Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ID 128
Course Title:
Digital Rendering and Presentation
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Course Description

Introduces the skills necessary for the use of computer software Photoshop and InDesign for architectural design processes and presentation techniques. Prerequisites: ARCH 127 or ARCH 237. Recommended: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Design and produce a multi-layered document using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Use Adobe InDesign at an introductory level to produce final design layouts.

Course Activities and Design

  • In class exercises to develop familiarity with the program.
  • Exercise on typology and text communication.
  • Assignments on layers and understanding how to add color and texture information to architectural design documents.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Students are evaluated on successful material communication in their final documents.
  • Students are evaluated on successful communication of color and concept in their final documents.
  • Students are evaluated on the correct format of their final documents using the layers and layout necessary for professional Photoshop and InDesign documents.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Concepts:
    • Design Communication
    • Integration of Design and Technology
  • Themes:
    • Correct color representation in architectural drawings.
  • Issues:
    • Simplifying a complex computer application for an introductory course.
    • Furthering design development through the specifics of color, texture and materials.