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General Education Courses

Core Technical / Occupational Classes in Visual Communication

Foundation Core Classes (Semesters 1-4)

Upper Level Non-Major Specific Courses (Semesters 5-9)

Other Courses

Major Specific Core Technical / Occupational Classes in Visual Communication

Entertainment Art

Graphic Design


Interactive Design

Motion Design


AN 301 (2 credits)

Anthropology is the scientific study of the origins and nature of human beings. After introducing anthropology as a scientific study, the course will look into the salient features of physical anthropology and then of cultural anthropology. The former will investigate such topics as the origin of human beings, their life cycles, races, and prehistoric activities, while the latter will examine kinship, language, economic activities, religion, and politics as revealed by the known record. A final topic, within the realm of cultural anthropology, will be the role of art in the human experience.

Art History 1

AT 151 (2 credits) · Prerequisite: Art Introduction

Art History 1 introduces students to architecture, sculpture, painting, and the decorative arts produced by western cultures and those of the ancient Near East. It begins with the Paleolithic drawings and sculptures, continues through the art of Byzantium, and then moves onto European art from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era. It also introduces art of other cultures including Islamic, Pre-Columbian, and Meso-American art forms, giving students a global overview of the early history of art.

Art History 2

AT 201 (2 credits) · Prerequisite: Art History I

This course continues with the 18th century debate between the power of the aristocracy and the new philosophies of the Enlightenment. This course concludes with trends and controversies in contemporary art.

Art Introduction

AT 101 (2 credits)

Art Introduction helps students to make connections with art. What is art? What is the function of art? These and other questions relating to the construction of images and objects, their ability to communicate ideas, and how to evaluate the work in a critical way, are all explored and defined by the student.

Business Writing

BW 301 (2 credits) • Prerequisite: Contemporary Literature

Effective written communication in business and technical contexts is an essential skill. This course examines various forms of business and technical writing for Print and Web, developing and practicing professional approaches to researching, formatting, writing, and editing documents in a business environment.


CM 201 (2 credits)

This course emphasizes the analysis, understanding, and utilization of communication variables affecting human interaction. These variables include personal perception, feedback, idea development, and non verbal cues. The course focuses on small group and individual-to-individual communications in structured and non structured environments.

Contemporary Literature

KL 151 (2 credits)

Students read contemporary novels, poems, plays, and essays, and respond to them through discussion and written assignments. Various types of literary criticism are introduced in order to equip students with different “ways of reading.” Students hone the academic-writing skills they developed in English Composition, producing critical essays that build strong arguments to support theses about the reading assignments.

Creative Writing

KS 251 (2 credits)

This course encourages vision, expression, and personal growth through reading, analysis, and writing, with a focus on individual process. Students become familiar with the basic principles and forms of creative writing through lecture; analysis
of the works of established and emerging authors; and ongoing writing projects in fiction, poetry, and/or drama. Student work is shared and discussed in ongoing supportive workshops.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

KS 251 (2 credits)

This course encourages vision, expression, and personal growth through reading, analysis, and writing, with a focus on individual process. Students become familiar with the basic principles and forms of creative writing through lecture; analysis
of the works of established and emerging authors; and ongoing writing projects in fiction, poetry, and/or drama. Student work is shared and discussed in ongoing supportive workshops.

English Composition 1

WT 101 (2 credits)

Exploring and developing written communication skills and understanding their importance in personal and professional communication are the purposes of this class. Through a series of projects, students will draft and refine various types of compositions. They will learn to inform and persuade various audiences in a professional, literate manner while employing their own writing style.


TH 451 (2 credits)

Students develop important insights into the definition and practice of ethics in contemporary society. They gain a deeper understanding of how ethical behavior has been defined and practiced from the ancients (Greek and Asian) and how these definitions have been carried forward, modified, and redefined in modern and postmodern philosophy.

Popular Culture

PC 351 (2 Credits)

In this course, students examine American popular culture in the contemporary moment. Students take a step back from simply observing and consuming popular culture and in this course investigate how different cultural forms communicate ideas about the world.


KP 201 (2 credits)

Public Speaking is one of the most important courses a student can take. This course is designed to help the student become proficient at the types of public speaking that they will encounter in their personal and professional lives. The student will deliver no fewer than three speeches, all of considerable length. The types of speeches will include interview, persuasive, and impromptu. The persuasive speech will be written out in prose prior to the speech.

