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Computer Illustration
Course: AVC289

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   6.0 Period(s)   6.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Introduction to the multiple elements of commercial illustration using the microcomputer. Basic foundation in the use of computer techniques including color paint and draw programs for the production of commercial illustrations for publications and printed matter. Use of and output devices.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the basic operation of illustration software. (I)
2. Identify the electronic components required to generate commercial illustration productions. (II)
3. Utilize compositional theories as related to and incorporated into the foundational elements of illustration. (III, IV, VI)
4. Use various computer art skills, knowledge of color, and design. (IV, VI)
5. Edit graphic information. (IV, VI)
6. Execute final illustrations using hard copy. (IV, VI)
7. Utilize graphic input devices. (V, VI)
8. Design camera-ready illustrations through the use of software packages. (VI)
9. Employ design and composition to critically evaluate commercial illustrations. (VII)
10. Present an art portfolio ready for critique and evaluation. (VIII)
11. Prepare a professional portfolio. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Basic computer illustration techniques
II. Electronic commercial illustration productions
III. Procedures and compositional theories of illustration
   A. Downloading graphics
   B. Graphics manipulation
      1. Tone graduations
      2. Line
      3. Brush
      4. Stipple, splatter, airbrush techniques
IV. Illustration renderings
V. Graphic input devices
VI. Camera-ready illustration
   A. Line
   B. Tone
   C. Graphics manipulation
   D. Image manipulation
   E. Scaling
   F. Halftone
   G. Multi-color separations
   H. Hardcopy
VII. Illustration evaluation
   A. Design concepts
   B. Composition concepts
VIII. Portfolio
   A. Review/selection
   B. Format
   C. Assignments
   D. Resume
VII. Full-Color Editorial Illustration
   A. Image manipulation
   B. Scaling
   C. Halftone
   D. Multi-color separations
   E. Hardcopy of color separations
VIII. Illustration evaluation
   A. Design concepts
      1. Line
      2. Shape
      3. Texture
      4. Color
      5. Value
      6. Other
   B. Composition concepts
      1. Unity
      2. Balance
      3. Dominance
      4. Style
      5. Font characteristics
IX. Portfolio
   A. Review/selection
   B. Format
   C. Assignments
   D. Resume
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 28, 2023

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