Graphic Design and Communications

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Fall only

Program Description

The Graphic Design and Communications program at BSC is structured to give students a background in several areas of the graphic design field. Study includes classroom and lab instruction in a Mac-equipped computer studio, where students develop skills in layout, typography, print media, print reproduction, Web design and digital photography. Coursework covers preparing art for print and online publication in advertisements, branding-identity systems, digital photography, illustration, direct mail, brochure design, desktop publishing, interactive design and computer graphics using industry standard software.

Each student is required to prepare a portfolio of his or her best work for presentation to potential employers and art directors.

Preparation

A high school or employment background related to any communications field is helpful, such as journalism/photo journalism, advertising/marketing, visual art, graphic art, writing, yearbook design, computer graphics or desktop publishing. Persons interested in this field should be creative and imaginative, have a sense of color and form, and be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and work independently or as part of a team. Artistic ability is a plus. Graduates should expect to be retrained on the job to handle new or upgraded software and equipment.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 40 (elementary algebra), Reading - 61, Writeplacer - 3
  • ACT:  English – 15, Math – 15, Reading – 15
  • COMPASS:  English – 59, Math – 33 (pre-algebra), Reading – 73

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.

Career Opportunities

A wide variety of careers are available depending on individual talent, experience and ability or desire to relocate. Graphic designers work in advertising agencies, public relations departments, news media, and Web design departments. Other related fields include interior and textile design, multimedia development, industrial design, retail merchandising, sign making and Web design. Self-employment is another option.

Contact

Sean Thorenson • Career Academy 338
701-224-5564
Sean.Thorenson@bismarckstate.edu

GDES 103. Introduction to Electronic Imaging

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of GDES 103L is required.
Typically Offered: FALL
A solid foundation in the use of Adobe Photoshop techniques will be covered. Digital photography, scanning and digital manipulation will be covered. Other topics to be discussed are basic composition, photographic illustration, and the relationship of digital photography to the commercial industry.

GDES 103L. Introduction to Electronic Imaging Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 103.

GDES 104. Basics of Studio Skills

Credits: 2
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 104L.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Introduction to the use of basic tools and materials used by the commercial artist. Instruction focuses on studio safety, organization and procedures.

GDES 104L. Basics of Studio Skills Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 104.

GDES 107. Design and Desktop Publishing

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 107L.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will introduce you to basic graphic design and fluency toward using Macintosh computers and desktop publishing software (Adobe InDesign). The focus of this class will be in using InDesign for commercial use and how it is integrated with other Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. You will receive project-based instruction needed to build and design documents and other design assignments related to desktop publishing.

GDES 107L. Design and Desktop Publishing Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 107.

GDES 111. Electronic Imaging II

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GDES 103 and GDES 103L.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 111L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Emphasis is on digital camera use starting with the history of cameras and photography. Students will learn how photography is used in the field of graphic design. Photography as it relates to graphic design will be highlighted.

GDES 111L. Electronic Imaging II Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 111.

GDES 113. Design and Layout I

Credits: 3
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 113L, GDES 103, GDES 103L, GDES 107, GDES 107L, GDES 117, and GDES 117L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
An introduction to the principles and elements of design and layout as used in advertising, various publications and interactive media. A comprehensive look at the design theories used to successfully communicate in a competitive global market. Emphasis will be placed on working with clients and offering solutions to design problems.

GDES 113L. Design and Layout I Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 113.

GDES 115. Typography

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 115L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
An in-depth study of the art and technique of the printed word - an essential element of virtually all graphic design. An overview of the history of type and the ability to identify and create excellent typography are major outcomes of this course. Creative and technical typographic skills will be discussed and put into practice by means of in-class exercises and homework assignments.

GDES 115L. Typography Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 115.

GDES 117. Digital Illustration

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 117L.
Typically Offered: FALL
An introduction to the fundamentals of traditional and computer-generated illustration. Includes a familiarity with illustration style, techniques and software. Development of basic layout and design skills while working on numerous projects on Macintosh computers meant to enhance and broaden a participants illustration and design skills. Software: Adobe Illustrator. (Additional programs introduced as necessary.) Basic computer skills, keyboarding and printing are vital aspects of the course.

GDES 117L. Digital Illustration Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 117.

GDES 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

GDES 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

GDES 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

GDES 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

GDES 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 3.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

GDES 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

GDES 201. Current Imaging I

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: GDES 111 or departmental approval.
Corequisite: Registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 201L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Exploration of how images are used in today's graphic design market. Emphasis is placed on digital imaging and how to use advanced techniques to produce professional-grade photo-illustrations.

GDES 201L. Current Imaging I Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 201.

GDES 202. Current Imaging II

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: GDES 111 or departmental approval.
Corequisite: Registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 202L.
Typically Offered: FALL
Emphasis placed on a commercial approach to photography. Review of photographic fundamentals and continued practice in digital photography. Introduction to equipment, soft goods and techniques that are used in a variety of professional applications. Practice in basic studio lighting techniques and advanced photography.

GDES 202L. Current Imaging II Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 202.

GDES 203. Commercial Illustration

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: GDES 111.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 203L.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
A study in advanced illustration through the application of sound chronological procedure. Developing the picture idea through research and reference. Additional emphasis placed on composition and color applications. Additional course work will include sketchbook assignments.

GDES 203L. Commercial Illustration Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 203.

GDES 204. Print Production

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 204L, GDES 209 and GDES 209L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
An in-depth primer on off-set printing for the graphic designer including the pitfalls and solutions for preparing electronic files for various printing methods. Students will learn about putting ink to paper in an electronic age. Some of the subjects to be covered: history of printing, life cycle of a print job, ink, paper, bindery, prepress, preflighting files, managing fonts, vector and raster images, file management, production tips for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat. An introduction to packaging design will also be part of this class. Various projects and assignments related to printing will be assigned. Tours of print shops and speakers may be part of this class.

GDES 204L. Print Production Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 204.

GDES 207. Introduction to Multimedia

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Corequisite: Registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 207L.
Typically Offered: FALL
An introduction to the fundamentals of Web design and animation. Students will learn how to design and optimize images for the Web as well as create and publish functional websites. Students will develop a basic working knowledge of HTML, CSS, CMS and animation. Emphasis will be on extending the designer's personal brand to an online environment.

GDES 207L. Introduction to Multimedia Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 207.

GDES 209. Design and Layout II

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 209L, GDES 113 and GDES 113L.
Typically Offered: FALL
Review, demonstrate and build on design skills learned to date. More complex design principles will be explored. This course concentrates on the design and production of portfolio quality projects, specifically selected to demonstrate the capabilities and talents of the design student. Emphasis will be on designing brand experiences.

GDES 209L. Design and Layout II Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 209.

GDES 213. Portfolio Presentation

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 213L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Portfolio planning and preparation, including selection, organization and professional presentation. Resume development, interview techniques and job application procedures are emphasized to prepare students for the work force.

GDES 213L. Portfolio Presentation Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, GDES 213.

GDES 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

GDES 292L. Experimental Course Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

GDES 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

GDES 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

GDES 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

GDES 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.