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Software for Graphic Design

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 281

       Course Name: Software for Graphic Design

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAB 165, CAB 172, and CAB 175 and with minimum grades of C in each.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This is a project oriented capstone class in which the student uses current illustration and design software packages to create various professional modes of output. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are used along with Adobe InDesign.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will:
  1. Demonstrate the transformation of visual concepts into camera-ready pages.
  2. Explain the functions of the basic components of electronic publishing.
  3. Describe graphic production using appropriate terminology.
  4. Differentiate fonts by their characteristics.
  5. Choose the proper font to control how a piece looks to reinforce what it says.
  6. Use typography as image, alone and with other elements.
  7. Describe how the elements of design (letter-forms, columns, margin, etc.) are made into a cohesive whole through the use of visual hierarchy, typographic space and grid systems.
  8. Design graphics for various modes of output (i.e. slides, overhead transparencies, hard copy prints for handouts, reports, ads, package design, and proposals)

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Graphic layout
    1. Design fundamentals
    2. Composition through the use of positive and negative space
    3. Page design using and manipulating grids as an underlying tool
    4. Type characteristics and manipulations
    5. Type specifications
    6. Type as image and in combination with graphic elements
    7. Variations in different format applications
  2. Functions of graphic software
    1. Awareness of differences for creating for specific audiences
    2. Choosing correct color, ink and paper for specific projects
    3. Using Pantone colors for specific client logos, etc. (Heinz red, Blockbuster blue, etc.)
  3. Terminology and definitions

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Seminars and individualized instruction along with class critiques of assignments.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend seminars as scheduled.  Participate in class critiques.  Complete required assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Applications, exercises and tests

XI.   Other Course Information

Software Users!  Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies.  Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. 

Specifically, you do not have the right to:
1.    make copies of software for yourself or others.
2.    receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

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.