Graphic Design Course Descriptions

NOTE: Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed a $65 Design Lab Fee: DES 222, 225, 322, 325, 326, 425, 436, 438, 439, 465, 498, 499. Contact the department at 860-832-2557 for additional information.

DES 100        Introduction to Graphic/Information Design       3
Overview of the principles, practices, and purposes of the field of graphic/information design. Not recommended for majors. Irregular. Study Area I

DES 122        Fundamentals of Graphic/Information Design       3
Exploration of Graphic/Information Design principles, practices, and problem solving. Pre-Graphic/Information Design majors only. No transfer credit will be accepted. May be repeated only with the permission of the department chair. Fall. Study Area I

DES 222       Graphic/Information Design I       3
Prereq.:  ART 130 (with a grade of C- or higher). Introductory techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Explores issues relating to typographic, symbolic, and three- dimensional design. Open to majors only. 

DES 225        History & Design of Typography       3
Prereq.:  DES 222 (C- or higher). Exploration of the history of letter forms including exercise in design and application in contemporary use. Majors only. Fall. 

DES 322        Graphic/Information Design II       3
Prereq.:  DES 222 (grade of B or higher) and DES 225 (C- or higher) and either ART 230 or 224 (with a grade of C- or higher).  Continuation of DES 222. Advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Typographic and series design solutions will be stressed. Open to majors only. 

DES 325        Digital Imaging for Design I       3
Prereq.:  DES 322 (with a grade of C- or higher) admission to BA Graphic/Information Design or permission of instructor.  Computer processing of image for design (graphic/information) using a variety of programs. Image enhancement, manipulation, and derivation techniques will be explored. Open to majors only. 

DES 326        Digital Imaging for Design II       3
Prereq.:  DES 325 (with a grade of C- or higher). Advanced computer processing of image for design  (graphic/information) using a variety of programs. Additional image enhancement, manipulation, and derivation techniques will be explored. Open to majors only. 
 
DES 419        History of Design     3
Prereq.:  ART 110 or 112 or 113 (with grades of C- or higher). History and philosophy of design function and aesthetics. Topics include graphic design, industrial design, and architectural design. NOTE: A grade of C or better is needed for graduate students to count this course as a prerequisite. [I] [GR]

DES 425        Three-Dimensional Imaging for Graphic/Information Design       3
Prereq.:  DES 325 (C- or higher). Exploration of the artistic and creative three dimensional visual effects including modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing as it applies to the practice of Graphic/Information Design. Majors only. Spring. 

DES 436        Graphic/Information Design III       3
Prereq.:  ART 224 and DES 322 (both with grades of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 322. Additional advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Campaign and expansive design solutions will be stressed. Open to majors only. [GR] 

DES 437        Design Internship       3
Prereq.:  DES 326 and DES 436 (grade of C- or higher) and permission of instructor. Internship with professional graphic/information design organization. Open to majors only. 
 
DES 438        Graphic/Information Design IV       3
Prereq.:  DES 436 (with grade of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 436. Additional advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Professional presentation and design for the web will be stressed. Open to majors only. [GR] 
 
DES 439        Central Design       3
Prereq.:  DES 326 and DES 436 (both with grades of C- or higher) and successful Central Design portfolio review; permission of instructor. Graphic/information design practice. Features real project and production situations with simulation of a real world graphic/information design atmosphere. Open to majors only. [GR] 

DES 465        Topics in Graphic/Information Design       3
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Selected topics in graphic/information design. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of six credits. Open to majors only. [GR] 

DES 498        Independent Study in Graphic/Information Design       1 TO 3
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Special independent work to meet individual interest in areas not covered by regular curriculum. May include interdisciplinary information design projects. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Open to majors only. On demand. [GR] 
 
DES 499        Computer Applications for Graphic/Information Design       3
Prereq.: DES 326 (with a grade of C- or higher) and DES 425 (with a grade of C- or higher) or permission of instructor. Study of the relationship of computer application in contemporary graphic/information design practice. Laboratory exploration of relevant software and its application in the field. Open to majors only. [GR] 

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