School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Visual Communications: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

Course Descriptions

CD140P Rapid Visualization | 4 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the techniques of freehand drawing and its application to technical sketching and design visualization. Exercises include drawing of two- and three-dimensional shapes and objects, spatial thinking and eye-hand coordination in relation to the practice of drafting and design.

GE117P Composition I | A 4 credit hour Composition course

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE127P College Mathematics I | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184P Problem Solving; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE184P Problem Solving | A 4 credit hour Science course

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques and helps them apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking and mathematics to help solve problems in practical applications.

GE192P College Mathematics II | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

GE217P Composition II | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE347P Group Dynamics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE364P Art Appreciation | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course is a basic introduction to visual art, focusing primarily on drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture. Students will examine well-known works of art through the study of content, technique, form and purpose.

IT107P Instructional Design | 4 credit hours

Students are introduced to the theories and practices of instructional design in relation to the creation of interactive tools for training.

IT212P Broadcast Graphics | 4 credit hours

Principles of type design, image manipulation and communication are applied in the creation of models and motion graphics for the broadcast industry. Prerequisites: IT209P 3D Modeling, IT210P Visual Design Theory

IT309P Animation I | 4 credit hours

This course is a continuation of the 3D Modeling course. Principles of form topology, visual design and movement are applied in the creation of simple animated sequence. Prerequisites: CD140P Rapid Visualization, CD340P Physical and Computer-Aided 3D Modeling or IT209P 3D Modeling or VC210P Modeling in 3D

IT310P AudioVideo Techniques | 4 credit hours

Techniques of integrating visual and audio features into an edited multimedia or animated piece are introduced in this course. Students will have opportunities to output projects onto videotape or CD-ROM.

IT311P Animation II | 4 credit hours

This course is a continuation of Animation I. Students will be introduced to methods of integrating lighting, texture mapping, rendering and the finer details of motion graphics to create 3D computer animated solutions. Techniques of concept development, story boarding, project planning and script writing will be applied during the creative process of generating a computer-animated sequence. Prerequisite: IT309P Animation I

TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4 credit hours

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development | 4 credit hours

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

VC100P Introduction to Design | 4 credit hours

The fundamental principles of design and color through creative problem solving exercises are covered in this course. Elements of two dimensional form, Gestalt principles, the working relationship between perceptual design principles and communication concepts in the graphic design context will be examined.

VC110P Typography | 4 credit hours

This course focuses on principles of printing design and typography. Assignments encompass technical specifications, aesthetics, functionality and meaning in typographic design. Prerequisite: VC100P Introduction to Design

VC130P Digital Type and Image Manipulation | 4 credit hours

This course focuses on image manipulation and typography with a focus on utilizing existing images and type to create new and unique compositions in a digital framework. Prerequisite: VC110P Typography

VC210P Modeling in 3D | 4 credit hours

Students explore principles of 3-dimensioning and apply them in the creation of 3D computer representations using appropriate modeling software. Emphasis will be placed on creation of accurate models rendered with color, shading, texture mapping and lighting to simulate effects of materials, finishes and surface graphics. Prerequisite: CD140P Rapid Visualization

VC215P Interactive Communication Design | 4 credit hours

Students apply design principles to create an interactive software application that is both communicative and intuitive for its user. Prerequisite: VC100P Introduction to Design

VC220P Graphic Design Production Processes | 4 credit hours

This course introduces concepts, applications and projects in page composition, document design and color pre-press. Text processing, typesetting, printing formats, color correction, page layout and pagination are also emphasized. Emphasis is placed on workflow production of documents in print. Prerequisite: VC130P Digital Type and Image Manipulation

VC230P Digital Prepress | 4 credit hours

This course presents advanced printing production processes and various conventions used in industry. Students are familiarized with the conventions, practices and terminologies used in traditional and computer-based printing processes. Prerequisite: VC220P Graphic Design Production Processes

VC240P Visual Design for the Web | 4 credit hours

Using current electronic media technologies, this course focuses on basic Web site design and development with emphasis on the intelligent and aesthetically cogent incorporation of still images and type. Prerequisites: VC215P Interactive Communication Design, VC220P Graphic Design Production Processes

VC250P Design Project | 4 credit hours

The Design Project course provides an independent learning experience directed towards the completion of a graphic design project from start to finish. Project will require prior approval by the instructor. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including IT311P Animation II or equivalent and VC230P Digital Prepress or equivalent


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Paul Groves
Computer Drafting and Design
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2010
Lexington, KY

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"My experience at ITT TECH, it was great. It's not just bookwork; it's hands on, which is exactly the way I learn."
- Paul Groves, 2010
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