Quantitative Princples

QP 351 (2 Credits)

This course serves as an introduction to the power, scope, and richness of the mathematical ideas used in the modern world, with an emphasis on developing students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytic skills in dealing with quantities and their magnitudes and interrelationships. Students will explore a variety of topics that involve mathematical reasoning and in doing so, gain confidence and the ability to use various quantitative methods to solve problems.

Survey of Illustration

SI 251 (2 credits) • Prerequisite: Art History 2

Students survey the history of illustration and its relationship to both fine arts and commercial art and design. Students will learn about various areas within the field of illustration, including but not limited to advertising, editorial, concept art, and sequential imagery.

Additionally, students will explore a wide range of approaches to illustration by surveying historical and contemporary professional illustrators.

Visual Communication: History and Issues

VC 301 (2 Credits)

This course is a survey of the history of visual communication of the 19th, 20th, and into the early 21st centuries. This course seeks to place the practice of visual communication in a wider cultural context, highlighting the key debates and issues surrounding it. The course allows students to research individual areas of interest to broaden their knowledge of contemporary issues in visual communication.

Core Technical/Occupational Classes in the Visual Communication Program

Core technical or occupational classes, as distinguished from general education classes, provide education and training in areas associated with theoretical knowledge, technical skills, occupationally related skills, and associated competencies necessary for the student to achieve the Northwest College of Art & Design program objectives.

These descriptions are typical course offerings that make up our curriculum. They are intended to give you a broad overview of the B.F.A. degree programs. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the College. Changes may include but are not limited to course name, title, prerequisite, sequence, schedule, content, or credit value. Changes may occur whenever deemed necessary. Prerequisites may be waived by the Director of Education or the class instructor.

Foundation Core Classes (Semesters 1-4)

2D Design: Theory & Application

DT 101 (3 credits)

The 2D Design: Theory and Application course has two goals. The first is to familiarize students with the elements and principles of design. This will be accomplished through the application of art theory to specific assigned problems. The second goal is to learn specific ways to think creatively and develop original, innovative ideas. In order to excel as an artist, knowledge of art theory, while valuable, is not enough. Only by using your knowledge of design in unique and imaginative ways can the student hope to make an impression in any area of the arts. The assignments in this course will involve specific aspects of design and will teach students both the vocabulary and concepts of 2-dimensional design.

3D Design: Theory & Application

DT 151 (3 credits) • Prerequisite: 2-D Design

This course is an introduction to 3 dimensional design. Studio problems are used to familiarize students with basic design processes, principles and elements of 3 dimensional design. Studio experiences, readings, and written analysis challenge students to explore basic 3 dimensional design and color. This course emphasizes a balance between the formal and communicative aspects of design, where students are presented with design problems and are challenged to devise appropriate solutions. Research, problem-solving skills, craft, professionalism and articulate presentations are all important to success in this course.

Analytical Figure Drawing

FG 151 (3 Credits)

This class provides intensive study of human anatomy as it is related to drawing the figure. Principles of foreshortening, development of visual memory, observation of gesture, visual viewpoint, multiple figures, and figures in motion are addressed. This course introduces drawing the human form while emphasizing critical inquiry and analytical observation. Its purpose is to expand the way of seeing and describing the three dimensional human form on a two dimensional surface.


DR 101 (3 credits)

In this introductory drawing class students will be exposed to the basic theory and practice of drawing. The primary goal for this class is to develop technical skill through observational drawing. Students will explore and develop their facility with visual expression via mark making, line quality, value and composition.

Imagery & Design: Digital Image Manipulation

DI 251 (3 credits) • Prerequisite: Survey of Digital Art Applications

Students continue to develop image creation and manipulation skills using industry- standard computer applications. Advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop are introduced. Several comprehensive projects including advanced photo manipulation and advanced digital illustration work will be included. Additionally, a comprehensive understanding of scanning, resolutions, file management, and image output is expected.


MD 151 (3 credits)

This course is designed to give students hands-on experience with a variety of media that are frequently employed by professional artists and designers.

Painting Techniques

PT 201 (3 credits)

The purpose of this class is to provide each student with an introductory painting media experience extended from his or her knowledge of two dimensional design and drawing. This class uses a technical approach to the materials and the methods of representational painting from observation.

