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IMPORTANT!
Many SMC classes require the use of a computer with Internet access to reach class resources and/or to complete assignments and/or take exams. To locate a computer lab on campus go to www.smc.edu/acadcomp and click on the “Labs” link.

Graphic Design

GR DES 18, Introduction to Graphic Design Applications 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: None.

This computer course provides an overview of digital applications used in the field of Graphic Design: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Also covered: Operation Systems, file management and computer navigation basics.

2470 9:30a-12:35p F CMD 206 Vruwink N R

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2470 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2471 9:30a-12:35p Sat CMD 206 Hill R L

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2471 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2472 12:24p-1:44p MW PALISDS Staff

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2472 is a part of the Dual Enrollment Program, which meets at Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

2473 2:00p-5:05p F CMD 206 Vruwink N R

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2473 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Above section 2474 is a part of the Dual Enrollment Program, which meets at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4248 6:30p-9:35p MW CMD 280 MacGillivray I J

Arrange-4.5 Hours
Above section 4248 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 18. Above section 4248 is part of the Promo Pathway program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/promo for additional program information.

GR DES 31, Graphic Design Studio 1 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

This studio course introduces the graphic design process - concept, visualization, documentation, and professional presentation. With an emphasis on visual communication strategies, students will explore the fundamental text/image interaction and develop various types of graphic identity designs including symbolic, pictorial or typographic. First in a sequence of three.

2475 1:00p-5:05p T CMD 124 Baduel Z M
Above section 2475 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2476 1:00p-5:05p Th CMD 124 Baduel Z M
Above section 2476 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4249 5:30p-9:35p M CMD 124 Wood S J
Above section 4249 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4250 5:30p-9:35p T CMD 124 Baduel Z M
Above section 4250 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 33, Typography Design 1 2 units

Transfer: CSU Advisory: Graphic Design 18.

This studio course introduces classical typography--tradition, terminology, specification, and production. With an emphasis on legibility and craftsmanship, students will develop rectilinear typographic compositions while learning type indication, comping, and professional presentation techniques. This is the first in a sequence of two courses.

2477 8:30a-12:35p W CMD 124 Turner L J
Above section 2477 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2478 1:00p-5:05p Th CMD 122 Tanaka Bonita R
Above section 2478 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 34, Publication and Page Design I 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

This computer course introduces students to Adobe InDesign, a page layout computer application. Students will learn to incorporate type and imagery into creative projects, such as brochures, print publications and posters.

2479 9:30a-12:35p M CMD 206 Mazzara E

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2479 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2480 Arrange-5 Hours ONLINE Mazzara E
Above section 2480 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 35, Sketching For Graphic Design 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

This studio course is an introduction to sketching fundamentals for Graphic Design and focuses on sketching as an element of the design process. The course includes sketching and drawing principles and techniques such as observation, attention to format and proportion, perspective and composition. Students will develop and practice techniques employed by working designers to quickly create sketches for concept, storytelling, layout, prototyping, and presentation to design teams and clients.

2481 1:00p-5:05p M CMD 124 Robinson K C
Above section 2481 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2482 1:00p-5:05p W CMD 122 Robinson K C
Above section 2482 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 38, Digital Illustration 1 4 units

Transfer: CSU Skills Advisory: Graphic Design 35.

This computer course is designed for students interested in the computer as a digital illustration tool and covers the basics of computer illustration and its use in print and web-based media. Students will create vector-based artwork, manipulate type and learn how to create dynamic content and illustrations for print and online delivery using an industry standard application, Adobe Illustrator. This course also explores fundamental design concepts and finding creative solutions using Illustrator’s multiplicity of tools.

2483 12:45p-4:50p W CMD 206 Baduel Z M

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2483 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4251 5:30p-9:35p W CMD 206 Baduel Z M

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 4251 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 41, Graphic Design Studio 2 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 31.

This studio course introduces the application of graphic identity designs to corporate identity programs, retail identity systems, and other uses, primarily in 2D. With an emphasis on visual problem-solving strategies, students will generate design criteria research, analysis, design implications, and design system development. This is the second in a sequence of three courses.

