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Effective Term:
Spring 2020 through Spring 2022
Course Number:
GD 150
Course Title:
Digital Illustration 1
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

Course Description

Introduces professional techniques for generating vector graphics and imagery. 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


  • 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.