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Online Graphic Design Courses

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

The online art degree requires 120 total credit hours, including 48 from foundation graphic design courses and 12 from elective courses. In addition to learning through online graphic design courses, you will also gain experience through an internship.

Core Requirements (48 hours)

This is a lab-based course designed to familiarize students with advanced methods of information retrieval via the Internet; combined with hands-on design, development, and publication experience through the use of HTML and CSS. Lab fee may be required.

This course teaches the formal elements and principles of design, color theory, perception and problem solving as applied to a two-dimensional surface.

This is an introductory course in drawing in varied media. Problems in rendering objects, perspective, space, light, and composition are presented. Lab fee may be required.

This course offers an exploration of three-dimensional space and design. Problems in the additive and subtractive processes will be presented including: open and closed space, mass, and volume. Basic fabrication skills will be covered. Sketchbooks required. Studio fee required.

Exploration of visual storytelling techniques for the attainment of desired storytelling effects; includes character development, using shots, camera, lights, props and background elements, master plots, one and multi-panel cartoons, comics, storyboards, animatics and story-reels. Students will learn the principles of visual storytelling and how to apply them with a time-line based application or temporal design.

This is an introduction to digital photography and Photoshop. Basic camera and composition skills are covered, along with an historical overview, software options and techniques. Students are encouraged to have a digital SLR camera. Studio fee applies.

Arts/Human Diversity This course is a historical survey of Western art and architecture from Prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages in 1300 with an emphasis on the relationship between art, society, culture, religion, and politics. Major works of art and architecture will be discussed from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece-Rome, and finally the Middle Ages. This course is open to all students and required for all majors within the department of Art and Design.

Arts/Human Diversity This course is a historical survey of Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on the relationship between art, society, culture, religion, and politics. Major works of art and architecture will be discussed as a survey of major artistic movements from the fourteenth to the late twentieth century across Europe and America. This course is open to all students and is required for all majors within the department of Art and Design.

Choose 1 of the following courses

An introduction to Adobe creative software, image capture, basic image editing, and file/asset management. Demonstration of raster and vector graphics, and their appropriate usage through lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Lab fee may be required.
This course covers the fundamentals of digital image manipulation, graphic creation and design concepts using Adobe’s Photoshop. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for and test for industry level certification in Adobe Photoshop while learning current techniques associated with digital modification, organization, delivery and image creation. This class will culminate with the Adobe Certification practice Examination in Photoshop and the opportunity to take the Adobe Certification test. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification test. Lab fee required.
This course covers the creation of computer-generated vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for and test for industry level certification in Adobe Illustrator while learning current techniques associated with branding, logo design, and illustration for use in both print and screen. This class will culminate in taking the Adobe Certification practice examination in Illustrator and the opportunity to take the Adobe Certification test. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification test. Lab fee required.

Choose 1 of the following courses

An introduction to art as an academic pursuit including: aesthetics, criticism, and expectations of a major in the visual arts. Students will engage in creative, critical, and design thinking and be introduced to possible career options in art and design.
This studio course addresses the basic elements of fashion design as they relate to careers within the industry. Assignments introduce the fashion design processes of trend investigation, consumer research, storyboarding, color story, textile development, fabric identification, design innovation, and sketching creative ideas.

Art and Design Electives (12 hours)

This course will explore current and emerging technologies and provide students with the necessary software skills to apply them in their area of study.

This course introduces students to programming logic in a structured web centric environment. Topics include language syntax, semantics, data types, program organization, pseudo code, flow-charting, algorithm design, and basic programming constructs. Lab fee may be required.

