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Visual Communications Course Descriptions

VC101 Special Topics in Visual Comm
Offers a variable format class to gain an enhanced knowledge of software, current graphic arts issues, or industry standards. Presents different topics each term. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications program may be required for some topics and will be identified in the schedule of classes each term. Varies depending on the topic each term. Offered as needed.
1 Credits

VC102 Special Topics in Visual Comm
Offers a variable format class to gain an enhanced knowledge of software, current graphic arts issues, or industry standards. Presents different topics each term. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications program may be required for some topics and will be identified in the schedule of classes each term. Varies depending on the topic each term. Offered as needed.
2 Credits

VC103 Special Topics in Visual Comm
Offers a variable format class to gain an enhanced knowledge of software, current graphic arts issues, or industry standards. Presents different topics each term. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications program may be required for some topics and will be identified in the schedule of classes each term. Varies depending on the topic each term. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

VC111 Intro to Visual Communications
Presents an overview of the graphic arts and the Visual Communications program and potential careers. Includes creative exercises, ethics, and professional practices. Prerequisite: Admission in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. F
4 Credits

VC114 Intro to Digital Graphics
Introduces students to raster and vector image editing software for graphic artists. Includes instruction in professional software used in photo editing and vector illustration. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications Program; or consent of instructor. F
4 Credits

VC115 Intro to Digital Layout
Introduces students to digital layout software in both print and Web design for graphic artists. Includes instruction in page layout for creating print publications, and design and development software and techniques used in the creation of basic Web sites. Prerequisite: VC114 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

VC130 PhotoShop 1
Introduces the concepts and techniques of digital image manipulation and correction. Prerequisite: Previous computer experience; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su
2 Credits

VC131 Photoshop 2
Refines and expands the concepts and techniques of digital imaging tools with application to digital illustration. Prerequisite: VC130 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
2 Credits

VC133A InDesign 1
Introduces Adobe InDesign, the industry-standard for page layout and design. Prerequisite: Previous computer experience. F, Sp
2 Credits

VC134 Dreamweaver
Introduces Adobe Dreamweaver web development software to create basic web pages and maintain an online presence. Prerequisite: Previous computer experience; or consent of instructor. F, Sp
2 Credits

VC139 Illustrator 1
Introduces the use of vector graphic software Illustrator. Prerequisite: Previous computer experience; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
2 Credits

VC140 Illustrator 2
Continues the use of vector graphic software Illustrator. Prerequisite: VC139 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
2 Credits

VC144 Dreamweaver 2
Expand web development skills and knowledge using Adobe Dreamweaver web development software. Prerequisite: VC134 with a grade of C or better; or equivalent experience as determined by instructor; or consent of instructor. W
2 Credits

VC147 Cascading Style Sheets
Introduces the theory and use of Cascading Style Sheets, the presentation language for layout and styling of Web pages. Covers creating basic layouts, formatting text, implementing background images, applying simple animations and visual effects, and targeting designs for different devices. Prerequisite: Previous computer experience; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
2 Credits

VC151 Graphic Production
Introduces graphic production knowledge and processes for both print and online applications. Includes theory and hands-on work with digital color and color management, raster and vector images, transparency and masking, task automation, and output processes. Prerequisite: VC114 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Offered as needed
3 Credits

VC171 Special Projects
Provides the opportunity to work on special projects agreed upon by contract between student and instructor. Topics may include individualized tutorial study of software, independent work on projects, or in-depth study of graphic arts processes and procedures. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
1 Credits

VC172 Special Projects
Provides the opportunity to work on special projects agreed upon by contract between student and instructor. Topics may include individualized tutorial study of software, independent work on projects, or in-depth study of graphic arts processes and procedures. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
2 Credits

VC173 Special Projects
Provides the opportunity to work on special projects agreed upon by contract between student and instructor. Topics may include individualized tutorial study of software, independent work on projects, or in-depth study of graphic arts processes and procedures. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

VC201 Advanced Topics in Visual Comm
Presents variable formats, discussions, and demonstrations. Topics vary each term. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program or evidence of equivalent experience required by topic; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
1 Credits

VC202 Advanced Topics in Visual Comm
Presents variable formats, discussions, and demonstrations. Topics vary each term. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program or evidence of equivalent experience required by topic; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
2 Credits

VC203 Advanced Topics in Visual Comm
Presents variable formats, discussions, and demonstrations. Topics vary each term. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program or evidence of equivalent experience required by topic; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

VC224 Layout 1: Page Design
Introduces the basics of page, layout emphasizing the grid. Includes assignments focusing on common challenges in digital page layout, and developing both technical and creative thinking skills. Prerequisite: VC114 and ART244, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

VC225 Layout 2: Interm Page Design
Further develops the skills required in design and page layout. Prerequisite: VC224 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Corequisite: VC246. F
4 Credits

VC226 Layout 3: Publication Design
Applies the concepts and skills of the design and layout process to the principles of publication design. Prerequisite: VC225 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