Survey of Digital Art Applications 1

DS 101 (3 credits)

Survey of Digital Art Applications is a hands- on introduction to the diverse and significant resources the computer offers the artist. This course is designed for students with either very limited or no experience in the computer arts and is designed to facilitate the student’s ongoing development of digital literacy. It sets the technical foundation for future college level use of digital technology. Students gain an understanding of the computer operating system, and attain a working knowledge of several leading applications currently used by computer artists and designers. Through lectures, demonstrations, and applied learning a foundation of general understanding, confidence, and skill is formed.

Survey of Digital Art Applications 2

DS 201 (3 credits) • Prerequisite: 3-D Design: Theory & Application

Survey of Digital Art Applications 2 is designed to continue to facilitate the student’s ongoing development of digital literacy. Students continue to develop
a working knowledge of several leading digital art and design applications used by professional computer artists and designers. Through lectures, demonstrations, and applied learning a strong foundation of general knowledge, skill and confidence in digital art and design applications continues to be developed.

Survey of Digital Photography

PH 201 (3 Credits)

This is an introductory course for the student and is designed to promote knowledge of digital photographic imaging tools and techniques. Topics include digital cameras, software, resolution, scanning and digital photographic printing.

Visual Development

VC 251 (3 Credits)

Well-developed design sketches and renderings enhance the quality of visual communication in a multitude of professional creative environments. This course emphasizes methods of visualizing creative design concepts clearly and precisely, and of communicating them to others in the same manner. Information is presented on technique, and the usage of traditional and digital tools.

Visual Storytelling

VS 251 (3 Credits)

This class is meant to serve as a basic introduction to the elements of visual storytelling. It offers an exploration of and practice with the basic concepts of cinematic narrative and visual storytelling. Visual Storytelling engages in the discussion of the language of filmmaking and the conventions (and innovations) of film history, animation, and sequential art. This class includes study of concepts such as shot types, continuity, pacing, transitions and sequencing in visual narrative design. Emphasis will be placed on planning and pre-visualization and the exploration and development of a cinematic vocabulary and storytelling technique.

Upper Level Non-Major Specific Courses (Semesters 5-9)

Business Planning and Practices

BP 351 (2 credits)

This course is an introduction to business for art and design related employment, career development, market research, and freelance issues. Learning to write, present, interview, research, and create business plans and other business documents are demonstrated, reviewed, and required.

Business Entrepreneurship

BP 401 (2 Credits)

In this class, students learn about the principles and practical aspects of entrepreneurship as they relate to the creative business industry. This class is designed to equip students with marketing and entrepreneurial knowledge, to develop strategic thinking, to develop a marketing plan and to effectively focus their time and talent on marketing their art and themselves.


IN 451 (3 credits)

Internships are a special opportunity for students to earn credit while working, gaining practical experience, and exploring career options in a professional setting.

Internships typically occur in the 9th regularly scheduled semester of the program. Internships may be scheduled to occur during a different, later semester only if the student is already scheduled to be enrolled in the program during that alternate semester (e.g., the 10th semester, 11th semester, etc.). Scheduling Internship to occur during an alternate semester requires approval by the administration.

Assistance in researching and identifying potential internships will be provided by the college, but the final responsibility for securing an approved internship rests solely upon the student. Students are required to submit signed documentation from an appropriate Internship Sponsor and to receive approval from the NCAD Administration by the 3rd week of their scheduled class.

Students who do not provide the NCAD Administration with documentation of an appropriate Sponsor, and have their internship approved by the Administration by the 3rd week of the semester they are enrolled in Internship, will receive a failing grade at that time for the class.
Approval of internships is not automatic. Student internships may be denied for various reasons at the discretion of the Administration, including if they are determined to not be in alignment with program learning outcomes.

To receive credit, students must complete 135 sponsor-approved (signed) internship hours during the scheduled semester.

Students must demonstrate regular progress in completing their required internship hours. Students will meet with an NCAD Internship Advisor a period of five times as scheduled over the course of the semester.

At each meeting (specifically meetings 2–5), students are expected to be able to document having completed 25% or more (approx. 34 hours) of their required hours that should have been completed during the time between meetings. At meeting two, students should be able to document 34 hours, at meeting three students should be able to document 68 hours, at meeting four students should be able to document 102 hours, and at meeting five students should be able to document 135 or more hours completed.

