VCOM - 1001: Introduction to Visual Communications
VCOM 1001 This is an introductory course that prepares all students for entry into the Visual Communications field. General overviews will be given of the visual arts, photography and graphic design fields. Students will learn basic computer operation, how to use the local network, and learn general operational methods used in the Visual Communications Department. Additionally, students will learn to prepare, mount and display artwork. All these skills are a prerequisite for other courses in the Vis Com Department. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 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 their knowledge. 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.
VCOM 1010 This is an introduction of 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 and enhancement and layer masks are also taught. Prerequisites: None. DUAL NUMBERED COURSE IDES1010.
VCOM 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 modern 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.
VCOM 1021 In this course the student will learn how to use all the manual 35mm camera controls to create good black and white photographs. We will practice using the motion and depth-of-field controls in different kinds of outdoor and natural lighting conditions. The student will combine the knowledge of different films and exposure techniques with the study of artistic composition to produce pleasing images. Discussion of basic accessories and special techniques will round out the camera knowledge. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 1030 This course will take the principles of design along with art fundamentals and apply them to the development of graphic design projects. Students will be introduced to basic drawing techniques to illustrate their ideas. The elements of design and color will be studied. Presentation skills and professional attitude will be practiced. Specific emphasis will be made in developing creativity and overcoming creative blocks. The student will be able to apply these design fundamentals to all aspects of the visual communications field. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 1052 This beginning drawing course covers drawing techniques for drawing linear perspective in a rapid manner. Drawing without tools is emphasized although tool use is explained and demonstrated by the student for both sketchbook drawing and drafting board drawing. One, two and three point drawing is explained as well as drawing style and use of color. Dual numbered with IDES1050
VCOM 1060 In this course various methods of solving creative problems will be explored through design projects. The elements and principles of design will be utilized applying methods of creative problem solving. DUAL NUMBERED WITH IDES1060. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 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, layering, spot and process color and file output will be emphasized. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 1422 This graphic design course is designed to give the student a hands-on overview of the print processes. Print theory and terminology, paper knowledge, press and bindery processes will be emphasized. Students will create projects during the process of learning various production. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 1430 Students will become familiar with Adobe InDesign as an electronic publishing program. Emphasis will be placed on software operation. Use of text, graphics, tabs, style sheets, and master pages will be incorporated into projects. Prerequisites: None.
VCOM 2400 This course builds on the tools and techniques learned in VCOM 1010 (Intro Photoshop). The student will use and become more proficient with all the tools used to modify photographs. Some of the special effects power of this software will be introduced during this class. Emphasis will be placed on using this software to produce commercially acceptable photographs and advertisements, as well as hard copy outputs.
VCOM 2415 Students will create advanced electronic publishing projects using either PageMaker or QuarkXPress. Emphasis will be on advanced publishing techniques, use of color, color separations, and design of portfolio quality projects. Prerequisites: VCOM1400 Intro QuarkXPress or VCOM1430 Intro InDesign.
VCOM 2422 This graphic design course is designed to give the student a hands-on overview of the print process. Print theory and terminology, paper knowledge, hands-on press operation, plate making and bindery processes will be emphasized. Students will create and print projects during the process of learning press and pressroom operation.
VCOM 2721 This class will concentrate on preparing the student to enter the multimedia, print industry and illustration job market. Students will be required to create a finished graphics portfolio in the area of their degree. Students will use skills learned in other software applications to refine and develop projects for use in their portfolio. Projects for inclusion in the portfolio will be created in pixel based, object based, and layout.
VCOM 2730 This class will concentrate on preparing the student to enter the Visual Communication's job market. Students will be required to create a cover letter, resume and finished mini-portfolio. Students will practice job interviewing skills and prepare to present their portfolios. This course should be taken the last semester of study and should be taken in conjunction with VCOM2724, Portfolio Development (Applied Visual Arts) or VCOM2721 Portfolio Development (Graphic Design) or VCOM2722 Portfolio Development (Multimedia/Web)
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 focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution.
Meets MnTC Goal 7