Courses

Check out the Class Schedule for Art classes

ART & 100
Art Appreciation: The World of Art (5)

Students learn to analyze diverse forms of art from world cultures. Students explore the creative process, visual elements of art, and cultural/political contexts in which art is made. Course may include themes such as birth/death, public vs. private art, the human form, etc. This course is for non-majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 099 or equivalent. Mandatory decimal grading.

ART 105
Multicultural Studies through the Visual Arts (5)

Students explore the ways in which gender, race, class and sexual orientation have been represented in and defined by the visual arts. Students deconstruct historical and current images and examine how these images have impacted individuals' access or denial to power, privilege and self-definition. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 099 or EAP 099 or placement into ENGL& 101. Mandatory decimal grading.

ART 109
Two-Dimensional Design (5)

This is an introductory course in two-dimensional design. Students explore basic elements, principles and processes of two-dimensional design. Design fundamentals are investigated and explored through lecture/demonstration, hands-on projects and class critiques/discussion. Student option grading.

ART 110
Three-Dimensional Design (5)

This is an introductory course in three-dimensional design. Students explore basic elements and principles through demonstrations and hands-on studio work. Projects emphasize problem-solving, concept development and creativity in the transformation of two-dimensional concepts into three-dimensional objects. Recommended: ART 109. Student option grading.

ART 121
Ceramic Art 1 (5)

This is an introductory course in the creation and appreciation of the ceramic vessel. Students learn basic hand-building, wheel-throwing and glazing processes as a foundation for further creative development. This is the first course in a three-course sequence. Student option grading.

ART 122
Ceramic Art 2 (5)

Students build upon skills learned in Ceramic Art 1 and continue their exploration of the processes, techniques and aesthetics of the ceramic vessel. The focus in the second quarter is on development of artistic direction, interests and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 121 or equivalent with instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 123
Ceramic Art 3 (5)

Students further develop skills learned in Ceramic Art 1 and 2 and continue their exploration of the processes, techniques and aesthetics of the ceramic vessel. The focus in the third quarter is on continued development of artistic direction, interests and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 122 or equivalent with instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 131
Drawing 1 (5)

This is an introductory course in drawing from observation. Students use a variety of media, including graphite, charcoal and ink, to draw from the still-life and the figure. Basic principles of composition are stressed. This is the first course in a three quarter sequence. No academic experience is required. Student option grading.

ART 132
Drawing 2 (5)

Students continue to work from the still life and the figure in class to build upon drawing skills and understandings acquired in Drawing 1. Additional projects emphasize individual exploration and problem-solving in the development of artistic direction, interests and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 131 or equivalent with instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 133
Drawing 3 (5)

Students continue to work from the still life and the figure in class to further develop drawing skills acquired in Drawing 1 and 2. Additional projects emphasize further individual exploration and problem-solving. Prerequisite: ART 132 or equivalent with instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 134
Drawing for Animation (5)

Students focus on drawing in sequence to create two-dimensional animations. They explore full animation techniques, character animation and storyboard development. Animation drawing formats include zoetrope strips, flip books and paper cels. Prerequisites: ART 131 or instructor permission by portfolio review. Student option grading.

ART 144
Beginning Photography (5)

Introduction to photographic image creation and expression through traditional film and digital mediums. Composition, aesthetics, history, lighting, darkroom techniques and image editing tools for traditional film and digital mediums will be covered. Limited cameras available for short-term check out. Student option grading.

ART 145
Intermediate Photography (4)

Students continue to work in both traditional film and digital mediums to build upon photographic skills and techniques acquired in Beginning Photography. The course emphasizes conceptual development, artistic direction, and personal expression in photography as an art form. Cameras available for short-term checkout. Prerequisite: ART 144 with a 2.0/Pass or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 146
Advanced Photography (4)

Students continue to work in both traditional film and digital mediums to build upon photographic skills and techniques acquired in Intermediate and Beginning Photo. The course emphasizes further conceptual development, artistic direction, personal expression in photography as an art form. Limited cameras available for check-out. Prerequisite: ART 144 and ART 145, each with a 2.0/Pass or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 234
History of Animation (5)

This course explores the history and structure of animation. Students study the international development of animation from its origins to present as well as its basic principles, theories and practices. The rise of studio production is contrasted with the role of the independent artist/animator. Student option grading.