2484 9:30a-1:35p T CMD 122 Donon S G
Above section 2484 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4252 5:30p-9:35p Th CMD 124 Donon S G
Above section 4252 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 43, Typography Design 2 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 33. Skills Advisory: Graphic Design 31.

This studio design course provides a survey of typography history and current design directions to inspire the development of dynamic, contemporary typographic compositions. With an emphasis on visual communication strategies, students will explore the metaphoric and stylistic refinement of text - the fundamental element of graphic design style. This is the second in a sequence of two courses.

4253 5:30p-9:35p T CMD 122 Tanaka Bonita R
Above section 4253 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 50, Graphic Design Portfolio and Professional Practices 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 33 and 66.

This studio course focuses on the development of an effective communication design portfolio and addresses the process of building a portfolio that meets the current professional industry standards for presenting work to potential employers and clients. Emphasis is placed on developing a portfolio that displays a comprehensive understanding of what industry is looking for in a designer or what is needed to transfer. This course also covers professional practices for designers including information regarding freelancing and working with clients.

2485 1:00p-5:05p T CMD 271 Chan N R
Above section 2485 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 51, Graphic Design Studio 3 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 41.

This studio course introduces the development of multi-faceted promotional design programs with applications in 2-D and 3-D. With an emphasis on unifying concepts, students will create comprehensive design programs which may include print, packaging, advertising, media, and environments. This is the third in a sequence of three courses.

2486 1:00p-5:05p W CMD 124 Lancaster W F
Above section 2486 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 60, Design Research 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

Design research allows designers to avoid making decisions based on personal opinion and to make decisions based on true user needs. This course will cover how to plan and conduct design research to uncover user needs and issues. Students will build their understanding of the design research process and will exit with the ability to develop and manage their own design research projects in client and professional environments. Additionally, students will build a small portfolio of real-world, user-centered design research documents that will enable them to demonstrate their research experience to both clients and employers.

4254 6:30p-9:35p M CMD 122 Rossi C A

Arrange-2 Hours N
Above section 4254 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 61, User Experience Design 1 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 65.

User Experience Design (UX) focuses on the quality of experience a person has when interacting with a specific design. A UX Designer focuses on the needs and wants of the user, as well as ease-of-use, and designs for the best possible user experience. This course will cover the design process, documentation, and tools used within the UX field. Topics include user research, information architecture, interaction design, prototyping, and usability testing. Following a design process, students will collaborate to research, critique, and design a project that includes prototyping and user-testing.

2487 2:00p-5:05p Th CMD 271 Missirian M L

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2487 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4255 6:30p-9:35p T CMD 280 Vacarra J W

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 4255 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 62, User Experience Design 2 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 61.

This course will use knowledge acquired in User Experience Design 1 to research, critique, and design a project using UX methodologies at an advanced level. This class will cover the process, techniques and artifacts used within the UX field. Topics include qualitative versus quantitative research, interface design, interaction design, prototyping, and usability testing. Following a design process, students will collaborate to research, critique, and design a project using techniques such as storyboards, personas, experience/journey maps, card sorting, mental models, and collaborative design to prototype and test with users.

4256 6:30p-9:35p W CMD 124 Sweidan S

Arrange-2 Hours N
Above section 4256 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 64, Digital Imaging for Design 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None.

Formerly same course as Entertainment Technology 37.

Using Adobe Photoshop, this computer class teaches students how to scan, manipulate, and enhance digital images for graphic reproduction and use on the web. Includes retouching, color adjustment and color correction techniques.

2488 9:30a-12:35p Th CMD 206 Lancaster W F
Above section 2488 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2489 2:00p-5:05p M CMD 206 MacGillivray I J

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2489 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4257 6:30p-9:35p Th CMD 206 Hill R L

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 4257 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

NEW 4492 6:30p-9:35p M CMD 208 Cameneti M A
Above section 4492 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 65, Web Design 1 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None. Skills Advisory: Graphic Design 18 or Entertainment Technology 11.

