Graphic Design Degree Program Courses

  • Associate's Degree

    All courses are 4 units. Full-time students (12 units per module) can complete this associate in science degree program in 8 ten-week modules.

    DSN 104 Drawing: This course provides direct experience in a variety of drawing techniques to sharpen perception, stimulate imagination and increase the ability to see and interpret the world in design. Core concepts include techniques to accelerate the creative process, and improving drawing skills to be competitive in the design industry. Topics covered include composition, single and multiple point perspectives, gestural and contour drawing, quick sketching, line, shape, color, value, and form.

    DSN 114 Design Principles: This course provides an opportunity to apply basic drawing skills and brainstorming techniques to generate a variety of design ideas and solutions. Core concepts include the recognition and application of design elements and principles to construct balanced, organized compositions and employing drawing skills in the creative process as part of a typical professional workflow. Topics covered include drawing techniques, design principles, composition of type, and how to create meaningful design.

    COM 124 Computer Foundations: This entry-level technical course ensures basic computer competency with an emphasis on software used by design professionals. Core concepts include file management, selecting the right tools for the right job, and effectively managing workflows. Topics covered include operating platforms, network basics, office productivity software and design software.

    DSN 134 Typography: This course presents an overview of design principles as they pertain to the use of type in graphic design. Core concepts include challenging students to consider what a glyph or letterform is communicating on both unconscious and visual levels in order to produce typography that effectively communicates intended marketing messages. Topics covered include the history, anatomy, terminology, and application of typography.

    DSN 144 Photography: This course provides experience in commercial digital photography. Core concepts include understanding the physical, conceptual, and theoretical characteristics of digital photography, and the development of digital photography skills in producing expressive and thoughtful original images for design projects. Topics covered include framing, composition, the "rule of thirds", light, texture, pattern, line, symmetry, depth of field, distance, perspective, culture, space, and balance.

    COM 154 Vector Graphics: This course provides an opportunity to create original vector art, and experience the important roll of vector graphics in modern graphic design. Core concepts include essential methodologies in the production of professional artwork, and developing skills with various tools and techniques for outputting high-quality print and web graphics. Topics covered include rendering techniques, file organization, output formats, digitizing organic artwork, bezier curves, colorizing, and special effects.

    COM 164 Layout 1: This course provides a basic introduction to page layout software used by professional graphic designers. Core concepts include the creation of print publications, interactive documents, ebooks, and digital magazines. Topics covered include the process of importing text and graphic files into layouts, and the arrangement and transformation of these elements on single or multiple pages for final output as PDF files and other formats.

    COM 174 Digital Images 1: This course introduces image-editing software as a design tool. Core concepts include the application of design principles in the production process and the optimization of project workflow. Topics covered include properly scanning and digitizing organic artwork, enhancing and color correcting photographic images, optimizing images for web delivery, manipulating graphics, and applying advanced effects to enhance existing art or create new art.

    DSN 184 Marketing: This course introduces marketing, with an emphasis on the designer’s role in marketing activities. Core concepts include identifying target markets and determining creative approaches to delivering specific marketing messages to consumers. Topics covered include analyzing and developing advertisements through the creative process, and exploring the relationship between graphic design and consumer behavior.

    COM 262 Mobile Development: N/A

    COM 204 Digital Images 2: This course encompasses a more in-depth look at image-editing software as a design tool. Emphasis is placed on the application of design principles in a non-destructive production process. Core concepts include the optimization of project workflow for output to multiple types of media. Topics covered include file organization, image development in Camera RAW, painting, advanced selections, advanced photo repair, colorization and color correction, automation and filters, vectors, animation and video, archiving, and exporting final artwork.

    COM 214 Layout 2: This course focuses on the interactive features of page layout software used by professional graphic designers to create interactive PDF and SWF files, eBooks, and digital magazines, as well as print publications. Core concepts include typical client requests for both print and digital documents, and how designers can take advantage of interactive features to create rich publications enhanced with animation and navigational sign-posts. Topics covered include gathering, organizing, and managing content into a finished e-magazine.

    DSN 224 Web 1: This course provides a foundational overview of professional web development. Core concepts include website planning, development, and documentation. Topics covered include gathering client input and determining requirements, developing website layout and interface design, and applying graphic design best practices to the development of a web site.

    DSN 234 Multimedia: This course provides experience in various techniques for developing multimedia projects. Emphasis is placed on video compositing and special effects for output to broadcast media, the web, and mobile devices. Topics covered include combining images, text and sound effect components with voice-overs, exploring the creative process, and experiencing how Graphic Design specifically applies to the video production process.

    COM 244 Content Management Systems: This course demonstrates the advantages of using a Content Management System (CMS), and the use of acquired knowledge to construct and deploy a fully functional website. Core concepts include the benefits of CMS solutions, common terminology, and development strategies using industry-standard software. Topics covered include installing CMS programs, and configuring databases, themes, widgets, and plugins.

    DSN 254 Web 2: This course provides an overview of professional web design implementation. Core concepts include structuring HTML for website layouts, utilizing CSS to control aesthetics, and the methods and techniques used to implement a functional web layout. Topics covered include techniques for creating a variety of website layouts, and designing layout variants for multiple devices.

    DSN 264 Print Production Essentials: This course explores the technology and terminology of the printing process from the electronic design perspective. Core concepts include the preparation of art for production, working with vendors, and developing projects from design through press-ready files. Topics covered include pre-flighting, troubleshooting, and repairing digital files to output error free designs.

    DSN 274 Professional Practices: This course explores standards and practices in the graphic design profession. Emphasis is placed on communication, professional relationships, and the economic interests of designers. Topics covered include pricing structures, copyright protection, ethical guidelines, contracts & forms, project schedules, and business taxes.

    DSN 294 Portfolio: This “capstone” course is the culmination of students’ associate-level design coursework at Coleman University. Core concepts include presenting a finished body of work in a professional context. Topics covered include designing a résumé, assembling digital and print portfolios, “leave behinds” and how to best represent their skills, abilities and knowledge to gain employment in the profession.

    General Education

    ENG110 College Composition GE : Instruction in the theory and guidelines of composition for college writing with an emphasis on the following: grammar review, rhetorical strategies, essay writing, collaborative writing, and academic writing. This course must be taken within the first term of Distance Education or before any other Distance Education class.

    ENG200 Communications GE : Communications is designed to introduce students to the theory and use of human and public communication. Various types of communication studied include the following: perception, listening, verbal, nonverbal, interpersonal, intercultural.

    HUM/SOC* GE : * Students are required to take 1 HUM (either 110 or 115) or 1 SOC (either 110 or 115)

    HUM/SOC* GE : * Students are required to take 1 HUM (either 110 or 115) or 1 SOC (either 110 or 115)

    MAT 162 Algebra I GE: Intermediate algebra, which serves as the foundation for calculus and statistics. Topics include real numbers, equations and inequalities in one variable, linear equations and their graphs, functions, and systems of linear equations.

    SEC 200 Introduction to Security: An introduction to common network security issues to include authentication, attacks and malicious code, remote access, Web and email security, wireless networking, instant messaging, network devices, network security topologies, cryptography and disaster recovery.

    SEC 210 Ethics, Policies and Procedures : Students will learn the importance of developing an information security documentation program and how to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. The course focuses on technology writing, legal and ethical issues, fair use policies, information protection, policy development, standards, information classification, and security checklists.

    SOC 225 Ethics GE : N/A