Failure to attend regularly scheduled class meetings or failure to demonstrate regular progress over the course of the semester in completing required hours will result in failure from the class.

Portfolio 1: Vis Comm

PR 401 (3 Credits)

In this class, part 1 of a two-part class sequence, B.F.A. Visual Communication program students will be required to determine specific career goals and to develop a proposed direction to take in their creative efforts. They will create an entirely new body of work to facilitate reaching their stated career goals. While students will each propose and develop their own individual projects, the class itself will become a critique and support group meeting wherein the student will receive weekly feedback from the instructor and their peers. Students will be required to develop their critical and diplomatic communication skills, and to participate fully and honestly in the weekly critiques. The student must satisfactorily demonstrate an acceptable level of development and completion of their proposed body of new work in order to receive a passing grade for this class and to be considered eligible to advance to Portfolio 2: Vis Comm.

In this class, a final class grade of B- or below is considered unsatisfactory. A grade of “B-” or lower will be reflected on the students’ transcript as a grade of “F.”

Portfolio 2: Vis Comm

PR 451 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Portfolio 1: Vis Comm

This course is the continuation of the portfolio development process initiated in Portfolio 1: Vis Comm. Special emphasis in this course will be placed upon developing further and finishing the production and presentation of the body of creative work begun in Portfolio 1.

Students will continue to be required to refine their critical and diplomatic communication skills, and to participate fully and honestly in the weekly critiques.

Students must participate in and successfully complete a final graduate portfolio review by the class instructor and have their portfolios accepted and approved by the NCAD Director of Education prior to the last day of the regularly scheduled class to successfully pass this class and therefore to complete the portfolio eligibility requirements necessary for graduation.

In this class, a final class grade of B- or below is considered unsatisfactory. A grade of “B-” or lower will be reflected on the students’ transcript as a grade of “F.”

Principles of Finance

PS 351 (2 credits) • Prerequisite: Quantitative Principles

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of personal and business finance. Students will analyze typical personal and business-related financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights
and responsibilities as consumers and business persons, and apply the knowledge learned to financial situations, in such areas as money management, budgeting, financial goal attainment, the wise use of credit, insurance, investments, and consumer rights and responsibilities.

This course does require a basic understanding of mathematics as well as economic concepts and accounting principles. The course does emphasize practical application and problem solving techniques. The primary objective is to provide the student with the tools to understand and solve the basic financial problems confronting them today and tomorrow.

Principles of Marketing

PM 351 (2 credits)

This course provides an overview of marketing, and of building relationships between products and services and consumers, businesses and markets. Students develop a basic understanding of the marketing concepts including the marketing mix (product, place, promotion and price), segmentation, targeting, positioning, customer value, branding, marketing metrics, consumer and business behavior, ethics and social responsibility in marketing, market planning, market research and competitive analysis.
Additionally, students in this course will have the opportunity to evaluate and to formulate marketing strategies.

Principles of Sales

PS 351 (2 credits)

This course explores the principles of selling. Effective and ineffective sales methods are studied in order to increase the understanding of the sales process. This course explores the sales process, identifies the key traits of a successful sales personality, and critical factors necessary for success in sales. The objective of this course is to offer comprehensive, actionable information and lay the foundation for mastering sales skills applicable in any situation. Topics in this course may also include the relationship of sales to marketing, relationship marketing, the sales cycle, sales promotions, and the impact of technology upon sales.

Senior Thesis 1: Vis Comm

ST 401 (2 Credits)

This course is the first of a two-part course sequence wherein the Visual Communication BFA program student begins development and production of their required senior thesis. Each student applying for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication must complete a written thesis as approved by their Senior Thesis instructor(s) and NCAD’s Director of Education. The written thesis will be comprised four component parts: (1) a biographical component; (2) a research component; (3) a work explication component; and (4) a future goals component. These four components when combined will constitute the written thesis. The student must satisfactorily demonstrate an acceptable level of completion of each part of the thesis requirements in order to receive a passing grade for this course and to be considered eligible to advance to Senior Thesis 2: Vis Comm.

In this class, a final class grade of B- or below is considered unsatisfactory. A grade of “B-” or lower will be reflected on the students’ transcript as a grade of “F.”