This design course is an introduction to web design for students with a basic knowledge of computers and graphic design applications. Students will learn to think critically about contemporary web design and apply basic design principles. Components of web design such as the grid, color, navigation, composition, and typography will be discussed. Other topics include web hosting, file management, FTP, target audience, design process, site maps, optimizing images, HTML, CSS, and the basics of responsive web design. Students will design and build a website.

2490 9:30a-12:35p W CMD 280 Triviza A

Arrange-1 Hour
Above section 2490 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2491 2:00p-5:05p Th CMD 206 Triviza A

Arrange-1 Hour
Above section 2491 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

2492 Arrange-6 Hours ONLINE Triviza A
Above section 2492 meets for 12 weeks, Sep 18 to Dec 08, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 66, Web Design 2 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 61, 64, and 65.

Formerly Entertainment Technology 16.

This design course builds on the design concepts and fundamentals covered in Graphic Design 65 and focuses on best practices for the design and production of responsive websites. Design issues such as design process, understanding the user, web typography and design prototyping will be addressed. Technical topics include HTML5, CSS3, responsive web design, embedded fonts and media. Students will design and create a website from start to finish utilizing the skills learned in this course.

2493 9:30a-12:35p W CMD 206 Besler I H

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2493 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

4258 6:30p-9:35p T CMD 206 Besler I H

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 4258 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 67, Web Design 3 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 61 and Graphic Design 66.

This advanced project-based web design course builds on the design concepts and technical knowledge acquired in Graphic Design 66 and focuses on designing and building a commercial-quality website. Working in teams, students will participate in the design and production of a medium-sized website. Students will go through the design process from research to launch and discuss how to best work with a client. Technical issues addressed include HTML and CSS, content management systems, responsive design, and site maintenance. Students will conceptualize, design, and produce a complete commercial-quality website.

2494 2:00p-5:05p T CMD 206 Chiembanchong J

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 2494 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 71, Motion Graphics 1 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 64; Prerequisite/Corequisite: Graphic Design 33 (Graphic Design 33 can be taken concurrently with Graphic Design 71).

Formerly Entertainment Technology 58.

This hands-on course focuses on communication design for motion. Students will conceptualize, design and produce visual communication solutions using motion. Motion Graphics is a form of communication with a range of applications: film, television, communication design, branding, advertising and web. Projects will cover best practices for animation and visual effects in broadcast design, film titles, and video production by combining narrative storytelling, graphics and typography.

4259 6:30p-9:35p F CMD 280 Gerds E L

Arrange-2 Hours N
Above section 4259 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 71B, Motion Graphics 2 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 71.

Formerly Entertainment Technology 59.

This hands-on course focuses on communication design and common professional uses of advanced motion graphics. Students will conceptualize, design and produce innovative time-based visual communication solutions using motion design theory and techniques. Exploring a wide range of applications (film, web, television, communication design, branding and advertising), students will create projects with advanced techniques for animation and visual effects in broadcast design, film titles and video production by combining typography, graphics and narrative storytelling.

4260 6:30p-9:35p Th CMD 280 Heaton W B

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 4260 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 75, Mobile Design 1 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 61 and 66.

This design course focuses on designing for mobile touchscreen interfaces including smartphones and tablets. Mobile design requires the skill of designing for smaller, hand-held devices and has its own set of characteristics and constraints. Students will conceptualize, design, and implement low-fidelity design prototypes of apps for mobile devices. Projects will cover best practices for designing for mobile devices and will cover the basics of mobile app prototyping including design process, interface design, and interaction design patterns.

This course is not a mobile app development or programming course. For such courses, please see our Computer Science course offerings.

2495 Arrange-10 Hours ONLINE Missirian M L
Above section 2495 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 76, Mobile Design 2 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 61 and 75.

This design course focuses on designing apps for mobile touchscreen devices including smartphones and tablets. This class will use knowledge acquired in Mobile Design 1 to conceptualize, design, and implement interactive design prototypes for mobile devices at an intermediate level. Projects will include designing, user testing, and creating mobile app design prototypes.

This course is not a mobile app development or programming course. For such courses, please see our Computer Science course offerings.

2496 Arrange-10 Hours ONLINE Missirian M L
Above section 2496 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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