Graphic & Interactive Design Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
History of Western Art I (SAR 105)
The history of art in Western culture: Prehistoric to Renaissance. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
History of Western Art II (SAR 110)
Baroque to the present. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Drawing (SAR 115)
Concepts of seeing as it relates to drawing; introduction to various drawing media. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Figure Drawing (SAR 116)
Life studies; the human form and its exploration. Prerequisite: SAR115. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
History of Animation (SAR 118)
Comprehensive overview of animation and sequential graphics. Students explore animation from the history of graphic design through modern television, movie, and video game design. Students also study the impact of technology on information processing and consumption. Spring semester, odd numbered years. 3 credits.
2-D Design (SAR 120)
Introduction to the tools, materials, and concepts of two-dimensional image-making; the elements and principles of visual organization with contextual associations; drawing, painting, introductory printmaking, and mixed media. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring and fall semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
3-D Design (SAR 121)
Elements of three-dimensional design; forming, fabrication, and joining of various materials: use of hand and power tools. Prerequisite: SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Black and White Photography (SAR 135)
Introduction to the camera, film developing, enlargement, and printing; emphasis on developing skills to produce the “classic "print. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Graphic Design I (SAR 190)
Overview of the profession of graphic design. Study of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign software, printing, and history. Students apply graphic design theory and principles through the creation of practical projects. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Sophomore Review (SAR 202)
Students complete and present a portfolio of work to be reviewed during the spring semester of the sophomore year by the art faculty. Transfer students complete this review after attending for one semester in the spring of their first full year, unless they are part of a 2 + 2 articulation agreement from their Associate’s Degree Institution. Spring semester. 0 credits. Pass/fail.
Twentieth Century Art II (SAR 210)
Art since 1945; art movements from Abstract Expressionism to the present. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110. 3 credits.
Animation I (SAR 211)
Introduction to animation and motion graphics. Students learn common animation techniques including frame-by-frame animation, keyframing, tweening, and syncing. Study of Adobe AfterEffects and Animate software. Pre-requisite: SAR281. Fall semester, even numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Storyboarding (SAR 212)
Introduction to the mechanics of visual storytelling. Students develop skills required to create successful storyboards for a variety of applications in animation, web, and interaction design. Students explore scriptwriting, directing, and development of story structures to use imagery and limited words to communicate and convey meaning. Pre-requisite: SAR281. Fall semester, odd numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Video (SAR 213)
This course is an introduction to the art of video and audio pre and post-production. Students will gain experience in video and audio capture and be able to edit them together to tell a story. Through demonstrations, readings, and practice, students will learn basic editing techniques with Adobe Premiere Pro. Prerequisite: SAR117 or SAR180 (nonmajors). Spring Semester, odd numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Information Design and Research (SAR 214)
Comprehensive overview of data research methodologies for the visualization of data. Students will explore techniques for creating effective research deliverables. Exploration of visual literacy in information design. Pre-requisite: SAR190. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Typography I (SAR 230)
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of typography as a critical skill for design practice. Topics include the history of typography, the impact of technology on letterforms, and the anatomy of type. Skill development in type arrangement, typography for optimal readability, and expressive typography are addressed. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.
Digital Imaging II (SAR 281)
This advanced course provides digital image-making concepts and techniques and in-depth exploration of computer-based photo projects. Prerequisite: SAR180. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Typography II (SAR 290)
Analysis and creative use of typography through assigned projects. Instruction and practical experience using computer software. Prerequisites: SAR180 and SAR190. Spring semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.
Photography Tools & Techniques (SAR 316)
Students will gain knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, technologies, and processes used in photography. Students will investigate their own photographic process as they take their work from concept to finished product. Prerequisite: SAR281. Fall Semester, odd numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Animation II (SAR 317)
Students expand upon skills learned in Animation I. Advanced scripting, syncing, and sound techniques will be combined with complex animated timelines. Optimization techniques for web, mobile, and large-scale production will create motion deliverables. Adobe AfterEffects, Animate, and HTML5 animation skills will be developed. Pre-requisites: SAR211, SAR212, and SAR390. Spring semester, even numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Interaction Design (SAR 382)
Study of designing interactive experiences from conception to implementation. Introduces students to issues such as interface design, usability, and design methods within the interaction design process. Prerequisites: SAR180 or SAR281, and SAR390. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Web Design (SAR 390)
Study of HTML, Web design, Web editor, Web animation, digital image editing for the Web. Prerequisite: SAR180. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.
History of Graphic Design (SAR 395)
The course provides graphic design students with an understanding of the places, people, events, and technological innovations that have influenced the development of the profession of graphic design. History of visual communication with emphasis on the development of design in the twentieth century. Prerequisite: SAR290. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Apprenticeship (SAR 440)
Practical experiences in learning specific skills related to the major area of study under the direction of qualified personnel and with approval of the dean. Assignments arranged and approved by the supervising faculty member. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit (maximum 12). Fall, spring, and summer.
Advanced Photography (SAR 470)
Students will be challenged to expand their personal photographic vision through project-based assignments. Advanced digital camera methods will be explored. Students will use creative techniques in image making and post processing with applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Prerequisite: SAR316. Fall semesters, even numbered years. 3 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.
Prof. Practice for Visual Arts (SAR 480)
This course provides practical and theoretical skill development to students who plan careers in the visual arts. Examples include targeting a specific career in the arts; the business of being an artist; documentation and presentation of work and skills; portfolio development; self promotion and resources for artists; and a theoretical examination of the role of the artist in society. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR115. Seniors only. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Branding (SAR 490)
Advanced topics in graphic design. Emphasis on branding. Students participate in a service learning project in graphic design. Prerequisite: SAR390. Spring semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.
Integrated Marketing Communication (SCA 195)
Introduction to principles and techniques of integrated marketing communication and the use of information technologies to influence consumer behavior and change through advertising, public relations, media relations, promotional activities, direct marketing, data mining, and branding; examination of communication channel selection and message development. Spring semester and ADP session 3. 3 credits.
Information Design and Technology (SCA 200)
Students develop technical skills in the use of social media and mobile technologies to support communication objectives and procedural proficiencies to create awareness, develop corporate profiles, deliver message, engage audience, assess access, and enhance the professional communication process. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.