L1 Graphic Design I: Illustration, Art & Design

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This course is an introduction to using principles of composition, color, and design. Students will work to identify and define the vocabulary of the elements and principles of design as well as create artwork illustrating their understanding. 

Elements that will be covered are Line, Shape, Form, Value, Color, Type, and Texture.
The principles covered are Balance, Unity, Contrast, Emphasis, Alignment, and Rhythm.

Color Theory establishes the basic understanding of composition, color, and the elements of design. Three basic categories of color theory will be explored: the color wheel, color harmony, and the context of how colors are used. Upon gaining a visual awareness and critical observation of color, the student will be better equipped to problem-solve in the visual media marketplace.

The illustration part of the course is designed to introduce the field of illustration and media. The student will develop their use of the elements and principles and work to convey a story or describe a point of view. Students will also engage in creating a variety of illustrations with varied media from layouts to finished pieces. Students will create artwork using black and white media, and interpret people, places, and things using illustration and design. 

Students will also learn about Graphic Design history and related careers along with the Gestalt Principles of Psychology and how they pertain to design. Students will learn how the formal design process and how to develop preliminary thumbnails and sketches. Appropriate professional work habits will be stressed.

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Enrolled: 21 students
Duration: 10 hours
Lectures: 16
Video: 9 hours
Level: Freshman MP2
L1 Graphic Design I: Illustration, Art & Design
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