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DMA 120 Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2018
SUN#:  None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 2 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Focuses on aesthetics and composition for graphic design. Students will use Adobe InDesign software to create original designs for a variety of real-world projects. The course will focus on the basic principles of contrast, alignment, repetition, and proximity while exploring the important role typography plays in successful design solutions. Students will finish the semester with a complete electronic portfolio.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Use research and comprehensives as part of the design process. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
2. (Knowledge Level) Identify type elements, characteristics, and basic groups. (CSLO 2 & 3)
3. (Knowledge Level) Become aware of type connotations and implied meanings. (CSLO 2 & 3)
4. (Application Level) Recognize and employ effective type combinations. (CSLO 2 & 3)
5. (Application Level) Learn to spec type for legibility and aesthetic effect. (CSLO 2 & 3)
6. (Synthesis Level) Recognize, construct, and use various grid structures to establish layout structure. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
7. (Synthesis Level) Recognize and make use of symmetrical and asymmetrical layouts. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
8. (Synthesis Level) Identify and employ Gestalt organizational principles in designing layouts for publications. (CSLO 1, 2, 3 & 4)
9. (Application Level) Effectively use white space to convey meaning and enhance form. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
10. (Comprehension Level) Understand printing methods including spot versus process color. (CSLO 2 & 3)
11. (Synthesis Level) Properly scan, crop, resize, and import artwork and photographs. (CSLO 2 & 3)
12.(Evaluation Level) Develop critical skills in evaluating the effectiveness of type in design and layout. (CSLO 2,3 & 4)
Internal/External Standards Accreditation