Computer Graphics Using the Macintosh Platform

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 266

       Course Name: Computer Graphics Using the Macintosh Platform

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 216 and ART 225, or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers production of computer graphics, using Macintosh platform in graphic design production environment.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages to using the Macintosh platform in a graphic design production environment.
  2. Identify the differences between the Macintosh platform and the IBM platform as it relates to graphic design software.
  3. Produce computer images using graphic design software on the Macintosh computer.

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. Application of graphic design principles to the Macintosh platform
    1. Frame of reference
    2. Symbolism and communication
    3. Legibility and visual expression
    4. Communication
  2. Advantages and disadvantages of using the Macintosh platform in a graphic design production environment.
  3. Typography
    1. Range of fonts
    2. Type size
    3. Pictorial and display fonts
    4. Postscript
  4. Color
    1. Color range
    2. Gamma
    3. CMYK and color modes
  5. File formats
    1. Graphic formats
    2. Printer specifications and issues
    3. Color separations
  6. Graphics design applications and production issues
    1. PhotoShop
    2. QuarkXpress
    3. Adobe Illustrator

VII.  Methods of Instruction

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in classes and lab sessions.
  2. Complete assigned projects by due date.
  3. Complete exercises used in class.
  4. Participate in critiques as scheduled with completed work.
  5. Final exam.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  1. Flash drive or portable hard drive
  2. Ink jet paper

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights

A. In-class exercises: 5%
B. Assigned projects: 10%
C. Attendance: 15%
D. Critiques: 35%
E. Final Exam: 35%

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is required at all tests and quizzes. Lab hours will be posted, and open lab time will be available to the student.

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.