Senior Thesis 2: Vis Comm

ST 451 (2 Credits) • Prerequisites: Senior Thesis 1: Vis Comm

This course is the second in a two-part course sequence wherein the student develops and produces their required senior thesis.

During this course, students must produce and submit to NCAD two printed copies of their final, approved thesis according to specifications that will be provided during this semester. This printed work is to be completed by the end of the semester, and is to be submitted to and must be accepted by the NCAD Director of Education prior to the last day of the regularly scheduled course.

In this class, a final class grade of B- or below is considered unsatisfactory. A grade of “B-” or lower will be reflected on the students’ transcript as a grade of “F.”

Other Courses

College Success Strategies

CS 101 (2 Credits)

This first semester course assists students in their transition into the NCAD community. The class communicates NCAD’s academic policies and student success expectations, connects students to NCAD resources, teaches skills for academic and personal success, stresses peer relationships, and seeks to motivate students to persist through the challenges of their education and career development. In this course students develop an understanding of the skills and motivation required to be successful at NCAD, as well as have developed academic and personal success strategies that can be applied during both their education and afterwards in their professional lives.

Major Specific Core Technical/Occupational Classes (Semesters 5-9)

Entertainment Art

3D Entertainment Art Foundations

EA 301 (3 Credits)

In this course, students explore the use of professional-level software to create 3D digital images and animation for print, interactive multimedia, motion design, computer games and for the Web. Topics include introductory techniques of 3D modeling, texturing, animation, rendering, editing and compositing.

Advanced Entertainment Art

EA 451 (3 Credits)

This advanced course allows students to use their artistic skills and technical knowledge to create professional quality 3D assets and animation. This course will emphasize knowledge of digital animation workflow, pipeline, production, and professionalism. The course is modeled on a production environment and work must be completed within set deadlines to prepare students for the methods, environments, and conditions experienced in the production arena.

Model Design 1

MD 301 (3 Credits)

This course explores the beginning of the digital animation process by creating models from concept art to final computer-generated digital imagery. Students begin this course with preproduction of a model, developing concept art and model sheets. Students then explore a variety of topics including modeling basics and production modeling techniques. In this course, students will complete a 3D digital model appropriate for use in broadcast film or high-resolution game technology.

Model Rigging & Animation

MR 351 (3 Credits)

This course provides students with the knowledge and expertise to add skeletal structures to their models. Students learn the techniques involved with the creation of model setups, by developing rigs and skeletal structures used in an animation pipeline.

Model Shading & Lighting

MS 351 (3 Credits)

This course investigates the mood and lighting, look and feel, shadows and shading, reflections and atmospheres that bring scenes and models to life.

Model Texturing

MT 351 (3 Credits)

In this course, students develop an eye for texturing and lighting modeled objects and scenes that parallel the real world. This course builds on the core 3D digital art concepts, including surface lighting and shadow observations and techniques. In this course students develop expertise in creating and applying surface texture to their digital environments and models.

Visual Effects

VE 401 (3 Credits)

In this course, students are provided with the skills required to create dynamic, effective, and believable digital animations, emphasizing the creation of photo-realistic content and animation for advertising, film and video games. Students in this course learn advanced techniques for the effective simulation of environmental forces, and to recreate natural phenomenon and other elements found in nature that when used effectively can bring added realism to a digitally animated scene.

Graphic Design

Advanced Design

AD 451 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Typography 1 & 2

Advanced Design requires the student to prepare highly conceptual, creatively conceived, and professionally presented design work. There is an emphasis on real-life graphic design projects, as well as concentration on preparing portfolio works with high levels of content and craftsmanship.

Design Production

DP 401 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Imagery & Design: Digital Image Manipulation

The purpose of this course is to develop core competencies in digital prepress. It provides students with theoretical and practical information regarding the multiple required elements of digital pre press and production. Course content includes information and class discussions on paper and printing, industry standards, and contemporary digital file preparation and production practices. This class also presents a broad overview of color printing processes and digital practices, and gives students information and skills relevant to professional design production planning practices, and may more effectively supervise or estimate printing operations, and communicate effectively with creative service vendors or buyers.

