In this program, students will create interactive media and content for websites, applications and stand-alone delivery. Using industry standard software, students design and develop images, 2D and 3D animations, audio, video, and navigation for use in the advertising, educational and entertainment industries. They also study interface design, basic web page programming, usability, testing and project management.
GRDT 1001 This is an introductory course that prepares all students for entry into the graphic design or web and multimedia design fields. General overviews will be given of the visual arts, photography, and graphic design fields. Students will learn basic computer operations, how to use the local campus network for servers and printers, ad an introduction to the online classroom resources. Additionally, students will learn to prepare, mount, display, and present design work.
GRDT 1006 This course covers the historical background of color. Artist colors are explored using terminology in conjunction with painting mixing to reflect the terminology. Creative color assignments are given to enhance knowledge and skill. Commercial reproduction of color will be addressed with the translation of artist colors to print colors. Color interpretations and trends are also discussed. Digital color, corrections on digital files and how color works on the computer monitor and web will be covered as well as printing from digital files. Color management of files will also be included.
GRDT 1010 This is an introduction to the basic tools used for image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. Image modification and compositing, use of the scanner, and mastery of Photoshop tools are stressed. Image adjustment, enhancement and layer masks are also
GRDT 1016 This course covers the basics of typography and development of page layout in graphic design processes. It provides an overview of the graphic design profession and a historical framework for modem typography and layout practices. Typography classification and identification are covered. Design elements and principles are used as a foundation of any design work. Both screen and print formats are explored. Students work with type and visuals to create layouts and solve design assignments.
GRDT 1030 In this course, the principles and elements of design will be studied and applied to various design projects. Methods of solving creative problems will be explored and developing creativity and overcoming creative blocks will be emphasized. Those methods will include the application of the creative process and metaphorical thinking. Additional emphasis is placed on evaluating solutions and effective presentation of those solutions. Professionalism and professional attitude will be practiced.
GRDT 1053 This is a beginning drawing course geared toward developing or improving good drawing habits. Linear perspective is emphasized. Drawing freehand is practiced for sketchbook and various classroom exercises. Drawing in perspective will also be emphasized, including one, two and three point perspective. The course will explore composition, drawing and rendering techniques. A key emphasis for this course is to instill more confidence in visual expression, through learned techniques and to become a better visual communicator.
GRDT 1410 This course is a comprehensive look into the drawing tools of Adobe Illustrator, a computer illustration application. Students will develop skills using the basic drawing tools. Use of the transformation tools, templates, layers, spot and process color, and file output will be emphasized.
PHOT 1100 This hands-on introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the industry standard Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. Coursework will cover operation of manually-adjustable DSLR camera functions such as controlling motion, depth of field, ISO, white balance through various indoor, outdoor, and natural lighting conditions. Gaining an understanding of the controls and adjustments will be the key to this course; but students will also be exposed to additional skills such as management and output of images as part of the digital workflow procedures, photographic composition, use of on-camera flash, presentation of finished images, and uses of images in the industry.
WEBD 1032 This course will explore the fundamentals of development and delivery of web sites. Students will be introduced to basic web page coding and image preparation. Special emphasis will be placed on HTML page structure and control of page elements through CSS. Students will be able to create a simple website with HTML and CSS and upload it to a server at the end of the course.
WEBD 2605 This course introduces the student to the planning, designing and production of photo/video based presentations and audio. Students will learn how to develop timelines, narrative scripts, and storyboards. Students will become familiar with techniques of audio, video and still images creation, compression, and formatting appropriate for use in interactive multimedia and linear presentation. Delivery and packaging of a variety of digital media will also be covered.
WEBD 2650 This course is designed to introduce the student to the methods of design and construction of a multimedia production. Students will learn project management, client contact, and presentation techniques. Students will learn to integrate information from a variety of resources into a multimedia production design. This course is delivered online and requires weekly discussion participation.
WEBD 2660 This course is designed to give the skills needed to make basic computer generated 3D models and animations for use in multimedia, web and print projects. Software will be used to create, animate and render 3-D models. Textures, color and lighting will be applied to objects and environments. Emphasis is placed on tool and menu use to create models and animations. Prerequisites: GRDT1410, VCOM1010, GRDT1001, GRDT1051
WEBD 2680 Students will be introduced to Macromedia'a Flash, an object based 2D animation program. Flash is used to create animated segments for use in web pages or multimedia. Basic animation, symbols - unique to Flash, timing, storyboarding, design and software tools will be emphasized. Other Flash tools that are introduced in this course include: masks, motion guides and buttons. ActionScript language code is introduced.
WEBD 2685 Students will become familiar with the concepts of web page design, construction, and software programs. Emphasis will be on good design process for graphic element creation, logical web page information flow, and site creation. Adobe Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop will be used at the primary software tools.
WEBD 2690 In this class students will become familiar with advanced web page design techniques. The emphasis will be on good design of both graphic elements and logical web page information flow. This advanced course will introduce students to a variety of web page construction software packages and tools. Additionally, issues dealing with file transmission (audio, multimedia interaction) will be discussed.
WEBD 2694 Students will use skills learned in Multimedia I to create portfolio quality multimedia productions. Emphasis will be placed on use of user interface and experience design, scripting language, logical information flow, storyboarding, and quality graphic design. This course is project intensive.
WEBD 2710 Introduces web content management software and use of templates and plugins to create websites. Emphasis is on tools for creating feature rich websites without ground up programming. Other topics include using template web marketing, shopping cart/e-commerce options and HTML 5 and CSS3.
WEBD - 2722: Web and Multimedia Career and Portfolio
WEBD 2722 This capstone experience concentrates on preparing students to enter the multimedia/web design job market. This includes career research and development of a professional portfolio, cover letter, resumes and self-promotional materials. Students conduct informational interview and develop networking skills. these skills will enable students to better market, manage, and promote themselves for in-house or freelance/contract positions. Students will use skills learned in software and design courses to create new or refine existing projects to include in a portfolio. Students should expect a substantial level of out-of-class time preparation.
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning.
Meets MnTC Goal 1 - PREREQUISITES: Student must score an 86 or above on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment OR complete developmental courses through English Essentials AND score a 78 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Assessment OR complete College Reading I or II.
SPEE 1020 This course is intended to increase student?s awareness of the processes, models, and theories of interpersonal communication relative to relationships that impact people?s personal and professional lives. Through self-analysis and reflection, case studies, practical application, and critical thinking, students will examine the influence of communicative behaviors on themselves, their personal relationships, groups, and society. Concepts include self-esteem, self-fulfilling prophecies, perception, ethics, emotion, conflict, cultural awareness, language, nonverbal communication, social media, and listening. Meets Goal 7.