Mar 24, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

GA 101 - Orientation to Graphics

Credit Hours: 2

For those thinking about a career in graphic design, this course provides the student with basic skills and concepts. Emphasis on the history, terminology and sequencing used in the production of traditional printed information. Students will be given hands-on projects that reinforce the importance of typography, the principles and elements of design and layout as well as the graphics measuring systems.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify basic terminology used in the printing industry;
  • recognize major individuals and dates in history who contributed to the invention of the printing process;
  • identify various products such as advertising/ads, posters, calendars, brochures, newsletters, books, product labels & packaging, music industry products, postcards, etc. as viable products for printing; their varied uses and appearances;
  • recognize products from the past that are examples of fine communication/printing craftsmanship and beauty;
  • understand the basic process used to produce a product in the printing industry as well as identify basic equipment;
  • measure in points and picas, compare and convert point and picas to other measurement systems;
  • understand, be able to decipher and apply mark-up codes to rough copy;
  • identify the fundamentals of typography;
  • identify basic components and principles of good layout and design;
  • identify the differences between thumbnails, roughs, comprehensives and how to render a basic rough;
  • correctly measure and mark-up specified projects using points and picas; and
  • be able to utilize a sketch/note book as a means for collecting and organizing related ideas, data, information, etc. as part of the process involved in designing products for printing.

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