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Effective Term:
Winter 2017 through Winter 2020

Course Number:
GD 150
Course Title:
Digital Illustration 1
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

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

A grade of a "B" or higher is required for placement into the second year of the program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

 Upon completion of 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.