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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.

2348   9:30a-12:35p T   AIR 137   Vruwink N R

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2348 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2350   2:00p-5:05p T   AIR 137   Vruwink N R

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2350 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2351   2:00p-5:05p Th   AIR 133   MacGillivray I J

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2351 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2352   2:00p-5:05p F   AIR 133   Hill R L

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2352 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2353   8:30a-12:35p Th   BUNDY 154   Donon S G
Above section 2353 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2354   9:30a-1:35p F   BUNDY 154   Donon S G
Above section 2354 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2355   1:00p-5:05p T   BUNDY 154   Wood S J
Above section 2355 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

2356   1:00p-5:05p W   BUNDY 154   Wood S J
Above section 2356 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2357   8:30a-12:35p W   BUNDY 154   Turner L J
Above section 2357 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4213   5:30p-9:35p Th   BUNDY 154   Turner L J
Above section 4213 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2358   9:30a-12:35p T   AIR 133   Mazzara E

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2358 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2359   Arrange-5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Mazzara E
Above section 2359 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.

2360   8:30a-12:35p T   AIR 132   Chan N R
Above section 2360 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2361   1:00p-5:05p W   AIR 131   Robinson K C
Above section 2361 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2362   1:00p-5:05p Th   AIR 132   Chan N R
Above section 2362 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2363   12:45p-4:50p W   AIR 133   Baduel Z M

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2363 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

4214   5:30p-9:35p W   AIR 133   Baduel Z M

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4214 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2364   1:00p-5:05p T   AIR 131   Baduel Z M
Above section 2364 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

4215   5:30p-9:35p T   AIR 131   Baduel Z M
Above section 4215 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

4216   5:30p-9:35p M   BUNDY 154   Tanaka Bonita R
Above section 4216 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

GR DES 44, Publication and Page Design 2    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: Graphic Design 34.

A continuation of Graphic Design 34, this lecture-lab course stresses the use of Adobe InDesign to develop professional solutions to page layout design problems.

2366   9:30a-12:35p Sat   AIR 133   Hill R L

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2366 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

4217   5:30p-9:35p Th   AIR 137   Sweidan S
Above section 4217 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2367   1:00p-5:05p W   AIR 132   Chan N R
Above section 2367 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

GR DES 54, Digital Illustration 2    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: Graphic Design 38.   •   Skills Advisory: Graphic Design 35.

Created for students interested in the computer as an illustration tool, this extension of Graphic Design 38 begins with simple black and white drawings and progresses to advanced techniques for more involved, multi-layered color illustrations. This class is taught with Macintosh computers.

2368   1:45p-5:50p F   AIR 137   Moody J M

   Arrange-1 Hour        
Above section 2368 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2369   2:00p-5:00p T   AIR 132   Chan N R

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2369 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2370   2:00p-5:05 Sat   AIR 132   Missirian M L

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2370 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2371   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Missirian M L
Above section 2371 meets for 13 weeks, Mar 06 to Jun 02, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4218   6:30p-9:35p T   AIR 137   Vacarra J W

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4218 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

4219   6:30p-9:35p W   BUNDY 154   Rodenhouse J L

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4219 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

2372   9:30a-12:35p Th   AIR 133   Chan N R

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2372 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2373   9:30a-12:35p F   AIR 133   MacGillivray I J

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2373 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2374   12:24p-1:44p TTh   PALISDS   Masihi K M

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2374 is a part of the Dual Enrollment Program, which meets at Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

2375   3:11p-4:31p MW   VENICE   Hill R L

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2375 is a part of the Dual Enrollment Program, which meets at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4220   6:30p-9:35p M   AIR 133   Chan N R

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4220 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2376   9:30a-12:35p M   AIR 133   Anvari S S

   Arrange-1 Hour        
Above section 2376 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2377   2:00p-5:05p M   AIR 133   Anvari S S

   Arrange-1 Hour        
Above section 2377 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

2378   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Triviza A
Above section 2378 meets for 13 weeks, Mar 06 to Jun 02, 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.

2379   Arrange 4.5 Hours   ONLINE-E   Besler I H

   Arrange-3 Hours        
Above section 2379 meets for 13 weeks, Mar 06 to Jun 02, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4221   6:30p-9:35p Th   AIR 133   Besler I H

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4221 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2380   2:00p-5:05p T   AIR 133   Wang J K

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 2380 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

4222   6:30p-9:35p T   AIR 133   Alexopoulos T A

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4222 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

4223   6:30p-9:35p F   AIR 137   Gerds E L

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4223 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

4462   6:30p-9:35p MW   AIR 137   Kim J H

   Arrange-4 Hours N        
Above section 4462 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 05, at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 4462 is part of the Promo Pathway program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or http://www.smc.edu/promo for additional program information.

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.

4224   6:30p-9:35p F   AIR 133   Heaton W B

   Arrange-2 Hours        
Above section 4224 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

2382   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Cavanaugh J Y
Above section 2382 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 07, 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.

2383   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Cavanaugh J Y
Above section 2383 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 17 to Jun 09, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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