ART 244
Studio/Lighting/Digital Imaging (4)

Introduction to studio photography and studio lighting. Students learn the principles of light control, studio techniques, and post-processing for creative use in portrait, still life, and product photography. Students can work digitally or with traditional film/darkroom. Prerequisite: ART 144 and ART 145 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 246
Documentary Photography (4)

This course presents theory and the philosophy of the photograph to interpret, comment on or record the events of humanity. Visual language of sequencing and structure are explored in digital and film. Limited cameras available for check-out. Prerequisite: ART 144, 145, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 251
Painting 1 (5)

This is an introductory course emphasizing color and composition in paint media (watercolor and acrylic or oil). No previous experience is required. This is the first course in a three-quarter series. Student option grading.

ART 252
Painting 2 (5)

Students build upon skills learned in Painting 1, with emphasis on color, composition, and a deeper exploration of one paint media: acrylic, watercolor, or oil. The focus in the second quarter level is on developing students' artistic direction, interests, and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 251 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 253
Painting 3 (5)

Students further develop skills learned in Painting 2, with emphasis on color and composition, and a deeper exploration of one paint medium: acrylic, watercolor, or oil. The focus in the third quarter level is on further development of artistic direction, interests, and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 252 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 254
Wood Art & Design (5)

This is an introductory course in wood art and design. Explore creative problem-solving through various material techniques as they relate to fine art, design and furniture. Projects emphasize concept development, knowledge of woodworking tools and technical processes in the transformation of wood materials into three-dimensional objects. Student option grading.

ART 255
Glass Art and Design (5)

This is an introductory course in glass art and design. Explore creative problem-solving through various tools and techniques as they relate to fine art and design in glass. Projects emphasize concept development, technical processes and personal research in the transformation of two-dimensional concepts into three-dimensional forms. Student option grading.

ART 256
Fiber Art & Design (5)

This is an introductory course in fiber art and textile design. Explore creative problem-solving through various tools and material technniques as they relate to fine art and design. Projects emphasize concept development, technical processes and personal research in the transformation of two-dimensional concepts into three-dimensional forms. Student option grading.

ART 260
Intermediate Studio Projects (5)

Students who have completed a basic fine art studio course series work in collaboration with an instructor to build upon the skills and concepts of that specific studio art sequence and to develop individual artistic direction, interests and points of view. May be taken multiple times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 146, 133, 109, 110, 130, 123, 253, or 271 or instructor permission. Mandatory P/NC grading.

ART 261
Printmaking 1 (5)

Survey of fine art printmaking including relief, planographic and intaglio printmaking with a focus on design, drawing, techniques and materials used in printmaking. Instruction through lectures, demonstrations, critiques and research. Students create prints in each media. Student option grading.

ART 262
Printmaking 2 (5)

Students build upon skills learned in Printmaking 1 with emphasis on further exploration in one or more media and the development of artistic direction, interests and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 261 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 271
Sculpture 1 (5)

This is an introductory course in the creation and appreciation of sculpture. Students explore basic sculptural processes, materials and tools as a foundation for creative problem-solving and sculptural expression. Typical materials include clay, plaster and wood. First in a three-course sequence. Student option grading.

ART 272
Sculpture 2 (5)

Students build upon skills learned in Sculpture 1 and continue their exploration of sculptural processes, materials and tools. The focus in the second quarter level is on developing students' artistic direction, interests and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 271 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 273
Sculpture 3 (5)

Students further develop skills learned in Sculpture 1 and 2 and continue their exploration of sculptural processes, materials and tools. The focus in the third quarter level is on continued development of artistic direction, interests and point of view. Prerequisite: ART 272 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART 290
AFA Portfolio (5)

Students review and assess their artwork and artistic development to create and present a portfolio. Students will learn professional gallery and museum practices. The class is required for the AFA degree and is open to students preparing to transfer to art programs and/or further artistic and professional development. Prerequisite: For AFA degree seekers, all required core and concentration art courses in AFA degree or equivalent; up to 5 credits of these required courses can be taken concurrently with ART 290. Student option grading.

ART 291
Special Topics in Art (1)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art.

ART 292
Special Topics in Art (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art.

ART 293
Special Topics in Art (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art.

ART 294
Special Topics in Art (4)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art.

ART 295
Special Topics in Art (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art.

