PCC/ CCOG / GD

Course Content and Outcome Guide for GD 150

Course Number:
GD 150
Course Title:
Digital Illustration I
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
60
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$18.00

Course Description

Introduces professional techniques for creating vector images. Includes templates, layers, tools and efficient construction techniques used by graphic designers. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114, and GD 120. Prerequisites/concurrent: GD 122, GD 140.

Addendum to Course Description

Second year standing in graphic design program required. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

 Students should be able to:

  • Precisely draw vector elements for use in professional communication materials 
  • Utilize the software to create vector-based layouts demonstrating professional graphic design principles 
  • Prepare vector files to align with industry standards 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

• Use appropriate tools to accurately trace linked raster image.
• Design and print an oversized document that utilizes shape and typography.
• Create a digital illustration from a hand drawn sketch.
• Combine typography with vector illustration.
• Written shortcuts exam.
• Digital technical skills exam.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

THEMES
• Vector Illustration
• Technical Proficiency

ISSUES
• Software Navigation
• Attention to Detail
• Problem Solving

CONCEPTS
• Critical Thinking
• Workflow
• Balance
• Hierarchy
• Craft
• Detail

SKILLS
• Develop illustration and layout through process driven methods.
• Choose appropriate techniques to create vector elements.
• Use pen tool with proficiency.
• Manipulate typography.
• Use efficient digital techniques for combining shapes.
• Create, name, and manage layers.
• Demonstrate proficient use of bleeds.
• Successfully manage colors.
• Tile oversized work.
• Streamline press-ready files.
• Format files for export.
• Build files that print successfully.