Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

Western Art History 1

Course ID: AH210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA110
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from pre-history until the Renaissance period in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 2

Course ID: AH220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from the Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Modern + Contemporary Art History

Course ID: AH320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH220
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course addresses developments in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Although the course focuses on the western scene, issues of contemporary global art are also discussed. Museum and gallery visits are required.

History of Graphic Design

Course ID: AH334
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA108
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course examines the emergence of graphic design and the professional designer from 1800 C.E. to the present. Continual conceptual and technological revolution is the essence of this subject and the theme of this course. Required for Graphic Design majors.

Aesthetics

Course ID: AH420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210, AH220, AH320
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes consideration of such questions as: What is Art? What is Beauty? What is the role and responsibility of artists in society? Are there genuine standards by which we can judge art? Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogues concerning these questions.

Fund Comp + Color: Digital

Course ID: FD118
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course investigates principles of pictorial organization through the relationship of composition and color of visual elements. This includes the study of formal qualities of art; line, shape, value, texture, rhythm, space, balance, proportion, movement, unity, harmony, and tension. Studies of color address properties of hue, value, and intensity, as well as color interactions of harmony, discord, and simultaneous contrast. Special emphasis is given to concepts necessary for visual communication, regardless of media, but this course will utilize digital tools as a way to explore the concepts efficiently and to prepare students for contemporary expectations of commercial art and design professions. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Course ID: FD123
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: FD127
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This foundation course explores basic graphic design methods, processes, techniques, and formats. Assignments introduce elements, media, and principles of graphic design from historical and contemporary perspectives and emphasize visual representation aimed to communicate ideas and non-visual content. Students will use Adobe's Creative Suite 3 (CS3) software.

Fund of Digital Imaging 1 - Photoshop

Course ID: FD127
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course introduces principles of creative visualization with the use of the computer and pixel based imaging software. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon working with imagery from digital cameras, scanners, and generating original computer graphics. Topics include photo-retouching, digital drawing and painting, digital montage, color modes, and preparing files for printing and web based display. Primary software: Adobe Photoshop.

Fund of Digital Imaging 2 - Illustrator

Course ID: FD129
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course is focused on the use vector based imaging software for drawing and design. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon use of vector drawing tools, stylization techniques, and integration with pixel graphics. Topics include simplification of form, technical drawing, pattern creation, and perspective studies. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator.

Fundamentals of 3D Studio Max

Course ID: FD133
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of 3d modeling, UVW unwrapping, texturing, and software comfortability. The course is designed with the absolute beginner to 3d in mind, with a complete overview of the most commonly used tools and techniques used with current game industry standards in mind. Students will become familiar with the complex interface of the software, as well as to best practices of the game industry. The course allows students the opportunity to work inside of a game engine, allowing them to realize the basic pipelines of taking an asset from "start to finish" as would be expected when working at a game studio.

Fundamentals of 3D

Course ID: FD137
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course will focus on an introduction to 3D. Students will learn the key features of modeling, animation, lighting, texturing, physic dynamics and camera technique through Autodesk Maya.

Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

Course ID: FD142
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the process of creating motion graphics.The core applications used in this course are Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, and illustrator. Students will also be creating video content to use in their motion graphics work.

Fundamentals of Type

Course ID: FD144
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: FD145
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers the history, theory and practice of letterforms and typography they apply to other areas of design, graphics and visual communication. Projects cover principles of typography, letter structure, typeface selection, fundamentals of digital type, and typographic layout.

Design Drawing

Course ID: FD145
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This foundation level drawing course is for graphic design students to gain competency in traditional basic of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. Drawing from observation to depict form with accurate proportion and perspective is practiced, as well as creating diagrams to visually communicate in ways that are not directly observable.

GD+DM Advancement Review

Course ID: GD001
Course Credits: 0
Requirement: R
Course Description:
LCAD Design students will be required to successfully complete a portfolio review within their sophomore to junior in order to continue in the design program. This review is mandatory and is designed to assess your strengths, weaknesses, and academic readiness to move forward in the program.