This course is recommended for non-majors and majors alike and provides students with hands-on experience with contemporary online publishing techniques using applications such as WordPress or other content management systems. A registered domain name and web hosting plan capable of supporting PHP is mandatory. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in painting using varied media. Composition, rendering of forms, color theory and painting techniques will be studied.
This course covers the fundamentals of digital image manipulation, graphic creation and design concepts using Adobe’s Photoshop. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for and test for industry level certification in Adobe Photoshop while learning current techniques associated with digital modification, organization, delivery and image creation. This class will culminate with the Adobe Certification practice Examination in Photoshop and the opportunity to take the Adobe Certification test. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification test. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in the field of user interface and user experience design. Topics will include user-centered design, and the problem-solving techniques associated with designing with the user in mind. These themes will be addressed through project-based assignments that introduce students to concepts of user-empathy, analog and digital environments, and negotiating form and function. Lab fee required.
This course will cover the study of the principles and processes of four types of printmaking. Subjects such as Monotypes, Relief, Intaglio, and Serigraphy (silkscreen) will be covered. Studio fee required.
This course will explore through sculptural processes (both traditional and innovative) including: form, scale, texture, and surface design will be. Basic techniques of molding, joining, casting, and fabricating will be studied. Studio fee required.
This course provides the fundamental technical skills that will allow students to develop the creative utilization of digital technology in a Fine Art context. Students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the principles of art. Lab fee may be required.

This course covers the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You will cover word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation concepts and techniques with an emphasis on effective communication and adherence to sound design principles applied through the usage of the Microsoft Office Suite. This class will culminate in taking the Associate Microsoft Office Specialist examinations for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. In the event that all three Associate certification exams are passed, participants will be awarded the Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate certification. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification tests. Lab fee required.

This course will explore basic fiber techniques, both traditional and innovative including: form, color, and surface design. Skills in designing and fabricating two and three-dimensional objects, dyeing, weaving, and basketry will be explored. Studio fee required.

This course provides students with real-world experience in the art and design fields working with entities both internal and external to the institution. Students will have opportunities to work directly with clients and collaborate with other artists and designers. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an introduction to the investigation of clay as a medium for creating functional and sculptural forms. Techniques are taught in hand-building, glazing and firing. The historical aspect of ceramics, materials and basic glaze chemistry are covered through lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, and visual aids. This course is designed for art and non-art majors. Studio fee required.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects, this course explores all aspects of typography (the visualization of spoken language). Student exercises include type as image and the relationship between visual and verbal language, the expressive characteristics of letterforms, and type design classifications. This course also explores type terminology, typographic grids, hierarchy, typographic design, and history. Lab fee required.

This course provides students with a structured environment to showcase both personal design style and technical skills as it pertains to the field of Art and Design. Students will refine self-selected pieces, and develop an interactive platform in which to display the best of their work. Interviewing, résumé building, and job hunting are closely tied to the distribution of a portfolio and thus are a pivotal part of the course content. Students will conclude the course with a professional résumé, digital portfolio, and set of skills that will assist them in securing both a valuable internship and future career. Lab fee may be required.

This course covers the production and manipulation of digital imagery. Projects will address visual problem-solving for commercial or fine art purposes. Topics such as scanning, masking, compositing, color correction, resolution requirements, and production practices will be covered. File formats, techniques, and tools used in the graphic design field are emphasized. Imagery will be created for printed and screen use. This class will utilize lecture, demonstration, discussion, and hands-on experiences. This course addresses the concepts and techniques necessary to create illustrations for print, web, and multimedia applications. Students learn a graphic and conceptual approach to illustration through demonstrations and projects, which build on the existing knowledge of design and drawing. Projects range from business and information graphics to editorial, advertising, and technical illustration. Creativity, content, communication, and technical proficiency are emphasized. Lab fee required.

This course covers the creation of computer-generated vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for and test for industry level certification in Adobe Illustrator while learning current techniques associated with branding, logo design, and illustration for use in both print and screen. This class will culminate in taking the Adobe Certification practice examination in Illustrator and the opportunity to take the Adobe Certification test. Passing of the course does not guarantee passing of the industry level certification test. Lab fee required.

This course is an advanced study of the printmaking discipline, including its history, processes, and innovations. Students are expected to participate in the day to day operations of the printmaking studio. Studio fee required.

This course provides students with real-world experience in the art and design fields working with entities both internal and external to the institution. Students will lead teams and have opportunities to work directly with clients and collaborate with other artists and designers. Lab fee may be required.

This course introduces time as a design element and surveys the potential applications for motion in visual communication. Students will be exposed to the basic principles of animation and motion graphics, and develop the technical skills to apply these principles using industry standard software. Projects will integrate graphic form, typography, and message with movement, time, sequence, and sound. Lab fee required.

