Graphic Design Fundamentals
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This program is no longer offered in a certificate format. Individual course registration is allowed, please see course schedule below. For existing program students wishing to complete as a certificate, please contact Coordinator Fiona Murray at 613-727-4723 ext. 6367 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
For more information, please contact Fiona Murray at 613-727-4723 ext. 6367 or email@example.com.
|MTM1774||15.0||Graphic Design Techniques I|
|MTM1775||15.0||Graphic Design Techniques II|
|MTM1777||15.0||Graphic Design - Project Development|
students learn the essentials of working with vector-based images, navigating with palettes, using layers, view and shortcuts and the various tools in Illustrator. Students also learn to create, manipulate, and work with objects, and type styles using the many painting and transformation tools. Creative techniques include masks, transparencies, gradients and blends, styles, filters, envelopes and graphs.
Students learn the essentials of Photoshop and the use of various tools and palettes. This hands-on course takes students through the fundamentals, such as working with selections, channels and layers. Techniques include image editing, correction and adjustments and the use of layer styles and filters. Colour management and image optimization are also introduced.
Students are introduced to InDesign, a page layout program that partners well with other Adobe software. Students learn basic page and document construction including tools, palettes, menus, and layout and typesetting techniques. Time-efficient techniques, such as masterpages and formatting styles are examined. Focus is on InDesign tools to translate design ideas into professional electronic files.
MTM1774 Graphic Design Techniques I
Students learn techniques in a Mac environment that instantly make their designs look more professional. See how designers solve design problems to meet their client's objectives, dealing mostly with simple single-colour design. Topics include visualizing through thumbnails and roughs, design principles and terminology, pantone matching system and halftones. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (preferred) or InDesign is essential.
Pre-requisites: MTM1784 or MTM5042
MTM1775 Graphic Design Techniques II
Discover advanced design and production techniques in a Mac environment. Learn how to develop more complex multi-colour designs. Topics include line art versus continuous tone, process colours, separations, resolutions, paper and ink considerations, and guidelines on working with a service bureau and printer.
Students become familiar with type terminology and the characteristics of the basic type families in a Mac environment. Develop sensitivity to type styles, weight, leading, mixing of typefaces and spacing as design elements with the intention of creating legible type. Students analyze how typography can clarify, organize and effectively convey visual information establishing typographic hierarchies. Each student incorporates fundamental typographic skills into solving visual communication problems that rely on typography as the dominant element, while applying the principles of layout and design and combining typography with colour theory. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (preferred) or InDesign is essential.
Pre-requisites: MTM1784 or MTM5042
MTM1783 Colour Management
Students are introduced to the basics of colour management in a Mac environment. Colour theory teaches students about how the eye sees colour and how different devices interpret and represent colour. The colour management section shows students how to use their colour theory knowledge to manage colour successfully using industry standard software.
Students learn about printing production and the technical issues involved in a Mac environment. Areas covered include electronic colour management, file management and collection of files for press, trapping theory and practice, preparation of multi-page documents for press, addressing paper and printing issues, printing specifications, proofing and many other areas. Students learn how to save a file in a PDF format using Acrobat, ensuring an accurate representation of their files for use in printing production and online. Students learn the terminology, processes, techniques and production options that a designer encounters in publishing. They also discuss different production projects to bridge the gap between classroom theory and practice. Colour proofing methods are also covered.
Pre-requisites: MTM1784 AND MTM5040 AND MTM5042
MTM1777 Graphic Design - Project Development
This course concentrates on 2D design for print incorporating design knowledge learned to date and using the following software programs in a Mac environment: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Students choose a client from a selection of three, are supplied with a client profile and create artwork for print. Each design stage is monitored through concepts and sketch approval, files preparation and concludes with a final presentation. Emphasis is on meeting deadlines and learning how to problem solve on the computer.
Pre-requisites: MTM1773 AND MTM1774 AND MTM1775 AND MTM1776 AND MTM1784