About this course
Digital Art & Design is a four-semester program designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the fields of graphic design, web design and new media design. Target careers include graphic designer, illustrator, production artist, web designer and new media designer. These positions can be found at design firms, advertising agencies, new media/web development companies, the publications departments of larger corporations and public agencies, and among independent contractors serving these businesses. Students in the Digital Art & Design program develop a solid grounding in design principles covering drawing, layout, color, and typography. Students apply these principles using a suite of industry‑standard software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe InDesign.
Program coursework includes classes in web design, print layout, information design, motion graphics, media theory and history, design work flows, and portfolio development, while non-technical classes cover essential concepts of written communication, media law and career management. Students use a variety of hardware, including graphics tablets, digital cameras, studio lighting equipment, web servers, color printers and scanners. Instructors are selected for their industry experience as well as their teaching skills, and students will have opportunities to take field trips, attend industry meetings and meet guest speakers who are practicing designers. In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments.
These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.
Upon successful completion of the program, students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a digital art and design related field.