Software for Graphic Design
I. Course Prefix/Number: CAB 281
Course Name: Advanced Techniques Using Creative Software
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
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
- Demonstrate the transformation of visual concepts into camera-ready pages.
- Explain the functions of the basic components of electronic publishing.
- Describe graphic production using appropriate terminology.
- Differentiate fonts by their characteristics.
- Choose the proper font to control how a piece looks to reinforce what it says.
- Use typography as image, alone and with other elements.
- 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.
- 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 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
- Graphic layout
- Design fundamentals
- Composition through the use of positive and negative space
- Page design using and manipulating grids as an underlying tool
- Type characteristics and manipulations
- Type specifications
- Type as image and in combination with graphic elements
- Variations in different format applications
- Functions of graphic software
- Awareness of differences for creating for specific audiences
- Choosing correct color, ink and paper for specific projects
- Using Pantone colors for specific client logos, etc. (Heinz red, Blockbuster blue, etc.)
- Terminology and definitions
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Textbooks, online resources, and such other materials deemed appropriate for the topic and assigned by the program and instructor. USB Flash Drive
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
Specifically, you do not have the right to:
- make copies of software for yourself or others.
- 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.
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.