This course introduces the student to the aesthetic principles that govern artistic works in the graphic design
area. Students will develop and use the vocabulary of the visual arts, recognize and respond to the elements and
principles of art in meaningful criticism and put into practice artistic concepts in original graphic design works.
Students will use industry standard software to create digital graphics. They will explore the skills and
professional methods used by graphic designers. Using vector graphic illustration software, students will solve
visual arts problems by implementing the expressive aspects of line, shape, value, and form, as well as learn the
art of typography and color theory. Using raster graphic image editing software, students will manipulate and
apply artistic effects to digital photographs and art. Students will gain artistic principles, concepts, vocabulary,
and technical skills.
To meet the UC Visual and Performing Arts requirements, students must take the class for two semesters.
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