Advanced Graphic Design

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 256

       Course Name: Advanced Graphic Design

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 224

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers advanced techniques of vector drawing. Content includes a broader and deeper exploration of artistic communication and design, as well as the production process of vector drawing.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Draw detailed images by using vector-based drawing techniques.
  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

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Foundation of vector based drawing
    1. Construction vs. composition
    2. Vector drawing paired with raster artwork
  2. Drawing Environment
    1. Tools, commands and palettes
    2. File setup
  3. Color Models
    1. Line art
    2. Grayscale, RGB, CMYK and Spot Colors
  4. Construction and Troubleshooting
    1. Levels of Construction
    2. Justification for various construction choices
  5. Composition and Artistic Communication
    1. Negative and Positive Space
    2. Composition Framing and Cropping
    3. Frame of reference
  6. Visibility and Illusion
    1. Spatial issues (faux dimension, 1 pt vs. 2 pt perspective)
    2. Contours and building volume
  7. Design Control
    1. Composition organization
    2. Self-expression and the design process
  8. Libraries and Print Preparation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, presentation and hands-on work in the graphic design lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in class and lab sessions
  2. Attend and participate in all critiques with completed work
  3. Complete assigned work by due date and time specified in the syllabus.
  4. Maintain professional attitude in class and in work.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  1. CDRs and Flash/Jump Drives are the only storage devices acceptable for in-class use, as well as for submission of work to instructor.
  2. Good quality ink jet regular and photo paper (matte/low-gloss finish preferred).

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based on understanding and demonstration of key principles and course objectives. Grading and evaluation will be based on work, projects, assignments, process, critique, participation, and other items at the instructor’s discretion.  

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

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.