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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.

1388 10:00a-1:00p TWTh AIR 133 Vruwink N R

Arrange-6 Hours
Above section 1388 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section 1388 is part of the First Year Experience (FYE) Program. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/FYE 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.

1389 1:15p-4:15p MTWTh AIR 132 Wood S J
Above section 1389 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

1390 1:30p-5:30p TWTh AIR 131 Donon S G
Above section 1390 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

1391 9:00a-1:00p TWTh AIR 132 Tanaka Bonita R
Above section 1391 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

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.

1392 Arrange-15 Hours ONLINE Mazzara E
Above section 1392 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 43, Typography Design 2 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Graphic Design 33. 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.

4088 5:30p-9:30p TWTh AIR 132 Tanaka Bonita R
Above section 4088 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.

1393 Arrange-15 Hours ONLINE Missirian M L
Above section 1393 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

1394 2:00p-5:00p TWTh AIR 134 MacGillivray I J

Arrange-6 Hours
Above section 1394 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport.

GR DES 65, Web Design 1 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: None. 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.

1687 1:30p-4:30p TWTh Air 133 Besler I H

Arrange 3 Hours
Above section 1687 meets at the Airport Arts Campus, 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica Airport. Above section is part of the First Year Experience (FYE) Program. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/FYE for additional program information.

1395 Arrange-12 Hours ONLINE Triviza A
Above section 1395 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.

4048 5:00p-9:30p TTh AIR 133 Besler I H

Arrange-6 Hours

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.

1396 Arrange-15 Hours ONLINE Anvari S S
Above section 1396 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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