Undergraduate Certificate in Visual Communications

 

DEGREE AT A GLANCE:

    • Number of Credits
    • 18
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 250
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 4,500
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)
 

Program Description

Graphics are valuable tools for communication in Internet applications. This Visual Communications certificate introduces the student to the principles and practices of image manipulation, image enhancement, and image storage. The student will explore graphical file formats, color and perception, color balance, histograms, web-friendly colors, the impact of image size and resolution on screen size and resolution, brightness, contrast, image noise, noise reduction, digital signal processing (blurring, de-blurring, Gaussian filters, sharpening, softening, spot healing, dodging, burning), transparency, opacity, hue, saturation, image layering, color blending (multiplying, dodging), image transformation (rotation, resizing, shearing), selections (pixel, vector), alpha channels, and image modes (grayscale, RGB, CMYK, HSB, indexed color). This certificate also examines the process of designing, developing, and deploying text and graphics in motion in order to create a dynamic and interactive experience for the web user. Students will develop storyboards, perform interaction design, animate type, and set illustrations in motion. Students will examine and apply the theories and concepts behind developing illustrations, character animations, layers, frames, masks, symbols, libraries, motion tweens, shape tweens, nested objects, and animated shows. They will add audio and video to enhance the quality of the visual experience. Prior experience with using graphics software and with scripting languages such as JavaScript is recommended.

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Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose and usage of smart objects, layers and vectors in editing, also differentiate between a raster image and a vector image; also detail the layer concepts of hiding, linking, and setting layer styles.
  • Detail the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as a tool for editing and restoring digital images, also describe the process for enhance digital images by manipulating sharpness, color, contrast, hue, brightness and resolution.
  • Appraise the principles and concepts of effective design for organizing information, for performing site design, and for determining the navigation structure.
  • Assess the principles for designing web pages, including the: content, typography, colors, images, and page layout; also examine the use of style sheets to enhance reusability and to design consistent interfaces.
  • Compare and contrast the various image file formats on the web, including (GIF, JPG, PNG, and SVG).
  • Assess the utility of Adobe Flash technology in streaming animations in web site; also assess the use of Tweens, Anchors, Guides, and Onions Skins to develop web animations
 
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
NAME
DESCRIPTION
CREDITS
DSIN121
Web Page & Web Site Design
3 hours

This course introduces students to the concepts of Web site design, including Web project management, the Web site development process, and ethical and legal issues in Web development. The course provides hands-on experience with Web page layout, navigation, typography, Web graphics, color, color theory, web safe colors, HTML and the evolution of markup, XML, XHTML, structural elements (tables and framesets), cascading style sheets, site content and metadata. It also explores readability, interactivity, navigation, usability and accessibility, browsers and design considerations, audio, motion, multimedia, and the impact of these design elements on the performance of the web site. Students will need access to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student. This course covers lessons 1-16 of the Web Design curriculum of the CIW Web Design Specialist certification.

Pre Reqs: Web Development Fundamentals(WEBD121)

DSIN141
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
3 hours

Graphics are valuable tools for communication in Internet applications. This course introduces the student to the principles and practices of image manipulation, image enhancement, and image storage. The student will explore graphical file formats, color and perception, color balance, histograms, web-friendly colors, the impact of image size and resolution on screen size and resolution, brightness, contrast, image noise, noise reduction, digital signal processing (blurring, de-blurring, Gaussian filters, sharpening, softening, spot healing, dodging, burning), transparency, opacity, hue, saturation, image layering, color blending (multiplying, dodging), image transformation (rotation, resizing, shearing), selections (pixel, vector), alpha channels, and image modes (grayscale, RGB, CMYK, HSB, indexed color). Students must have access to Adobe Photoshop CS6 (or higher). This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student.

DSIN241
Illustration & Design Using Adobe Illustrator
3 hours

This course examines the process of designing, developing, and deploying text and graphics in the industry standard vector graphics software application, Adobe Illustrator CS5 or higher. Students will develop illustrations that take advantage of the broad set of tools, effects, and attributes available in Illustrator. They will learn to edit existing vector graphics files, and how to structure and mange vector graphics files for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. They will learn to format files for use in other applications and for output to a variety of imaging devices. Students must have access to Adobe Illustrator CS5 or higher software.

DSIN242
Motion Graphics Using Adobe Flash
3 hours

This course examines the process of designing, developing, and deploying text and graphics in motion in order to create a dynamic and interactive experience for the web user. Students will develop storyboards, perform interaction design, animate type, and set illustrations in motion. Students will examine and apply the theories and concepts behind developing illustrations, character animations, layers, frames, masks, symbols, libraries, motion tweens, shape tweens, nested objects, animated shows, and ActionScript. They will add audio and video to enhance the quality of the visual experience. Adobe Fireworks will also be introduced. Students must have access to Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (or higher), Adobe Fireworks CS5 (or higher), Firefox 2.0 (or higher), and Adobe Flash Professional CS5 (or higher) software. This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student. This course covers lessons 24–29 of the Web Design curriculum of the CIW Web Design Specialist certification.

Pre Reqs: Web Development Fundamentals(WEBD121)

WEBD121
Web Development Fundamentals
3 hours

This course introduces students to Web site development through a combination of readings and hands-on development exercises. This course covers the Site Development Associate curriculum of the CIW Web Foundations Associate certification. It also covers the Web Design curriculum of the CIW Web Design Specialist certification. It emphasizes Markup Language and Site Development Essentials, HTML5 Coding, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Graphical Elements, Hyperlinks, HTML Tables, Web Forms, Video, Audio and Image Techniques, Extending HTML, GUI HTML Editors and Mobile Web Sites, Web Site Development for Business, JavaScript and DHTML Fundamentals, Plug-Ins and Java Applets, HTTP Servers and Web Applications, Databases, and Web Site Publishing and Maintenance. Fundamentals of JavaScript programming are also introduced in this course. Students will need access to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student. To succeed in this course, students will also need basic computer knowledge such as creating files and folders, downloading and uploading files, creating zipped files, and working with text editor such as Notepad++.

WEBD220
Web 2.0 Fundamentals
3 hours

This course provides an introduction to Web 2.0 trends and technologies. Students will profile the various features, tools, communities, and practices available in Web 2.0. Also included is a survey of the concepts, tools, and practices used to build blogs and wikis. The course also reviews the various methods of posting information from the blog into web pages using RSS & Atom techniques. Students will also appraise other Web 2.0 technologies, such as forums, collaborative web sites, discussion boards, and wikis. Students will apply the knowledge gained in this course to design and create blogs and forums. Students must have access to a microphone.


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