SRJC Course Outlines

6/12/2024 11:49:11 PMGD 56 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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Discipline and Nbr:  GD 56Title:  DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION  
Full Title:  Digital Illustration in Photoshop
Last Reviewed:1/24/2011

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled.506 min.Lab Scheduled8.75
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 87.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  39 - Total 2 Times
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Catalog Description:
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Demonstration and use of illustration techniques using PhotoShop.  Emphasis placed on creating effective graphic communications using PhotoShop.

Course Completion of CS 70.11A and GD 52

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Demonstration and use of illustration techniques using Photoshop.  Emphasis placed on creating effective graphic communications using Photoshop.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of CS 70.11A and GD 52
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:39 - Total 2 Times


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:Fall 2014
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Use the tools in Photoshop to create illustrations to use for graphic communications.
2.  Use the design principles of color, value, proportion, perspective, scale, texture, and motion to create effective illustrations to use in graphic communications.
3.  Use the digital tablet effectively.
4.  Create finished illustrations and photo montages to be incorporated into graphic design projects for a portfolio.
5.  Create effective type effects for logos and headlines using Photoshop tools.
6.  Repeating students will be to create digital illustrations at a higher level of professional mastery.

Topics and Scope
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1.    Using the computer pen tablet such as the Wacom tablet
2.    Creating believable shading and shadows in Photoshop
3.    Using Photoshop tools to create:
      a.  Believable perspective
      b.  Dynamic scale
      c.  Type effects for headlines and logos.
      d.  Textures and borders
      e.  Dynamic motion effects
4.    Drawing in the Digital Age
5.    The photo montage:  shading, shadows, edges, values, and color
6.    Engaging the audience using perspective in the two-dimensional space
7.    Scale:  a tool for gaining readership
8.    Drop shadows for creating type effects for logos and headlines
9.    Textures and borders
10.  Creating motion effects to create reader interest
11.  Repeating students will be shown more advanced techniques

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1.  Nine thumbnails using markers for each assignment
2.  Illustration for book jacket cover
3.  Illustration for a brochures using perspective
4.  Illustration for a magazine spread using scale
5.  Headline for magazine spread using effective type effects
6.  Final project using a set of border, motion, and texture effects in signage prototypes
7.  Repeating students will be graded on more advanced projects using a higher level of expertise

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 50%
Photoshop labs: shadow and shading, perspective, scale, type effects, textures, borders, motion. Design labs: engaging the reader using scale, montage, perspective, shadows, value and color.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
45 - 65%
Book jacket cover; perspective illustration; magazine illustration; headline with type effects; signage prototypes using border, motion and texture effects.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 15%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials

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