ART 297
Individual Project in Art (1)

Individual project in a specific area of art. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

ART 298
Individual Project in Art (2)

Individual project in a specific area of art. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

ART 299
Individual Project in Art (3)

Individual project in a specific area of art. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

 

Check out the Class Schedule for Art History classes

ART HISTORY 204
Survey of Asian Art (5)

Students are introduced to the art and architecture of India, China, Korea and Japan. This course gives an overview of Asian art with a concentration on individual nations/cultures, specific period styles and representative artists. Prerequisite: Completion or enrollment in ENGL 099 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART HISTORY 210
Japanese Art History (5)

This course offers a comprehensive study into the art, architecture and crafts of Japan. Art and artists of Japan are examined as well as the religion, politics, and economics that shaped their cultural eras. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 099, placement in ENGL& 101 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

ART HISTORY 224
Survey of Western Art: Ancient (5)

Students study and analyze Western art and architecture from prehistory through the Greco/Roman eras and the early Christian periods. This course addresses how art forms have been influenced by significant events, beliefs, and customs. Student option grading.

ART HISTORY 225
Survey of Art: Renaissance - 19th ct (5)

Students study Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Major artists and works of art are introduced. This course addresses how art forms have been influenced by significant events, technological discoveries and non-western cultures. Student option grading.

ART HISTORY 226
Survey of Western Art: Modern/Postmodern (5)

Students study and analyze Western art and architecture from the late 19th century to Postmodernism. Works of major artists and movements are introduced. This course addresses how art forms have been influenced by significant events, technological discoveries, and no-western cultures. Student option grading.

ART HISTORY 292
Special Topics in Art History (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art History.

ART HISTORY 293
Special Topics in Art History (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art History.

ART HISTORY 295
Special Topics in Art History (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Art History. Student option grading.

ART HISTORY 297
Individual Project in Art History (1)

Individual project in a specific area of art history. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

ART HISTORY 298
Individual Project in Art History (2)

Individual project in a specific area of art history. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

ART HISTORY 299
Individual Project in Art History (3)

Individual project in a specific area of art history. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

Check out the Class Schedule for Visual Communications Tech classes

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 101
Graphic Design 1 (5)

Course introduces Graphic Design with emphasis on typography, including type origins, anatomy, attributes, categories and usage. Course includes projects with critique and analysis, a survey of graphic design history, an exploration of gestalt laws, grid systems, layout fundamentals and use of color. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 102
Graphic Design 2 (5)

Introduces Graphic Design concepts and methods used in page layout for print and web. Explores marketing principles and strategies, ad layout models, art direction, campaign development and production issues. Prerequisite: VCT 101 (2.0 minimum), or instructors permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 103
Graphic Design 3 (5)

Course continues the study of principles and theories of design concept development with emphasis on visual identity. Logo design is introduced as the visual distillation of the message. Other topics include figure/ground relationships, recognition, color schemes and production issues. Prerequisite: VCT 101 (2.0 minimum), VCT 102 (2.0 minimum), VCT 128 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 112
Visual Communications Survey (5)

A survey of the visual design industry and production processes for print, web, video, animation, multimedia and game design. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 124
Basic Macintosh Systems Operations (2)

An introductory course in the fundamental operations and uses of the Macintosh computer. Students learn how to efficiently use the current operating system as related to visual communications design and production. (Call 206.546.4671 to test out of this class.) Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 125
Intro to Image Construction, Editing & Output (3)

Introduces current information, tools and techniques used to create digital materials for a variety of visual communications applications. Highlights digital image attributes including: resolution, color modes, editing, file formats and output. Prerequisites: Students completing any AAAS degree in the VCT program are required to maintain a minimum grade of 2.0 in each VCT or ART course in order to progress to the next class. May repeat class or obtain advisor's waiver. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 128
Adobe: Page layout w/InDesign (5)

Introduction to digital page layout design, concepts and skills with emphasis on typical industry documents. Projects include single and multiple-page and multiple-panel layouts such as letterhead and brochure design. Basic graphic design principles, software integration and preparation for output are addressed. Prerequisite: VCT 124 (2.0 minimum) and VCT 125 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. (VCT 101 suggested.) Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 134
Adobe: Illustrator (Vector Graphics) (5)

This course introduces digital illustration for print, web, and multimedia, using vector-based software. Students will develop problem-solving skills related to illustration techniques and software by producing industry-level projects. Prerequisite: VCT 124 (2.0 minimum) and 125 (2.0 minimum), or instructors permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 135
Adobe: Animation/Interactive Media (5)

This course introduces practice and theory in creating 2D animation projects. Students develop skills using industry software and interactive media. Prerequisite: VCT 124 (2.0 minimum), VCT 125 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. (VCT 134 suggested) Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 136
Adobe:Raster Graphics w/Photoshop (5)

This course introduces bitmap image editing, illustration and compositing using industry standard software to create content for print, web, 2D, 3D and multimedia. Non-destructive digital imaging techniques and workflows emphasize layers, masks and adjustments. Prerequisite: VCT 124 (2.0 minimum) and VCT 125 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 155
Digital Production (5)

