Design (Graphic/Information)

Note: Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed a $65 Design Lab Fee: DES 222, 225, 322, 325, 326, 425, 436, 438, 439, 465, 498, 499.
Contact the department at 860-832-2557 for additional information.

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100s

DES 100 Introduction to Graphic/Information Design 3
Overview of the principles, practices, and purposes of the field of graphic/information design. Not recommended for majors. Irregular. Study Area I

DES 122 Fundamentals of Graphic/Information Design 3
Exploration of Graphic/Information Design principles, practices, and problem solving. Pre-Graphic/Information Design majors only. No transfer credit will be accepted. May be repeated only with the permission of the department chair. Fall. Study Area I

200s

DES 222 Graphic/Information Design I 3
Prereq.: ART 130 (with a grade of C- or higher). Introductory techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Explores issues relating to typographic, symbolic, and three- dimensional design. Open to majors only.

DES 225 History & Design of Typography 3
Prereq.: DES 222 (C- or higher). Exploration of the history of letterforms including exercise in design and application in contemporary use. Majors only. Fall.

300s

DES 322 Graphic/Information Design II 3
Prereq.: DES 222 (grade of B or higher) and DES 225 (C- or higher) and either ART 230 or 224 (with a grade of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 222. Advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Typographic and series design solutions will be stressed. Open to majors only.

DES 325 Digital Imaging / Motion Graphics I 3
Prereq.: DES 322 (with a grade of C- or higher) admission to BA Graphic/Information Design or permission of instructor. Computer processing of image for design (graphic/information) using a variety of programs. Image enhancement, manipulation, and derivation techniques will be explored. Open to majors only. Fall.

DES 326 Digital Imaging / Motion Graphics II 3
Prereq.: DES 325 (with a grade of C- or higher). Advanced computer processing of image for design (graphic/information) using a variety of programs. Additional image enhancement, manipulation, and derivation techniques will be explored. Open to majors only. Spring.

400s

400-LEVEL CLASSES ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT ONLY, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH "[GR]"

DES 419 History of Design 3
Prereq.: ART 110 or 112 or 113 (with grades of C- or higher). History and philosophy of design function and aesthetics. Topics include graphic design, industrial design, and architectural design. NOTE: A grade of C or better is needed for graduate students to count this course as a prerequisite. [I] [GR]

DES 425 Three-Dimensional Imaging for Graphic/Information Design 3
Prereq.: DES 325 (C- or higher). Exploration of the artistic and creative three dimensional visual effects including modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing as it applies to the practice of Graphic/Information Design. Majors only. Spring.

DES 436 Graphic/Information Design III 3
Prereq.: ART 224 and DES 322 (both with grades of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 322. Additional advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Campaign and expansive design solutions will be stressed. Open to majors only. [GR]

DES 437 Design Internship 3
Prereq.: DES 326 and DES 436 (grade of C- or higher) and permission of instructor. Internship with professional graphic/information design organization. Open to majors only.

DES 438 Graphic/Information Design IV 3
Prereq.: DES 436 (with grade of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 436. Additional advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Professional presentation and design for the web will be stressed. Open to majors only. [GR]

DES 439 Central Design 3
Prereq.: DES 326 and DES 436 (both with grades of C- or higher) and successful Central Design portfolio review; permission of instructor. Graphic/information design practice. Features real project and production situations with simulation of a real world graphic/information design atmosphere. Open to majors only. [GR]

DES 465 Topics in Graphic/Information Design 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Selected topics in graphic/information design. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of six credits. Open to majors only. [GR]

DES 498 Independent Study in Graphic/Information Design 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Special independent work to meet individual interest in areas not covered by regular curriculum. May include interdisciplinary information design projects. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Open to majors only. On demand. [GR]

DES 499 Computer Applications for Graphic/Information Design 3
Prereq.: DES 326 (with a grade of C- or higher) and DES 425 (with a grade of C- or higher) or permission of instructor. Study of the relationship of computer application in contemporary graphic/information design practice. Laboratory exploration of relevant software and its application in the field. Open to majors only. [GR]

500s

DES 501 Graphic/Information Design Theory I 3
Prereq.: Admission to graduate program in Information Design or permission of program coordinator. Critical analysis of the purpose and evolution of graphic/information design theory, integrity, and computer application. Includes problem solving. Fall.

DES 502 Graphic/Information Design Theory II 3
Prereq.: DES 501 ( with a grade of C or higher) and admission to graduate program in Information Design. Continuation of DES 501. Additional theory and applications. Technology, economic, and ethical issues will be explored. Spring.

DES 503 Graphic/Information Design Practice I 3
Prereq.: DES 502 (with a grade of C or higher). Applied design research and practice in graphic/information design. Emphasis on creativity, practical problem solving, technical proficiency, and presentation. Fall.

DES 504 Graphic/Information Design Practice II 3
Prereq.: DES 503 (with a grade of C or higher). Continuation of DES 503. Additional research and practice, portfolio, and presentation development. Spring.

DES 520 Advanced History of Design 3
Prereq.: DES 419 (with a grade of C or higher) or permission of instructor. Advanced study of the history and philosophy of design. Topics include in-depth study of symbolic meaning, visual awareness as it applies to design, and the creation of visual language in design.

DES 537 Advanced Design Internship 3
Prereq.: DES 503 (with a grade of C or higher), portfolio review, and permission of instructor. Internship with professional graphic/information design organization. On demand.

DES 597 Research Project (Plan C) 3
Prereq.: DES 503, 598 (both with grades of C or higher), completion of 21 credits of planned program, and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the research project under the supervision of research project advisor. Acceptance of the research project by the Research Project Committee (selected by student with approval of research project advisor) is required.

DES 598 Research Methods in Design 3
Prereq.: DES 503, 520 (both with grade of C or higher and student in good standing) or permission of instructor. Study of research methods unique to the professional practice of design. Includes discussion of issues pertaining to conceptual, visual, and technological research specific to the design process. Fall.

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