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Effective Term:
Winter 2014
Course Number:
GD 150
Course Title:
Digital Illustration I
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Course Description

Explores the basic tools and techniques of Adobe Illustrator and its use in creating appropriate solutions to graphic design problems. To be taken sequentially. Placement permission slip required.

Addendum to Course Description

Second year standing in graphic design program required. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

 Students should be able to:

  • Successfully use Adobe Illustrator to draw graphic elements which may include logos", illustrations, graphs and charts.
  • Utilize Adobe Illustrator software in single page document layout and design.
  • Prepare Adobe Illustrator files for use in other software programs.

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)

• Vector Illustration
• Technical Proficiency

• Software Navigation
• Attention to Detail
• Problem Solving

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

• 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.