Graphic Design 1

GD 301 (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Imagery & Design: Digital Image Manipulation This class introduces exploration and application of the basic design methods of problem solving as used in graphic design. Emphasis is on innovative solutions and understanding design layout as related to corporate identity, brochures, posters, packaging, and a variety of client-related graphics.

Graphic Design 2

GD 401 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Graphic Design 1

This course emphasizes teamwork and group effort to create effective graphic design and print advertising. A strong focus is placed on preparing design students for professional practice, through experiencing the complex system of connections of ideas and research necessary to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences through graphic design. This course also explores the history and methods of graphic design and examines the processes involved in coordinating art and typography with verbal and visual content.

Students will be expected to expand their proficiency in all aspects of the design process, including creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, technical proficiency, and presentation.

Typography 1

TP 351 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Graphic Design 1

This class covers the fundamentals of typography: theory, practice, and history. Students will explore type from introductory usage to the advance use of type. The course includes the study of letter forms, composition, layout and page systems, typographic expression and communication, type with image, proportion and grids, hierarchy, legibility, etc.

Typography 2

TP 401 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Typography 1

This course focuses on continuing the refinement of practical skill and aesthetic sensitivity in typographic principles introduced and developed in Typography 1. This course continues to explore issues of typographic design in context and to develop core competencies in digital typography. Advanced project work in this class addresses functional as well as expressive contemporary typographic design issues.

Web Design

IC 351 (3 Credits)

This is an introductory website design and production course. It covers how to design and adapt content for the Internet and then produce fully functional websites that incorporate both text and graphics. Basic html, xhtml, and css coding, plus site architecture and navigational methods will be covered. Cross platform and browser issues will also be addressed.


Advanced 3D Design

DT 301 (3 credits) • 3D Design: Theory & Application

Working in 3 dimensions permits the use and application of a diverse range of conceptual and material possibilities. Sculptural materials are enormously nuanced in what they can suggest. In this class students will examine how objects and various sculptural strategies can be used to convey complex concepts and ideas using materials such as plaster, Sculpy, paper, clay, wood, latex, fabric, foam or found objects. Projects are structured to introduce students to a variety of materials and methods of working. Character design, model making, prototyping, casting, and work with found objects are some of the areas that students will explore and develop.

Advanced Painting Techniques

PT 301 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Painting Techniques

Students continue to explore the technical and expressive possibilities of painting media. The class will focus on the formal, conceptual, and technical problems in painting from observation. The purpose of the Advanced Painting Techniques course is to provide each student with a specific painting media experience, including an advanced technical approach to materials, to improve perceptual and rendering skills, and/ or to teach the student original and advanced problem-solving strategies and practices in terms of painting media. Original, mature idea development and good composition will be stressed.

Advanced Illustration

IL 451 (3 Credits)

The ability to bring a creative project to a full and successful level of finish is an essential professional skill. This is a comprehensive course designed to test the student’s ability to create, complete, and document an advanced illustration project of his or her choosing. This course requires students to meet goals they set for themselves through individualized projects, and that they meet them fully with the highest degree of execution. In a written proposal, each student will present his or her project for the semester (e.g., a series of illustrations, a graphic novel, a children’s book, posters, etc.). Work may be in any medium (digital or traditional), in any format and on any theme, but these parameters must be clearly set out. Work on the project will be conducted in the studio during class time and outside of class, and will be focused on the full realization of a finished product that meets the specific standards set out in the original proposal. Quality of execution is the goal, and less successful or preliminary pieces will be re- worked to elevate them to the appropriate level for the project as a whole.

Digital Painting

DP 351 • (3 Credits)

This is an intensive introduction to the world of digital painting. Students will use pressure sensitive digital tablets in combination with raster and vector based software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and other imaging programs to develop powerful methods and skills used to combine traditional and digital skills. Students will create and develop digital images using drawing and painting techniques, collage, masking, compositing, and precise color adjustment. Idea development within real world parameters, originality, aesthetics and technical proficiency are emphasized. Project work may involve designing and illustrating environments, figures, props, key frame illustrations, color keys, editorial narrative illustration and more.

Illustration 1: Fundamentals

IL 351 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Analytical Figure Drawing

This course presents illustration as a means of communicating ideas. This course addresses fundamental concepts in illustration and seeks to expand students’ capability to solve visual problems with creative, individual and expressive imagery. Various materials and practices are addressed (both traditional and digital).