This course explores current digital output processes such as aqueous, solvent-based inkjet and toner-based printing. Topics include display graphics, banners, apparel graphics, vehicle wraps and on-demand printing. Prerequisite: VCT 112 (2.0 minimum), 124 (2.0 minimum), 125 (2.0 minimum) and 136 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 156
Creative Project Management (5)

Course focuses on the skills needed to efficiently manage all phases of creative design and production workflow, including scheduling, budgeting, pricing, client presentation, job tracking and invoicing. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 170
Adobe: Interactive/Web Design (5)

This course introduces web design, HTML, and CSS as well as topics such as usability, grids and web standards. Students apply standard design principles in the creation of interactive web page layouts. Prerequisite: VCT 124 (2.0 minimum) and VCT 125 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. (VCT 136 recommended.) Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 173
Introduction to UX/UI Design (4)

Introduction to the concepts and applications of user experience and user interface design. Topics include user-centered design, usability, accessibility, design patterns, user research and design iteration in the production of an interactive prototype of a new or currently existing app, website or game user interface. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 176
Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation (5)

This course introduces students to the world of 3D with entry-level software. Students will learn the basics of 3D modeling and animation without the steep learning curve that exists with some high-end 3D authoring tools. Foundational concepts and skills taught in this course are transferable to all 3D software programs. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 190
Internship in Visual Communications (5)

Application of visual communication techniques and theories in an off-campus production environment. Site approval must be obtained by student. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 45 credits in ART/VCT and instructor's permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 199
Visual Communications Study Center (5)

Students complete supplemental study projects for Visual Communications to support their progress in the VCT program. This course may be taken multiple times for credit. Continuous enrollment is allowed for this class. Previously VCT 099. Prerequisites: VCT 124 or equivalent and VCT 125 or equivalent. Instructor permission required. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 204
Graphic Design 4: Packaging & Event Graphics (5)

Explores graphic design principles used in product packaging, environmental graphics, point of purchase displays and event booth signage with an adherence to a standardized design process. Prerequisite: VCT 103 (2.0 minimum), VCT 134 (2.0 minimum) and VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 205
Specialization: Design Studio/Portfolio 5 (4)

Students explore portfolio development as they pursue an individual direction, producing new design solutions and reworking existing projects. Hard copy and digital formats of finished portfolios are created. Prerequisite: VCT 204 (minimum 2.0) or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 206
Specialization: Design Studio/Portfolio 6 (4)

Students continue exploring portfolio development as they pursue an individual direction, producing new design solutions and reworking existing projects. Hard copy and digital formats of finished portfolios are created. Prerequisite: VCT 205 (minimum 2.0) or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 207
Specialization: Design Studio/Portfolio 7 (4)

Students continue exploring portfolio development as they pursue an individual direction, producing new design solutions and reworking existing projects. Hard copy and digital formats of finished portfolios are created. Prerequisite: VCT 206 (minimum 2.0) or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 215
Specialization: Adobe Studio/Portfolio 1 (4)

Students explore visual design software as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for Adobe software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 128 (2.0 minimum), VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 216
Specialization: Adobe Studio/Portfolio 2 (4)

Students continue exploration and skills development as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for Adobe software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 128 (2.0 minimum), VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 217
Specialization: Adobe Studio/Portfolio 3 (4)

Students complete their exploration and skills development in this final course in the sequence, using online training modules for Adobe software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 128 (2.0 minimum), VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 225
Specialization: Interactive Web/Studio 1 (4)

Students explore web/interactive design as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for HTML, CMS, CSS, Javascript and other Web/interactive authoring applications. Prerequisite: VCT134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 135 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), VCT 170 (2.0 minimum), VCT 176 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 226
Specialization: Interactive Web/Studio 2 (4)

Students continue exploration and skills development as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for HTML, CMS, CSS, Javascript and other Web/interactive authoring applications. Prerequisite: VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 135 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), VCT 170 (2.0 minimum), VCT 176 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 227
Specialization: Interactive Web/Studio 1 (4)

Students complete exploration of interactive design as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for HTML, CMS, CSS, Javascript and other Web/interactive authoring applications. Prerequisite: VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 135 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), VCT 170 (2.0 minimum), VCT 176 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 230
History of Visual Media (5)

This course begins with the foundational history of visual media, then branches out to specific areas of study including the history of graphic design, animation, multimedia and game art. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 235
Specialization: Autodesk/3D Studio/Game Design 1 (4)

Students explore and develop skills as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for Autodesk or other 3D software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 135 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), VCT 176 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 236
Specialization: Autodesk/3D Studio/Game Design 2 (4)

