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Course Description:

In this course, students will learn advanced levels of creative development through the use of the Adobe Suite CS6 Web & Design Premium: Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks & Bridge. Through instructor- and student-based exercises and projects, individual and group critique, portfolio development and evaluation, and research and written assignments, students are expected to develop effective visual communications skills, strengthen individual and artistic style, and demonstrate a professional and sophisticated understanding of the technical and creative processes inherent in digital art. Topics explored include: Advanced graphic tools and color models, advanced manipulation and compositing techniques, image optimization, layout and composition, and cross-media design formats (print and digitally based formats). Students will also use advanced web based media in a variety of formats, including audio and video. They are expected to complete individual research projects to demonstrate understanding and application of visual theories, professional techniques and other academic skills such as decision-making, problem-solving, critiquing and writing skills.

This course is designed for advanced-level students with previous knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and the prior skills needed to learn advanced digital art techniques taught in the course.

Students with a visual impairment should contact the Office of Collegewide Disability Services before registering for this course.

NOTE: There are no texts required for this course. Students will receive instructions to subscribe to Lynda.com tutorials from their instructor when they start the online course. Students must have Adobe Suite CS6 Web & Design Premium (Student & Teacher Edition) by the time the course begins. Contact the bookstore to inquire about where to purchase the software. The instructor is not responsible for assisting students with the purchase of the software. Students should also have access to a scanner and the digital capacity to submit their creative work online. Broad-band Internet access is preferred.

Prerequisites: OS Platform: PC or Mac, Software: Adobe Photoshop and Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, and an introductory level digital art course.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.

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