Advanced Graphic Design
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 256
Course Name: Advanced Graphic Design
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. Incorporate graphic design principles to reinforce the artist’s/designer’s concepts.
3. Create and modify typography for different visual structural considerations.
4. Apply color in an effective manner.
5. Demonstrate effective use of the design process in visual and artistic communication.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Construction v. composition
2. Vector drawing paired with raster artwork
B. Drawing environment
1. Tools, commands and palettes
2. File setup
C. Color models
1. Line art
2. Grayscale, RGB, CMYK and Spot Colors
D. Construction and troubleshooting
1. Levels of construction
2. Justification for various construction choices
E. Composition and artistic communication
1. Negative and positive space
2. Composition framing and cropping
3. Frame of reference
F. Visibility and illusion
1. Spatial issues (faux dimension, 1 pt vs. 2 pt perspective)
2. Contours and building volume
G. Design control
1. Composition organization
2. Self-expression and the design process
H. Libraries and print preparation
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Attend and participate in all critiques with completed work
C. Complete assigned work by due date and time specified in the syllabus.
D. Maintain professional attitude in class and in work.
IX. Instructional Materials
A. CDRs and Flash/Jump Drives are the only storage devices acceptable for in-class use, as well as for submission of work to instructor.
B. Good quality ink jet regular and photo paper (matte/low-gloss finish preferred).
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Completion of projects and participation in critique are required. Course instructors will base grades and evaluation on specified elements and percentage weights.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.