Students continue exploration and skills development as they pursue an individual direction, using online training modules for Autodesk or other 3D software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 135 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), VCT 176 (2.0 minimum) or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 237
Specialization: Autodesk/3D Studio/Game Design 3 (4)

Students complete their exploration and skills development in this final course in the sequence, using online training modules for Autodesk or other 3D software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 135 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum), VCT 176 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 245
Specialization: Video/Visual Effects Studio 1 (4)

Students explore an individual direction using online training modules for video and effects software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 267 (2.0 minimum) or VCT 268 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 246
Specialization: Video/Visual Effects Studio 2 (4)

Students continue exploration of an individual direction, using online training modules for video and effects software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 245 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 247
Specialization: Video/Visual Effects Studio 3 (4)

Students complete exploration of an individual direction, using online training modules for video and effects software to produce portfolio material. Prerequisite: VCT 246 (2.0 minimum), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 251
Introduction to Game Design Theory (5)

Course explores the process and theory of game design and interactive experience design. Students learn and practice an industry-standard design process to produce hand-crafted, physical prototypes of games focusing on the conceptual development of interactive content. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 252
Introduction to Game Art (5)

Course provides the foundation for understanding the essential vocabularies, principles and concepts in game art. Students practice workflow skills for conceptual game art development. Course covers game art styles, hand-and digital-rendering skills, lighting and perspective in creating game characters, backgrounds and props. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 253
Introduction to Game Development (5)

Course focuses on the construction of interactive 3D game levels by combining 3D models, sound, animations and scripts in a game engine application. Various genres of games are analyzed, including first-person shooter, strategy, racing and hidden object games. Prerequisite: VCT 251 (minimum 2.0) and VCT 252 (minimum 2.0), or instructor permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 267
Editing II: Avid Media Composer Lab (3)

Intensive video editing lab with Avid Media Composer. Second course in the video editing sequence. Prerequisite: FILM 265 or FILM 266 or instructor's permission. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 268
Editing Software Lab (3)

Intensive video editing lab with Media Composer, Final Cut Pro or Premiere (depending on quarter). To be taken after completion of FILM 265 to gain experience with a second or third editing platform. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: FILM 265. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 270
Web Design II with Dreamweaver (4)

An intermediate course addressing concept, design and usability issues for web development. Current technologies for web applications are explored through lecture and hands-on projects that involve the exploration of human/ computer interaction through dynamic graphics elements and structure. Previously VCT 238. Prerequisite: VCT 170. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 274
Flash II: Interface Design (4)

This course introduces students to user-interface screen design for rich-media applications such as CD, DVD, web, kiosk and handheld devices. Students gain experience with animation technologies and software while focusing on visual communications concepts and project development. Previously VCT 174. Prerequisites: VCT 124 (or equivalent) and 125 (or equivalent) and 134 and 135, or portfolio review. Instructor permission required. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 276
3D Modeling & Animation with Maya (5)

Course covers the extensive capabilities of Maya as the art and entertainment industry standard for 3D digital content creation. Students learn modeling techniques using polygons and NURBS. Texturing, animation and rendering are also highlighted. Prerequisite: VCT 134 (2.0 minimum), VCT 136 (2.0 minimum) and VCT 176 (2.0 minimum) or instructor permission with portfolio review. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 277
3D Animation with Maya (4)

This course focuses on planning and producing high-quality 3D animation for use in multimedia, web, kiosk, mobile devices and video applications. Students use a variety of animation techniques to create realistic movement. Previously VCT 275. Prerequisite: VCT 276 and instructor signature, or instructor permission with portfolio review. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 278
Compositing with After Effects (4)

Course provides theory and practice in using After Effects for post production work in compositing, animation and motion effects. Topics include composition, effects, alpha channels, color correction, tweening, motion paths, importing and exporting. Prerequisites: VCT 134 and VCT 135 and VCT 136, and VCT 267 or 268, or instructor approval. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 291
Special Topics in VCT (1)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Visual Communications Technology.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 292
Special Topics in VCT (2)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Visual Communications Technology.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 293
Special Topics in VCT (3)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Visual Communications Technology.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 294
Special Topics in VCT (4)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Visual Communications Technology.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 295
Special Topics in VCT (5)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Visual Communications Technology.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 297
Individual Project VCT (1)

Individual project in a specific area of VCT. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 298
Individual Project-VCT (2)

Individual project in a specific area of VCT. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TECH 299
Individual Project-VCT (3)

Individual project in a specific area of VCT. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.