This course gives the student an understanding of the production cycle of printed materials. The student will develop a working knowledge of pre-press to press proof with a variety of printing demands. The student will learn how to use printing software and develop an understanding of professionally designed and produced materials. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an advanced study of the drawing discipline in various media, including its history, processes, and innovations.

This course is a study of drawing techniques and fundamentals of anatomical structure as related to the human form. Most work is completed from direct observation of the nude human figure. Studio fee required.

This course presents the foundation of 3D modeling and manufacturing through hands-on experience. Students will utilize their existing 3D modeling skills to physically prototype objects, and will learn about the software and hardware necessary to print in 3D. Course discussions will focus on the potential impact of this technology on our society, and on future uses of the techniques that are taught. Lab fee required.
This course is an advanced study of the fibers discipline, including its history, processes, and innovations. Students are expected to participate in the day to day operations of the fibers studio. Studio fee required.

This hands-on course provides students with the skills needed to design 3D models, materials, lighting, and animation using a popular 3D software application. Rendering techniques, camera usage, and surface-mapping will be covered in an effort to have students capable of producing photo-realistic images. Lab fee may be required.

This class is designed to familiarize students with painting in a digital medium. The students will learn to utilize painting programs to simulate the natural tools of the artist, such as watercolor, oils, charcoal and others. Students will use the various tools available in these programs such as brushes, paper textures, media palettes and mixers to create art work that can only be generated in a digital medium. Lab fee may be required.

This class explores the use of clay as a three-dimensional medium. Class projects are both functional and sculptural in nature, allowing the student to refine skills in wheel-throwing, hand-building, kiln firing, and more advanced glaze formulation. Studio fee required.

Juried review of work completed in fundamentals coursework. Proficiency/BFA eligibility will be pass/fail assessed. This course can be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.

This course is an advanced study of digital photographic techniques and principles. Students are required to have a digital camera of minimum 6 mp and a flash drive. Lab fee required.

This course is a survey of branding and identity design as it relates to organizations, individuals, or other systems. It introduces the concepts associated with the visualization of corporate or organizational character, reputation, and strategy. Topics associated with the simplification and abstraction of symbols, icons, logos, and style guides are given focus.

Students will build on the fundamentals of Typography I, and understand typographic nuance, experimental typography, and the development of custom typefaces in type development software. Lab fee may be required.

Prerequisite: AAD 25000

This course furthers an exploration in 3D space and design. Students can expect to be presented with problems they can solve through both digital and traditional processes. Lab fee required.

Continuing to build upon the skills and techniques covered in Intro to Web Design, this course focuses on the User Experience through the development of web environments and components. Continued use of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Frameworks, and other technologies should be expected along with the introduction of other techniques and technologies currently trending in the industry. A registered domain name and web hosting plan capable of supporting FTP, PHP, MySQL are mandatory. Lab fee required.

Continuing to build upon the skills and techniques covered in Web Design – User Experience I, this course focuses on the User Experience through the development of web environments and components. Continued use of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Frameworks, and other technologies should be expected along with the introduction of other techniques and technologies currently trending in the industry. A registered domain name and web hosting plan capable of supporting FTP, PHP, MySQL are mandatory. Lab fee required.

May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisites will vary by topic. Course fee may be required.

This course introduces students to the scientific qualities and properties of fashion fabrics. By investigating and testing the fibers, quality, construction, care and finishing of textiles, students learn the basics of fabric identification and specific uses in the fashion industry. This course requires lab projects and provides demonstrations of basic methods of textile design development, weaving, printing and dyeing.
This course explores the development of basic level apparel styles through the application of the draping principles on three-dimensional dress forms. Students study the process from initial design concept through first sample. Studio fee required.
This course addresses the historical background of the fashion industry as it relates to fashion careers and businesses. Assignments introduce the fashion design process, trend investigation, consumer research, soft goods retailing, e-commerce, apparel manufacturing, merchandising, and buying, textile design and development, sourcing and production, promotion and marketing, retail sales and management, entrepreneurship, professional behavior and basic business writing.
This course explores the development of intermediate level apparel styles through the application of pattern drafting principles. Students draft and execute professional standard patterns through flat pattern methods, measurements and rub-off. Students study the process from initial design concept through first sample. Studio fee required.

