through symbols. Development of visual identity systems.



GDES 3353 - Packaging and Display
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[2345 or DHA 2345], 3351, graphic design major, pass portfolio review; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Application of graphic design principles to three-dimensional projects. Principles of three-dimensional design/space applied to labeling, packaging, and display.



GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design (WI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Intro history or art history course; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Historical analysis of visual communication. Technological, cultural, and aesthetic influences. How historical events are communicated/perceived through graphic presentation/imagery.



GDES 4160H - Honors Capstone Project
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-Graphic design honors; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Individualizes honors experience by connecting aspects of major program with special academic interests.



GDES 4193 - Directed Study in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-Undergrad, #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Independent study in Graphic Design under tutorial guidance.



GDES 4196 - Internship in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; =[ADES 4196, HSG 4196]; Prereq-Completion of at least one-half of professional sequence, plan submitted/approved in advance by [adviser, internship supervisor], written consent of faculty supervisor, #; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised work experience relating activity in business, industry, or government to the student's area of study. Integrative paper or project may be required.



GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop
(4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Studio experience in the development and production of surface design. Screen printing, batik, resist dying, shibori, cyanotypes, and dye transfers are included.



GDES 4343 - Data Visualization I: Mapping Information
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2345, 3351, [Design minors required to take 2345]; A-F only, fall, every year)
Visual articulation of data. Expansive research, meticulous gathering of data, analysis. Develop cohesive graphical narratives/build solid foundation in craft of presenting data.



GDES 4345 - Advanced Typography
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[[2345 or DHA 2345], 3351, graphic design major] or design grad student or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Expressive visual communication of words. Fundamental legibility of "invisible art," overt expression through type. Students complete extended typographic project.



GDES 4350 - Advanced Design Material Topics
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Letterpress, screen, and relief printing, or bookmaking. Defined but varying range of media expression. Graphic design communication through group/individualized projects in a cohort, under supervision of faculty.



GDES 4352 - Design Process: Bookmaking
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Graphic design major or grad student or design minor or #; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Construction of traditional/non-traditional book forms. Emphasizes material aspects of handmade books.



GDES 4354 - Graphic Design IV: Integrative Campaign
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[3353 or DHA 3353], graphic design major; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Multi-faceted graphic communication campaign project involving substantial investigation and concept development. Project supports unified concept for identified client and is aimed at specific market/interest group.



GDES 4355 - Graphic Design Portfolio
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[4354 or DHA 4354 or 4365 DHA 4365], graphic design major; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Preparation of professional portfolio. Graphic design thesis exhibition. Professional issues.



GDES 4361W - Thesis Studio and Writing (WI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-[Graphic design major, 2399W, 3352, 3353] or #; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Research/design of comprehensive graphic design thesis project.



GDES 4362 - Senior Thesis and Exhibition
(4.0 cr; Prereq-4361W, graphic design major, sr standing; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Design, production, and exhibition of comprehensive graphic design thesis project.



GDES 4399W - Theory of Electronic Design (WI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Graphic design major or #; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Theories, methodologies, histories of electronic design, its impact on visual communications. Digital artifacts, processes, paradigms.



GDES 5170 - Topics in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 32.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
In-depth investigation of specific topic, announced in advance.



GDES 5193 - Directed Study in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr or sr or grad student; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Independent study in graphic design under tutorial guidance.



GDES 5196 - Field Study: National/International
(1.0 - 10.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; =[APST 5196, HSG 5196, DES 5196, IDES 5196]; Prereq-#; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Faculty-directed field study in national or international setting.



GDES 5311 - Illustration
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1311 or ArtS 1101 or PDes 3702 or LA 1301 or Arch 3250 or Arch 2301 or #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Image making by hand or digitally for use in design projects. Design development. Mapping out ideas/expressing thoughts visually. Not observational drawing course.
Effective: Spring 2015


GDES 5341 - Interactive Design
(3.0 cr; =[01108]; Prereq-[[2334 or 2342], design minor] or graphic design major or grad student or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Design of interactive multimedia projects. Interactive presentations and electronic publishing. Software includes hypermedia, scripting, digital output.



GDES 5342 - Web and Interface Design
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[[2334 or 2342], design minor] or graphic design major or grad student or #; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Internet-based design. Static Web pages, embedded media, cascading style sheets. Design/usability of interface between humans and technology. Evaluation of visual elements that control/organize dealings with computers to direct work. Students develop designs, do usability testing.



GDES 5343 - Data Visualization II: Interactive Information
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[2342, 4343] or #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Skills/tools necessary to process large quantities of information/present them through interactive mediums. Create data visualizations for web utilizing Javascript libraries. Linear/non-linear data-driven narratives.
Effective: Spring 2015


GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[[2334 or 2342], design minor] or [[4384 or DHA 4384 or 5341 or DHA 5341], [graphic design major or [grad student, experience with computer illustration]]] or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Advanced computer design. Integration of design knowledge with Macintosh computer applications. Students use software to create digital illustration and animations. Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Flash.



GDES 5386 - Fundamentals of Game Design
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[[2334 or 2342], design minor] or [[4384 or DHA 4384 or 5341 or DHA 5341], [graphic design major or sr or grad student]] or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Games of all kinds. Theoretical/practical aspects of making games. Investigation of design process. Rules, strategies, methodologies. Interactivity, choice, action, outcome, rules in game design. Social interaction, story telling, meaning/ideology, semiotics. Signs, cultural meaning.



GDES 5388 - Graphic Design Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Graphic design major or grad student or #; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Experience in Graphic Design research strategies and methods. Applied, theoretical, and human-centered aspects directed at project development. Design prototyping, testing, analysis.



GDES 5399 - Theory of Electronic Design
(3.0 cr; =[01761]; Prereq-Graphic design track student or #; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Theories, methodologies, histories of electronic design, its impact on visual communications. Digitak artifacts, processes, paradigms.



GDES 8170 - Topics in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
In-depth investigation of topic, announced in advance.



GDES 8180 - Professional Seminar
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Professional development issues/trends.



GDES 8192 - Readings in Graphic Design
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-#; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Independent study, review of books/periodicals under tutorial guidance.



GDES 8193 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-#; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed study in graphic design.



GDES 8222 - Plan B Master's Project
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[Design or DHA master's student], #; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Plan B master's project.



GDES 8361 - Color, Design, and Human Perception
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Basic color theory course or #; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Perceptual and psychological aspects of color and design. Human factors of color variables and design strategies that can enhance human experience of, and interaction with, color.



GDES 8362 - The Nature of Representation in Visual Communication
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Theories of representation and studio production (digital, non-digital) centered around representation in culture.



GDES 8990 - MFA Creative Thesis
(6.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-Completed coursework requirements for MFA in DHA w/multimedia emphasis, #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
MFA project.



 
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