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Main Programs and Courses Art and Design Programs Graphic Design

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program teaches students to manipulate digital images using a broad range of software. Students in Graphic Design will develop a design technology skill-set using a wide range of design software applications. 
 
The program focuses on preparing students to pursue careers within the digital media and graphics fields. Graduates will be prepared to compete for roles as design software specialist or web graphics specialists, rather than graphic designers.


Admissions Requirements


  • Grade 12 or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years of age and one year out of high school).
  • Passing score on the entrance examination.

  • Visual Information Specialist         
  • Multimedia Specialist         
  • Graphic Designer         
  • Web and Graphic Designer         
  • Design Software Specialist         
  • Digital Media Support and Administration
Program Courses
G14E / Actionscript
In this course students will build upon the skills learned in the Flash course and create engaging interactive content with Actionscript . Students will learn the fundamentals of adding interactivity to Flash files using Actionscript via the Actions panel, as well as in external Actionscript files. The course covers the creation of simple navigation and timeline control and progresses through controlling animation with Action Script code; using Event Listeners and writing event-handling functions; and controlling loading of and interaction with data, text, video, sound, and images.
G19E / Adobe After Effects
This course will explore the key techniques for working in Adobe After Effects and how to work efficiently and deliver in the widest possible range of media types. In addition to learning the key elements of the After Effects interface, students will also a variety of other embedded tools and features such as Mocha, Color Finesse 3, and Digieffects FreeForm plug-ins; Roto Brush; AVC-Intra and expanded RED camera support; and more. Students will finish the course by exploring rendering and output of content.
G12E / Adobe Dreamweaver
The course introduces students to the rapid prototype and web site authoring tool Dreamweaver, allowing them to quickly produce interactive web pages and sites. The emphasis of this course is to use the features and tools of the authoring software to build professional grade site architecture, structure, and content.
G07E / Adobe Fireworks
This course will teach students the key techniques for working with Fireworks. They'll learn how to design screen-based graphics, interfaces, and applications for any device. They'll also learn to collaborate with other Adobe Creative Suite applications to design and mock up basic Web pages or interfaces for rich Internet applications; create demo designs and export the design as an interactive PDF. The course focuses on the fundamental workflow tools and how they are used in working with bitmapped and vector graphics. Students will learn about the Fireworks work area, the tools and features of Fireworks and how to create bitmapped and vector graphics for use in variety of applications. The course will also explore the fundamentals of prototyping.
G13E / Adobe Flash
This course introduces students to the production of interactive digital media projects. Students will learn to use the features of Flash Professional to create digital animation and interactive Web sites. Students will learn to combine animation, audio, video, and the ability for the user to respond to the program using a variety of input methods to create engaging applications. This course will focus on the use of the various tools and features of Flash to import images and other vector based artwork, create animated buttons and graphics, control and manage movie clips, and import audio files.
G16E / Adobe Flash Catalyst
Flash Catalyst is a development tool that allows users to create rich interactive content without resorting to the writing of code. In this course students will learn to use the features and tools of Adobe Flash Catalyst to create a variety of content including interactive ads, product guides and data-centric Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) and interactive application prototypes using a collection of built-in wireframe components. The prototypes built with Catalyst can then be imported into Flash Builder and Adobe Flex to add additional functionality and integration with data services.
G18E / Adobe Premiere Pro
In this course students will learn the key features, tools and techniques for working in Premiere Pro CS5. I the first part of the course, students will learn the basics of using audio, creating transitions, producing titles, and adding effects. The course will then explore the more advanced features such as sweetening and mixing sound, compositing the footage, adjusting color and, authoring DVDs. The students will also learn to take projects from the script all the way to the screen using a variety Adobe tools such as Ultra, Adobe Story, OnLocation, and Speech Search.
T1070 / Advanced Design Techniques I
This is the synthesis of the GD program, where students merge their creative, marketing, technical and design abilities to produce pieces they will showcase in their portfolio. These projects include: a stationery system; a CD package; a book cover; spine and back cover; a magazine cover; table of contents spread and sample inside spread; and a high-end menu. Design is a process and the students work closely with their instructor to improve on the overall effectiveness of their design.
T1080 / Advanced Design Techniques II
An extension of T1070, students synthesizes what they have learned in the previous three weeks, allowing them to work at an even higher level. Once again, students merge their creative, marketing, technical and design abilities to design and produce pieces they will showcase in their portfolio. These final projects include: a travel brochure; a concert series booklet; a condo brochure booklet; an annual report; and a poster series. Design is a process and the students work closely with their instructor to improve on the overall effectiveness of their designs.
CES4 / Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.
G01E / Digital Photography
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography. Students will learn how to set up the camera and learn common program modes. Students will learn how to manage parameters such as composition, lighting and exposure. The course will discuss the download and transfer of photos and organizing photos. Students will learn how to fine-tune and edit photos with Photoshop Elements.
FCMO / Fundamentals of Computers
This course presents an introductory look at Windows 7 and its interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of navigating and personalizing the interface, organizing files and folders, using media devices, and searching for information. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
T01E / Graphic Arts and Layout
Graphic Design is not about "pretty pictures" but rather about effective communication. All Graphic Design is marketing driven, that is, companies produce print and web-based materials to maintain and enhance their positioning and profitability. Effective design successfully combines creativity, marketing principles and strategies, design principles, audience awareness, typography, illustration, photography, colour theory, words and presentation for the purpose of informing, persuading and/or instructing and audience.
T02E / Illustrator Level I: Basics
This course covers the key techniques for working with Photoshop. Students will learn the key elements of the Photoshop interface, and how the tools and features of this popular software can be used to edit images. Students will learn to use precise selection control to correct a wide range of lens-based errors, interactively transform their images with a variety of tools, effects and filters. With a focus on the key features and tools of Photoshop, students will work with layers, masks, channels, brushes and vector drawing techniques to prepare images for both web and print production.
G09E / Illustrator Level II: Advanced
This module continues to explore the more advanced features of the industry-standard illustration program with a series of advanced assignments. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the tool set. Painting and Effects will be explored in detail. Projects will require a more sophisticated use of Illustrator techniques with a greater focus on finished quality and pre-press.
G11E / Introduction to XHTML and CSS
This course is the foundation of all studies for web based products and applications, introducing students to principal concepts used in web development. Emphasis is placed on mastering XHTML and CSS. Students will learn to produce well-formed, hand-coded web pages, using the features of XHTML and CSS.
G21E / Motion Graphics
This course provides an in-depth view of the various components in the Adobe Creative Suite utilized in professional motion graphics projects. This course is highly practical in nature and will explore intermediate to advanced techniques for creating professional quality animations and motion footage. In the first half of the course, students learn about design essentials as related to motion graphics, including typography, logo animation, repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, 3D objects and cameras, audio design, and vector design. The second half of the course focuses on real-world design projects that include broadcast package design, title sequences, DVD menu design, motion control 3D, character animation techniques, and panoramic images.
T07E / Page Layout Software
In this course, students will learn to master the Adobe InDesign program. QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign are the industry standard page-layout programs used by most print houses, the majority of the advertising agencies and design houses around the world. Quark has had the market cornered for a number of years, however with the inclusion of InDesign in Creative Suite, and its integrated workflow with Photoshop and Illustrator, Adobe has been chipping away at Quark's hold on the page layout world.
T04E / Photoshop Level I: Basics
This course covers the key techniques for working with Photoshop. Students will learn the key elements of the Photoshop interface, and how the tools and features of this popular software can be used to edit images. Students will learn to use precise selection control to correct a wide range of lens-based errors, interactively transform their images with a variety of tools, effects and filters. With a focus on the key features and tools of Photoshop, students will work with layers, masks, channels, brushes and vector drawing techniques to prepare images for both web and print production.
G08E / Photoshop Level II: Advanced
This course continues with a more detailed advanced features of Photoshop including raster based painting for illustrations, 3-D, video and animation techniques, colour controls, etc. Students will also learn to use the techniques for designing with advanced layering and image compositing techniques, working with actions scripts, batch processes and other time saving options.
T08E / Pre-Press and Adobe Acrobat
This module teaches students how to prepare their files for digital and electronic publishing. It includes trapping for spot and process color printing and talking with your print professional. The course also teaches students how to electronically publish their documents using Adobe Acrobat in PDF format. Documents in PDF format preserve the exact look and content of the originals and can be distributed via e-mail, stored on the Internet and intranet, a file system or on a CD. Other users can view their work on Windows, Mac and Unix platforms. Manuals, catalogues and annual reports are increasingly being published in PDF format and distributed on the Internet and intranets.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
G20E / Visual Effects and Compositing
This course continues to explore Adobe After Effects at a more advanced level to create seamless movie-quality visual effects. Students will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects. The final section of the course will allow students to explore several advanced composting effects projects that demonstrate professional techniques that the student will be able to practice.
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