This course will introduce students to the basic steps of drawing fashion figures. Other facets of this course include rendering fabrics, flat sketches, and fashion accessories. Students will be required to build a mini-portfolio.

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to Apparel Production Management. Through the course the students will familiarize themselves with the supply chain from design concept to finished garments. Students will also learn about Technical Packages and how to build one for themselves. Graduate students will also conduct research about product management, global supply change and the environmental impact of the industry.
Using various software, students construct garment flats and illustrations, scan croquis, and design textiles and visuals. Emphasis on the computer as a tool to achieve apparel designs. Lab fee required.
This course requires students to utilize digital programs to create textile designs. Students will also be exposed to texture mapping and storyboards. Color modes, color matching and printing considerations will be discussed. Class time is divided between instructor demonstrations, student exercises, and arranged lab time for independent work. Lab fee required.
This course requires students to design and manipulate patterns using apparel industry-specific computer software, including digitizing, pattern grading and marker making. Technical design and production information is generated. Class time divided between instructor demonstrations, student exercises, and arranged lab time for independent work. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to teach students how to design fashions utilizing 3D digital software and equipment. Students will learn to use and explore; Modular Design, 3D Simulation & Layer, 3D Garment Edit, 3D Arrangement, 2D Pattern Design, Grading, Sewing & Tacking, Fabric, Hardware & trims, Fine-tuning, Avatar, Fit Check, Colorway, Print Layout, Render Image/Video, and Animation (Runway).

This course is a study of social and cultural history and the resulting costumes worn by men, women, and children from primitive times to 1900. Emphasis is given to the ways in which politics, economics, and technology affected the changing silhouettes of each period.

This course is a study of social history and the resulting costumes worn by men, women, and children in the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on the impact of cultural, political, and social changes. Emphasis is given to the ways in which politics, economics, and technology affected the changing silhouettes of each period, while exploring fashion and the psychology of dress in culturally diverse settings.

This course introduces students to the study of fashion accessories. Material covered will include an overview of the historic and contemporary components of accessories which will help students to better predict fashion trends. The specific accessories selected for study may vary from semester to semester. Studio fee may be required.

This course is a study of the commercial and professional elements of fashion, including analysis of merchandising and marketing practices within fashion and its related industries.

This course focuses on aspects of luxury retail branding, visual merchandising and display, from classic techniques to the most avant-garde developments. This course also reveals how both historic and innovative retailers can optimize their image with target markets through window and interior displays, branding, and new visual merchandising strategies.
This course will focus on typical buying tasks, identifying and understanding potential customers, creating a six-month merchandising plan, and developing sales forecasts, important retailing trends, including global buying and sourcing, omni-channel retailing, online retailing, mobile technologies, and social media.
This course focuses on aspects of luxury retail branding, visual merchandising and display, from classic techniques to the most avant-garde developments. This course also reveals how both historic and innovative retailers can optimize their image with target markets through window and interior displays, branding, and new visual merchandising strategies.
This course will focus on contemporary marketing practices including; online marketing, social media, video, mobile technologies, in-store technologies, augmented reality, digital spaces and traditional marketing principles, in addition to consumer online buying behaviors, e-commerce, changes in technology, and social issues within the fashion industry.
This online course will focus on three areas of communication; reading, writing, and speaking about fashion through traditional and electronic means including; newspaper, magazine, radio, TV, social media, and fashion blogging. This course will also, explore various languages used in basic conversation when communicating and traveling to various fashion capitals and conducting business around the world. Specific languages include; Mandarin, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, German, and Swahili.

Capstone

In this capstone experience course, students will research and complete a comprehensive project and present it in the format appropriate for the field.

Choose 1 of the following courses

Supervised on-campus work experience for Art and Design students which requires the application of principles, skills, and strategies within the discipline. May be repeated. Lab fee may be required.

Supervised work experience for the advanced student which requires the application of principles, skills, and strategies within the discipline. Requires signed internship agreement by student, faculty of record, and supervisor representing host organization. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

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