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Effective Term:
Spring 2014

Course Number:
GD 150
Course Title:
Digital Illustration I
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Course Description

Introduces professional techniques for creating vector images. Includes templates, layers, tools and efficient construction techniques used by graphic designers.

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)

• 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.