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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

In existence for over 40 years, the Graphic Design Program at Santa Monica College serves both the student who wishes to transfer to a four-year college or art school, as well as the student who wants to obtain the skills necessary for entry into the job market as a production artist in graphic design, illustration, user experience design, or interaction design.

The program is designed to meet the industry’s need for creative professionals who excel in developing ideas and have the technical proficiency to execute them. Our instructors are experienced professionals who bring first-hand knowledge of industry practices to the classroom and work in close collaboration with industry advisors to keep up with trends and changing requirements. In addition, participating companies often provide guest speakers and student internships.

We offer day, evening and weekend classes to provide educational opportunities to all students. In addition, selected Graphic Design courses are offered online through SMC’s Distance Education program. To learn more about the program, please visit www.smcdesigntech.org.

GR DES 18, Introduction to Graphic Design Applications 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

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.

Course Number:1409 Time:9 a.m.-12 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 280 Instructor:Vruwink N R

Course Number:  Time:Arrange-6 Hours Location: Instructor: Above section 1409 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

GR DES 31, Graphic Design Studio 1 2 units

Transfer: CSU

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.

Course Number:1410 Time:1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 124 Instructor:Wood S J Above section 1410 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 typographytradition, 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.

Course Number:1411 Time:1 p.m.-5 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 122 Instructor:Tanaka Bonita R Above section 1411 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

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.

Course Number:1412 Time:Arrange-15 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Mazzara E Above section 1412 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 43, Typography Design 2 2 units

Transfer: CSU Advisory: Graphic Design 33.

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.

Course Number:4039 Time:5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 122 Instructor:Tanaka Bonita R Above section 4039 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 Advisory: 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.

Course Number:1413 Time:Arrange-15 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Anvari S S Above section 1413 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 64, Digital Imaging for Design 3 units

Transfer: CSU

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.

Course Number:1414 Time:2 p.m.-5 p.m. TWTh Location:CMD 206 Instructor:MacGillivray I J

Course Number:  Time:Arrange-6 Hours Location: Instructor: Above section 1414 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 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.

Course Number:1415 Time:Arrange-12 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Triviza A Above section 1415 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 75, Mobile Design 1 3 units

Transfer: CSU Advisory: 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.

Course Number:1416 Time:Arrange-15 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Anvari S S Above section 1416 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

GR DES 90A, Internship 1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Internships” section.

Course Number:1417 Time:Arrange-10.5 Hours Location: Instructor:Chan N R

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