School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Graphic Communications and Design: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Omaha, NE Campus

Course Descriptions

AR1440 Art Appreciation | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

This course is a basic introduction to visual art. Focus is on drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture. Students study well-known works of art by examining content, technique, form and purpose.

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CO2520 Communications | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on the history, principles and techniques of interpersonal, organizational and mass communications, and on communicating using written, verbal and visual formats. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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DT1210 Rapid Visualization Techniques | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces the concepts of rapid communication of design topics utilizing techniques of freehand drawing and their application to technical sketching and design visualization. Hands-on projects 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.

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EN1320 Composition I | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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EN1420 Composition II | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with emphasis on rhetorical structures, argumentation and research. Students study how to make strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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ES2555 Survey of Economics | A 4.5 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces basic principles of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Prerequisites: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent, EN1320 Composition I or equivalent. Students may not receive credit for both ES2555 Survey of Economics or equivalent and ES2550 Microeconomics or equivalent or for both ES2555 Survey of Economics or equivalent and ES2560 Macroeconomics or equivalent.

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GC1110 Fundamentals of Design | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces fundamental concepts, processes and skills required for design. Topics include principles of formal, spatial and material relationships, and critical analysis of these relationships and techniques.

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GC1220 Fundamentals of Typography | 4.5 credit hours

This course focuses on type development, terminology, type specifications, copy fitting, and design and construction skills. Emphasis is on developing presentation formats. Prerequisite: GC1110 Fundamentals of Design or equivalent

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GC1320 Advanced Photoshop | 4.5 credit hours

This course focuses on image manipulation and utilizing existing images to create new and unique compositions in a digital framework. Prerequisite: GC1220 Fundamentals of Typography or equivalent

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GC1330 3D Modeling Techniques | 4.5 credit hours

In this course, students generate graphics and short, animated sequences in a 3D environment. Projects emphasize 3D modeling skills, including data construction, applying attributes and lighting. Prerequisite: DT1210 Rapid Visualization Techniques or equivalent

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GC1430 Video Production Techniques | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines technical skills and creative principles required for video field and post production. Topics include video recording technology, composition, lighting, continuity, sound and editing. Practice in planning, shooting and editing video is provided through hands-on exercises, projects and assignments.

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GC1435 Interactive Design with Flash | 4.5 credit hours

In this course, students explore tools and concepts of designing interactive software applications. Topics include drawing, image, text, animation, sound and basic actionscripting integration. Prerequisite: GC1110 Fundamentals of Design or equivalent

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GC2520 Sustainable Graphic Design | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces strategies of sustainable practices for the graphic designer. Topics include green materials and processes, paper reduction strategies, pollution prevention and end of product life. Prerequisite: GC1110 Fundamentals of Design or equivalent

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GC2530 Animation | 4.5 credit hours

This course focuses on principles of form topology, visual design and movement as applied in the creation of simple animated sequence. Students are introduced to methods of integrating lighting, texture mapping, rendering and finer details of motion graphics to create 3D computer animated solutions. Prerequisite: GC1330 3D Modeling Techniques or equivalent

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GC2620 Digital Prepress and Production Processes | 4.5 credit hours

This course involves theory and techniques for pre-press preparation using industry standard software for final file output. Topics include procedures and problems involved in computer file preparation, ranging from trapping, color separations, and resolutions to printing basics and service bureaus. Prerequisite: GC2520 Sustainable Graphic Design or equivalent

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GC2630 Graphic Design for the Web | 4.5 credit hours

This course focuses on methods and techniques of developing a simple to moderately complex Web site. Using standard Web page language, students will create and maintain a simple Web site. Prerequisites: GC1430 Video Production Techniques or equivalent, GC2520 Sustainable Graphic Design or equivalent

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GC2799 Graphic Communications and Design Capstone Project | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an independent learning experience directed toward the completion of a graphic design project from start to finish. The project requires prior approval by the instructor. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 75 credits earned in the program of study including GC2530 Animation or equivalent and GC2620 Digital Prepress and Production Processes or equivalent

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GS1140 Problem Solving Theory | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

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GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4.5 credit hours

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

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GS2745 Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional | 3.0 credit hours

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CO2520 Communications or equivalent

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MA1210 College Mathematics I | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory 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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