Illustration 2: Concept & Style

IL 401 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Illustration 1: Fundamentals

In this intermediate illustration course students are asked to create illustrations with an emphasis on the development of well- conceived and selected concepts that express personal vision and result in the successful visual communication of their concept. The development of personal style is examined and emphasized in light of its fundamental importance in the marketplace.

Interactive Design

Advanced Interactive Design

ID 451 (3 Credits)

This course is designed to facilitate student acquisition of knowledge and skill regarding interactive design for different applications such as mobile computing, embedded systems, and interactive media like interactive 3D and games. Students will practice advanced design methodologies to complete complex interactive design projects with limited supervision and must successfully participate in a team-based production environment to produce interactive media.

Information Design

ID 301 (3 Credits)

This course introduces and explores the areas of information and user interface design and their use in the field of interactive design. Students in this course develop a working knowledge of how to structure, visualize, and present information to the end users of screen-based media.

Interactive Programming

ID 401 (3 Credits)

This course introduces programming techniques using a scripting language to develop projects that include interactive websites, experimental interactive work and online games. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the fundamentals of programming, program design and problem solving and is oriented towards developing practical skills utilized in client-side programming for the web.

Interactive Web Design 1

IW 351 (3 Credits)

The course focuses on user interface (UI) design, creating prototypes, usability, interactivity, navigation, user experience, and graphics for interactive web sites. This course emphasizes the application of design methodologies, tools, and techniques utilized in contemporary web design and development, focusing on web standards compliant XHTML and CSS as well as accessibility issues and usability. Web delivery methods for sound, video, animation and interactive content will also be addressed to facilitate and enhance the student’s ability to design practical, compelling user experiences and to build professional-level sites.

Interactive Web Design 2

IW 401 (3 Credits)

This course builds on skills developed in IW 351 and introduces the student to more advanced tools and techniques for designing websites using current web design and development tools. Students continue to develop skill in the conceptualization, design, and production of effective interactive websites through rigorous examination, analysis, and evaluation.

Introduction to Time-Based Media

IM 301 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Imagery & Design: Digital Image Manipulation

This course provides an introduction to the basic practices of time-based digital media, including animation and motion design, with emphasis on narrative, planning of action, and sequencing of images. Basic production techniques, project planning, linear and non-linear narrative, and the integration of various media to explore the possibilities of time-based experiences are fundamental components of this course.

Students will learn about basic production techniques, project planning, and concepts integral to digital animation and motion design. This course is for the student interested in beginning to use video and animation as an expressive and communicative art form in conjunction with other media. Aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues will be addressed through lectures, demonstrations, exercises, projects, and readings.

Motion Design

Advanced Motion Design

AM 451 (3 Credits)

In this advanced course, students build upon their knowledge of motion design and the skills learned in Motion Design 1 and 2. Students use a variety of motion graphic design, digital video, and sound editing software to create advanced motion design projects. Students in this course are subject to contemporary industry production guides and guidelines in the development of their projects, emphasizing the incorporation of appropriate methodologies for effective project planning and efficient project workflow.

Motion Design 1

MD 351 (3 Credits)

In this course, students learn motion design concept development and continue to explore the practice of the production of motion design for broadcast, film, and the web for specific audiences utilizing industry-standard compositing and animation tools.

Motion Design 2

MD 401 (3 Credits)

Concept, research, design and industry- standard pre- and post-production methodologies utilized for motion design continue to be addressed and explored in this second motion design course. An emphasis is placed on design presentation and development, cinematography, graphic transitions and asset development.

Video 1: Introduction to Digital Video

DV 301 (3 Credits • Prerequisite: Imagery & Design: Digital Image Manipulation

This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of digital video and the creative exploration of the art of moving images. It is a hands-on introduction to the principles and techniques of digital media production: shooting digital video, developing a practical vocabulary of cinematic movement, understanding video lighting and exposure, composition, and the logic of editing.

Video 2: Video Production

DV 351 (3 Credits) • Prerequisite: Video 1: Introduction to Digital Video

This second video course emphasizes independent video-making techniques, concepts, and production skills. Students explore traditional cinematic and video ideas through structured assignments that emphasize critical visual thinking, narrative development, and encourages the development of an intermediate level understanding of film (video) structure and language.