Graphic Communications (GRC)

GRC 107 - Design Fundamentals Units: 3-4

Foundation course in the application and appreciation of the basic principles and elements of design, including form, shape, value and spatial relationships. Emphasis will be placed on developing creative skills and working with the design process. Challenge by portfolio is available.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

GRC 109 - Color and Design Units: 3-4

Color theories, color technologies and the applications of color in art and design. Intermediate, two-dimensional design problems focusing on the compositional, optical and psychological aspects of visual communication.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

GRC 110 - Drawing and Illustration Units: 4

Foundation course for developing basic skills and techniques in visualizing and rendering images in 2D and 3D presentations. Projects will focus on manual techniques and their applications in print and digital media. Challenge by portfolio is available.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

GRC 118 - Computer Graphics/Print Media Units: 3-4

Foundation course that introduces computer systems and applications as they relate to graphic communication for print media. Class will present a project-based overview of vector-draw, image manipulation, page layout and electronic publishing software. Challenge exam is available.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 107 and GRC 109, or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

GRC 119 - Digital Media Units: 3-4

Foundation course that introduces computer systems and applications as they relate to graphic communications for digital media. Class will present a project-based overview of content creation, Web design, Web animation, digital video and 3D modeling. Challenge exam is available.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 107, GRC 109, and GRC 110 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

GRC 120 - Software Applications-Beginning Photoshop Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on beginning techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Photoshop. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 123 - Software Applications-Advanced Photoshop Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on advanced techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Photoshop. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 124 - Software Applications-Beginning Illustrator Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on beginning techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Illustrator. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 125 - Graphics Software Certification Units: 1-2

Intermediate level graphic design software courses meant to prepare students for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams. Classes will include information on production processes, design principles and software specific instruction, as outlined in the current published Adobe ACA exam objectives. Please verify version of Adobe software in the current class schedule. Course does not include taking the ACA exam. This course may be repeated for up to eight credits.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: NoneNOTE: If student is working towards the Graphic Software Skills Certificate, GRC 118 and GRC 119 should be taken prior to this class.

GRC 126 - Software Applications-Advanced Illustrator Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on advanced techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Illustrator. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

GRC 127 - Software Applications-Beginning InDesign Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on beginning techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe InDesign. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 128 - Software Applications-Advanced InDesign Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on advanced techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe InDesign. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 129 - Software Applications-Beginning Dreamweaver Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on beginning techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Dreamweaver. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 130 - Software Applications-Beginning Flash Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on beginning techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Flash. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 131 - Software Applications-Premiere/Soundbooth Units: 0.5-1

Software workshop focusing on beginning techniques and applications of the current version of Adobe Premiere and Soundbooth. Class is taught hands on with software demonstrations. Class may be used toward the Graphic Communications Certificate but may not be used toward the AAS Graphic Communications Degree.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 132 - Basic Principles of Animation Units: 3

Introduction to the principles and techniques of 2D animation. Manual assignments will be completed for output to analog and digital formats for screening and portfolio. Course lectures and discussions will include professional production processes for TV, film, games and the Web, as well as potential strategies to gain employment in the field.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 107 and GRC 110 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Fall

GRC 135 - Storyboarding Units: 3

Introduction to techniques and strategies for visual storytelling. Visual language and syntax for narrative, non-linear, alternative and experimental storytelling methodologies will be explored. Story structure, character development, style, premise, genre, and format (commercial ad, interstitial, PSA, short, feature, music video, Web, games, etc.) will be discussed.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 107 and GRC 110 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring

GRC 136 - Graphic Communications Fundamentals Units: 6

Introduction to the fundamental theories, concepts and technologies of the graphic communications industry. Course will integrate basic business math and business communication instruction into an integrated, project-based curriculum.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Acceptance into the GRC Web Design Fast-Track program.

GRC 137 - Graphics Content Development and Production Techniques Units: 6

Introduction to the creation, development and production of static and dynamic content for use in Internet-based designs. Course will integrate basic business math and business communication instruction into an integrated, project-based curriculum.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 136 or Acceptance into the GRC Web Design Fast-Track program.

GRC 138 - Graphics Web Design I Units: 6

Introduction to the creation, layout and production of web pages, including the integration of imagery, typography and color. Basic programming concepts, including HTML and CSS. Course will integrate basic business math and business communication instruction into an integrated, project-based curriculum.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 137 or Acceptance into the GRC Web Design Fast-Track program.

