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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 29-May-24

Summer 2024 | ART-1111-VO01 - Graphic Design I

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Christine Neuhardt
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental principles of graphic design, including composition, color, typography and related concepts, within a technical environment. Students develop visual problem-solving skills as they relate to specific examples and projects. The history and development of the graphic design profession will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of graphic design.
2. Employ technical skills needed to create design projects that communicate ideas.
3. Research, identify, and apply key aspects of graphic design.
4. Use appropriate terminology to describe graphic design techniques and processes through illustration and computer skills.
5. Illustrate creative thinking to solve a variety of design problems.
6. Explore professional opportunities in the field of graphic design.
7. Select and apply typography that supports and enhances individual design projects.
8. Examine, discuss, and critique artwork, with reference to the historical, social, and cultural context and how it has promoted social change.
9. Analyze the impact of global and/or cultural diversity on the development of design communications.
10. Create and display a portfolio of graphic design projects.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

ART-1111-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


May 21 – August 12 2024

·Syllabus:This is the course syllabus.It may be subject to adjustments.All information for the weekly assignments and in class work will be found in Canvas in the course Modules.

·Outline for the week:Each week there will be an outline in Modules that givesdetailed instructionsfor what is expected during that week’s assignments.

·Review Moduleinformation for the week’s assignments.Follow the sequence in Module starting with 0.1.

·Submit all assignments through Canvas Assignment.

Week 1 : Introduction to Photoshop Desktop.Introduction Principle/Elements of Design.Overview of the Graphic Design Professions.Course Syllabus.Participation Policy.Support Services.Course Objective.

·Participation Discussion:Discussion will be available the first class on Tuesday at 8 AM.Meet and greet each other.You will be required to read and follow the directions: post a response and respond to 2 students. This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible.Review the rubrics for the discussion.

·In class work:Review the word document file: wk1syllsum.doc This document has the course syllabus, and technical requirements for the course. Review the documents:course description, support services for students, participation policy, and attendance policy.

·In class assignment 1:Review material on the principles and elements of design, and graphic design professions. wk1introfall202.ppt: Answer questions in the Microsoft Word document:wk1ppintroquestions.

·In class assignment 2:Introduction to Photoshop desktop.Wk1photoshop.docx.Three files for this assignment:barn1.jpeg, girlguitar2.jpeg, and sky3.jpeg.

·Review Reference Material and wk1psoverview.doc, Adobe Photoshop Overview.

·Week 1 Homework:Review the file wk1hwork1.docx a design critiquereferencing the wk1pedesgin1 document.



Week 2:Introduction to Photoshop Tools and Techniques.Rule of Thirds.Golden Proportions in Design.Proximity in design. Transformation of elements in your design.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible.

·In class assignment 1:Photoshop Tools and techniques.Files for this assignment (wk2inclassboat.jpg, and wk2inclasssunset.jpg) Complete the wk2inclass.docx.You will be creating a file in Photoshop using these files.

·Homework:Review wk2refmatphotoshop.docx and wk2referencerulethird.Photoshop Composition of 4 to 5 different images.Follow instructions in wk2hw2.doc.



Week 3Color Theory.Color effects on mood.Color and value for effective type in design. Images in type. Photoshop Image Adjustments and Blending Modes.Color Modes.Layer Comps to Files.Contact Sheet 11.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible.

·In class assignment 1:Color and the effects on mood. Review Module material.Complete questions.

·In class assignment 2: Photoshop Image Adjustment: file wk3imageadjustclasswork3.docx.

·Homework assignment (hw3color202.doc).Composition using multiple images. Color critique (colorcritique.docx).



Week 4Graphic Design Posters in History.EnvironmentalProject.Type in Design. Photoshop Masks,Filter,and Blending Images.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible

  • In class work 1:Complete in class work Photoshop Masks, Filters, Blending Image Techniques. : wk4inclassphotoshop.docx
  • In class work 2:Type in Design.
  • Review all the reference material for this week: PowerPoint wk4posterhis.ppt., wk4refineedges.jpg, wk4quickmaskadobe.docx, wk4filtesadobe,wk4smartobject.docx, and wk4blendimage
  • In class work:Review Posters in History material.Answer questions.You will be using this as a reference for your homework assignment.
  • Homework 1 research assignment: wk4history.docx. This is a research assignment, and you will be using this assignment information in the next weeks discussion.
  • Homework 2 environmental ad/posters project:Begin work on your Environmental Ad/Posters, wk4enviro.docx.This is a 2-week project. There are 3 digital files due with this assignment.


Week 5 Hierarchy in Design.Line and Mood.Line in design for emotional impact.Photoshop Type in Design. Font and Proportions.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible

  • In class assignment 1:Review material in Module on type.Answer questions.Review material in Module onhierarchy in design. Answer questions.Review material online and the effects on mood.Answer questions.
  • In class assignment 2:3D type.
  • Homework: Complete files for your 3 Environmental Posters, wk4enviro.docx.


Week 6 Quiz.Introduction to Fantasy Project.Healing Brush and Clone Tool in Photoshop.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible

·In class assignment 1:Quiz

·In class assignment 2:Photoshop assignment

·Homework:Begin work on your fantasy background. Wk6fantsy21.doc has all the requirements for this assignment.This is a 2-week project.



Week 7Painting and Editing a Character.Blending Modes in Design.Composition in Design.Research character development. Lighting effects in design.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible

·In class work reference material:Review the Microsoft Work reference information on the Burn and Dodge tools: burndodget.docx I will be introducing the Dodge/Burn Tool, Layer Blend Modes, and thePaint Brush Tool.

·In class assignment 1:paint character 1: 1paintchaacter.psd

·In class assignment2:paint character 2:wk9paintcharacter2.docx

·In class assignment 3:Review material on composition in design.Answer questions.



Week 8 Shapes and Space in Design. Designing with Type.Design Problem Part 1:Necessary principles include: overlapping: illusory space; contrast of elements in terms of size, direction, space, and position; and the dynamics of negative-positive relationships.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible.

·In class assignment 1:Review material on shapes and space in design.Answer questions.

·Homework:Design Problem Part 1.Type in design.



Week 9Animation and MP4 in Photoshop. Design Problem Part 2 variations.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible

·In class assignment 1:wk9inclassanimation .docx.Review the reference material for this animation in file wk9referencanimadobe.docx.Review the reference material wk9refvectors

  • In class assignment 2:wk9inclassfloweranim.docxPaths in animations
  • Homework:Design Problem Part 2: Type in design.the file for part 2 of the Design Problem iswk9variationgrid.


Week 10Design Problem Part 3 full comp.Type Tips.Animation and Paths in Photoshop.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible.

·In class assignment 1:Type tips:wk10typetip.doc.This is a partial review of Layer Comps to files.

·In class assignment 2:This is an assignment that should review what you have learned thus far in this class.wk10inclassassignsum.doc20.Contact Sheet 11 of the files you used for this assignment.

·Homework:Design Problem Part 3:You will be creating 2 final designs from the Design Problem.Follow the guidelines for this assignment in part3desprob.docx



Week 11Presentation Design Problem. PDF Presentations. Test Review.

·Discussion:This is a required and graded discussion.It has a time limit, so it is best to respond as soon as possible

·In class assignment 1:completion of your PDF presentation of this semesters work.Wk11pdfpresentation.docx.

·Homework 1:Wk11testreview.Review wk11testreview.docx.Study for final exam.



Week 12Exam.Final Presentation.

  • Discussion:PDF Presentation of course projects.

·In class work:Written and digital test






Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.