VC235 Interface Design
Introduces students to interface design for desktop and mobile browser-based platforms. Course approaches interface design problems from both visual design and usability perspectives. Includes requirements analysis, design process, grid and hierarchy, usability, and basic technical features and limitations of the medium. Prerequisite: ART224 and VC224, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

VC237 Web Design 1
Introduces the techniques and skills needed to plan and create basic graphics and layouts for the World Wide Web using industry standard coding practices, web editors, and graphics applications. Prerequisite: VC115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

VC238 Web Design 2
Develops the techniques and skills needed to plan, design, and implement web sites and create complex graphics and layouts for the World Wide Web using industry standard coding practices, web editors, and graphics applications. Prerequisite: VC237 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

VC239 Web Design 3
Further develops advanced techniques and skills needed to plan, design, build and launch complex web sites using industry standard technologies and web editors. Focuses on building sophisticated web sites using Web standards including Cascading Style Sheets and HTML, and on the study of web hosting, web statistics, content management systems, and other advanced topics in web design. Prerequisite: VC238 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

VC241 Interactive Media
Presents an exploration of creating and implementing interactive experiences to communicate narratives and information on digital devices. Focuses on the principles and application of graphic design, user interaction design, and user feedback methods as they apply to digital experiences on touch devices (tablet and mobile) and desktop devices. Prerequisite: CIS133SC and VC238, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

VC243 Animation 1
Covers concepts, methods and techniques of creating traditional animations. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

VC246 File Prep
Builds knowledge of readying digital files for offset printing. Presents common file problems and their solutions, including issues with page geometry, vector and raster files, application of color, font use, PDF files, and final proofing and output. Corequisite: VC225. Prerequisite: VC151 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F
3 Credits

VC251 Color Correction
Covers advanced study and application of color management, image correction and print preparation techniques for photographs. Prerequisite: VC151 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

VC271A Design Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on the design and production of graphic design projects for real clients. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
1 Credits

VC271B Web Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on the design and production of live web sites. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
1 Credits

VC271C Photo Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on photography for live projects. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
1 Credits

VC272A Design Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on the design and production of graphic design projects for real clients. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
2 Credits

VC272B Web Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on the design and production of live web sites. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
2 Credits

VC272C Photo Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on photography for live projects. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program. Offered as needed.
2 Credits

VC273A Design Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on the design and production of graphic design projects for real clients. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

VC273B Web Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on the design and production of live web sites. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

VC273C Photo Studio
Provides the opportunity to work with an instructor on photography for live projects. Any combination of the courses may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

VC280A Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
1 Credits

VC280B Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
2 Credits

VC280C Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
3 Credits

VC283 Business of Graphic Arts
Introduces common operation procedures of creative businesses; and emphasizes graphic arts trade practices for both freelancers and small organization. Includes instruction on project management skills: Production schedules, estimating, working with clients, hourly rates, record keeping, and billing procedures. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the Visual Communications program; or consent of instructor. Corequisite: VC284, and VC285A or VC285B. Sp
4 Credits

VC284 Portfolio
Serves as a capstone course for all students in the Graphic Design program. Includes portfolio building, job markets, résumés, business stationery, and mock interviews. Participation in a class portfolio show is a graduation requirement. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the Visual Communications program. Corequisite: VC283, and VC285A or VC285B. Sp
4 Credits

VC285A Design Portfolio Preparation
Serves as a capstone course for all students pursuing a Graphic Design degree in the Visual Communications program. Includes the analysis and reworking of previous projects and the development of new pieces to include in a portfolio to assist students in getting started on a career path. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the Visual Communications program. Corequisite: VC283 and VC284. Sp
2 Credits

VC285B Web Portfolio Preparation
Serves as a capstone course for all students pursuing an Interactive Media degree in the Visual Communications program. Includes the analysis and reworking of previous projects and the development of new pieces to include in a portfolio to assist students in getting started on a career path. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the Visual Communications program. Corequisite: VC283 and VC284. Sp
2 Credits

XVC0001A Computer Graphics Camp
Introduces young adults to the concepts and skills involved in creating computer graphics.
0 Non-Credit

XVC0001B Summer Graphics Camp
Introduces graphic arts and the Visual Communications program. Introduces the technical skills to create,and the aesthetic skills to evaluate, visual projects.
0 Non-Credit

XVC0001C Making the Digital Connection
Visual Communications (non-cr)
0 Non-Credit

XVC0524A Careers: Film/Video Production
Visual Communications (non-cr)
0 Non-Credit

XVC0524B Digital Media Production
Introduces the creation of digital video and audio projects. Covers work with hardware and editing software . Includes digital production and editing techniques. Prerequisite: Demonstrated ability to work with computers. Offered as needed
0 Non-Credit

XVC9600A Computer Photos
Visual Communications (non-cr)
.65 CEU

XVC9600D Professional-Looking Documents
Provides an overview of basic design and typography concepts and their application to creating documents in an educational setting.
.15 CEU