GRC 144 - Electronic Layout and Typography Units: 3

Introduction to typography and page layout software. Typographic theory, copy acquisition, proofreading and fundamentals of typographical layout and design.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 118 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring

GRC 153 - Commercial Printing Processes Units: 4

An intermediate course in commercial printing processes including screen printing and offset lithography. Hands-on class will focus on electronic pre-press and printing methods used in commercial printing.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 118 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring

GRC 156 - Design with Illustrator Units: 3

An introductory/intermediate class in the creation and execution of designs and illustrations in the digital environment. Class will focus on vector-draw software, including the tools and techniques required to produce professional-level artwork.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 110 and GRC 118, or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Fall

GRC 175 - Web Design and Publishing I Units: 4

Introduction to authoring for the World Wide Web using industry standard software applications. Topics covered include planning, designing and building a Web site, aesthetics, creating and optimizing computer graphics for Web, information architecture, navigation and interactivity, Web publishing, Web hosting and site management.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 119 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 182 - Digital Video Production Units: 4

Introduction to the basic principles and practices of digital video production. The course covers every phase of introductory digital video preproduction, production and post-production processes from "concept to final output", including story and concept development, lighting, recording and capturing footage, importing and managing clips, editing methods, transitions, special effects, titles, and credits, sound design and output to different formats.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 119 and GRC 135 or instructor approval.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 183 - Design with Photoshop Units: 3

An intermediate course in the application of graphics software to create pixel based images using industry standard pixels based software. Class will cover digital camera and scanner operation and emphasize image manipulation and optimization processes for pixel images.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 118 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Fall

GRC 188 - Web Animation and Interactivity I Units: 3

Introduction to animation and interactivity for use in CD-ROM, DVD or Web based interactive documents using industry standard software applications. Course content focuses on planning, design and building animated and interactive digital content. Topics include information architecture, interface design and navigation, introductory programming, drawing, audio, video, and publishing options.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 118 and GRC 119, or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 198 - Special Topics in Graphic Communications Units: 0.5-6

Various short courses and experimental classes covering a variety of subjects. The class will be a variable credit of one-half to six credits depending upon class content and number of hours required. The course may be repeated for up to six credits.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 238 - Graphics Web Design II Units: 6

Intermediate course in the creation, layout and production of web pages, including developing intermediate-level layout and design skills. Continued instruction in programming languages relevant to web design and production. Course will integrate human relations instruction into an integrated, project-based curriculum.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 138 or Acceptance into the GRC Web Design Fast-Track program.

GRC 239 - Graphics Web Design III Units: 6

Advanced course in the creation, layout and production of web pages, including developing advanced-level layout and design skills. Continued instruction in programming languages relevant to web design and production. Course will integrate human relations instruction into an integrated, project-based curriculum, including the development of a student portfolio website for employment in the industry.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 238 or Acceptance into the GRC Web Design Fast-Track program.

GRC 244 - Electronic Layout and Typography II Units: 3

Advanced studio covering typography, graphic design and advertising theories and techniques for print media. Class will focus on creativity and the creative process and how these principles affect communication of ideas. Topics include image/copy interaction, production techniques and the use of type in complex compositions as well as multipage documents.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 144 and GRC 156 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 256 - Advanced Design with Illustrator Units: 3

An intermediate/advanced class in the creation and execution of designs and illustrations in the electronic environment. Class will focus on vector-draw software and more advanced principles of design to produce artwork for print and digital media.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 122 and 156, or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 275 - Web Design II Units: 3-4

Advanced Web page design using industry-standard applications. Topics include planning and design, programming, interactivity, behaviors, animation, page weighting, meta tags, databases, Web hosting and site management.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 175 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 282 - Motion Graphics for Video Units: 3

The principles of animation and motion design applied to graphics production for use in time-based and interactive scenarios. An exploration of animated title sequences, time-based image composing, and audio design principles for applications in entertainment and advertising content creation.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 132 and GRC 182 or instructor approval.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 283 - Electronic Imaging II Units: 3

An advanced course in the application of graphics software to create pixel based imagery using industry standard pixel based software. Class will cover advanced image manipulation and optimization processes for pixel images as well as simple based animation and video manipulation.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 183 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring

GRC 284 - 3D Modeling and Animation Units: 3

Introduction to basic 3 dimensional modeling and animation techniques and production processes. Topics include 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering using industry-standard 3D software.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 119 and GRC 132 or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 288 - Web Animation II Units: 3

Advanced animation and interactivity for the Web and CD-ROM using Macromedia Flash. The course extends the skills acquired in GRC 188: Web Animation and Interactivity I, and emphasizes methodology and problem solving.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: GRC 188 or approval of instructor. GRC 135 recommended.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 290 - Internship in Graphic Communications Units: 1-8

Supervised work experience with a selected graphic communications business, dependent upon students selected major emphasis. Course is designed to apply knowledge to real on-the-job situations in a program designed by a company official and a faculty advisor. Available to students entering their last semester of instruction for the GRC associates degree. Contact the department advisor for application, screening and required skills evaluation. 75 hours on the job per credit.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 294 - Portfolio Workshop Units: 1-3

Development of a portfolio for employment in the graphic communications or digital media or transfer to a four-year program. Class will deal with the professional and legal requirements of working in the graphic communications or digital media industry.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: PR: Minimum 24 units of GRC classes or approval of instructor.

Term Offered: Spring

GRC 298 - Special Problems in Graphic Communications Units: 0.5-6

Selected advanced topics and workshops relating to specific areas of graphic communications. The class will be a variable credit of one-half to six credits depending upon class content and number of hours required.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

GRC 299 - Independent Study Units: 1-6

This course is designed for advanced students to pursue work in a specific area of graphic communications. Students must submit a written proposal which becomes a contract for the course of study. Students must meet with a faculty advisor on a regular basis. Course may be repeated up to 6 credits.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED