Graphic Communication 150 (Section B): Digital Toolbox: Photoshop/Illustrator
Spring Semester, 2013
Mondays, 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.
HAC 126 (MacLab)
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mondays, and by appointment
Welcome to GRC 150: Digital Toolbox: Photoshop and Illustrator 1. GRC 150 is a 4-credit course and your attendance, participation, and effort is strongly recommended throughout the length of the semester. This syllabus will guide you through the course’s projects, readings, presentations, and expectations.
Instructor Information. Please note my e-mail, office hours, and phone. Please use any and all means of contacting me throughout the semester if an emergency should occur. I understand that emergencies can and do happen. I do not, however, expect any individual to have a series of emergencies throughout the semester. I check my e-mail constantly and will likely respond in kind.
Textbooks/Readings. College-level instruction is heavily dependent upon the use of print material, discussion and lecture. The following textbooks are required for this course and it is strongly recommended that you obtain each book as soon as humanly possible: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Revealed, Reding
Adobe Illustrator CS5 Revealed, Reding
Supplementary readings (in addition to the bibliographic information above) are also required and may be disseminated throughout the semester.
Materials. CD-Rs (NOT CD-RWs). I ask that most projects be submitted on a CD, so please get plenty of them. Also, get a pack of jewel cases for your CDs. I strongly recommend a USB drive.
Broad Learning Objectives: (i.e. Why GRC150) – GRC150: Digital Toolbox: Photoshop and Illustrator 1 will lay the groundwork for a student’s understanding of computer graphic files and processes within the arena of Graphic Communications. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are two graphic design computer applications considered to be the industry standard for any design professional. These two programs will enable a student to create files used for print, web, and video graphic communication projects.
Course Learning Outcomes. GRC 150 Digital Toolbox: Photoshop and Illustrator will enable the student to: • Work with layers, make selections, incorporate color, work with type, use painting tools, work with layer functions, work with filters in Photoshop; use type and gradients, draw and compose an illustration, transform and distort objects, work with layers, work with patterns and brushes, work with filters, gradient meshes, envelopes and blends in Illustrator; • Produce effective graphic design pieces using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator; • Cite processes and procedures that reflect best usage strategies.
Measurable achievement of outcomes and objectives: Throughout the duration of this course, students will be tested through a variety of academic measurement vehicles to determine their skill set and understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. These vehicles will include: • Five graphic communication projects that will assess students’ skill set within the functions, best practices, and navigation throughout Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator; • Eight assignments that will assess student skill set per unit. • Ten quizzes that will assess the students’ understanding of the tools, processes, and environment of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator; • One student-led presentation showcasing students’ abilities of their understanding and usability of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator • Two group projects assessing students’ abilities to work in small groups, and use their skill sets to enhance the projects.
Course Introduction; Syllabus Outline, Formation of Groups, Ch. 1-2 Getting Started with Photoshop CS5; Learning Photoshop basics, Intro to...
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