Typography 1

Course ID: GD223
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD27, FD129, FD144
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for the design major requiring conceptual, perceptual, manual, and computational skills to meet studio research into the history of letterforms and layout design. Projects explore compositional and structural aspects of letterforms, as well as various kinds of text layouts and their optical and interpretational effects. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Graphic Design 1

Course ID: GD224
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for the design major. Studio practice explores the use of hierarchy, form, conceptual thinking, visual representation and interpretation, and the elements of communication. Projects address various essential graphic design formats: logotypes, promotional items, editorial design examples, announcements, and a variety of visual styles. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Typography 2

Course ID: GD225
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD223, GD224
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This intermediate course explores the underlying principles and elements of letterforms. Also explored are their usage, various grid-based layout systems, and typographic styles. Assignments emphasize visual representations of complex information through various editorial design formats, and are conceived as a means by which to analyze the semiotic function of text and its aesthetic and phenomenal qualities. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Graphic Design 2

Course ID: GD226
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD223, GD224
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an intermediate course in the Graphic Design major. Conceptual and practical solutions are emphasized in projects that are conceived to address and meet various communication objectives. Assignments are based on research, design process communication skills and professional presentation.

Computer Imaging

Course ID: GD230
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This studio course in digital image making will challenge students to create thought-provoking and visually stimulating work while learning how to use the computer as a versatile tool for creation and manipulation. A range of projects will be developed while students consider the role of literal and implicit communication, aesthetics, and emotional impact. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Macromedia Flash (a beginning intro).

User Interface Design

Course ID: GD236
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers user interface and user experience principles, processes, and application. Students will learn the basic skills of UI/UX in order to design digital products such as mobile apps and responsive websites. The goal of the class is to understand and apply the product development steps; starting with research, concept validation, user-focused designs, to file preparation for web developers/engineers. The course will introduce industry-approved tools and programs.

3D-1: Animation for Motion Graphics

Course ID: GD251
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD137
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course introduces 3-dimensional computer modeling, concepts, technology and techniques (i.e., 3-dimensional virtual coordinate system, wire-frame, texture mapping, light source and camera positioning, etc.) through assignments that emphasize innovative object or product design and photorealistic representation.

Digital Photography 1

Course ID: GD275
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course examines the use of digital cameras with a focus on essential skills relevant to artist and designers. Technical aspects of the course include principles of photographic exposure, lighting, and working with digital files. Artistic aspects of the course include considerations for effective communication and emotional impact, thematic unity, and image enhancement techniques. Primary software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge.

Corporate Identity 1

Course ID: GD311
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course requires creative, computational, and manual skills to meet conceptual and/or visual standards pertinent to a company's identity system. This course includes a comparative analysis of the market and of strategic market positioning to create a visual identity system (for example, creating a brandmark, color palettes, and photographic and illustration styles) and sample applications (examples include transportation, clothing, media, signage, and packages).

Communication Design 1

Course ID: GD312
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an intermediate course in the design major that focuses on the methods and principles of communication and the creation of meaningful content through the development of visual symbols, structures, and systems. The course will include extensive readings and in-depth research, the development and execution of strategic briefs, and both visual and verbal presentations.

Package Design 1

Course ID: GD314
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course requires conceptual, imaginative, manual, and computational skills to meet studio production and research resulting in projects that combine visual identity elements (such as logotypes, color palettes, typographic components, illustrations, and/or photographs). The course emphasizes a contextual approach to developing a brand or a line of products and its package as well as toward understanding the design processes that result in functional three-dimensional package solutions. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Digital Videography 1

Course ID: GD320
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focusses on recording, editing, and compositing digital video files. Concepts and techniques of non-linear editing, compositing layers of computer generated imagery and live action video, special effects, camera movements and cinematic points of view, and design of titling and motion graphics will be covered. The work of professional animators, directors, and producers will be screened and discussed. This course covers the operation of video-capable devices and camcorders, including exposure control, use of lighting, and shot types. Techniques for working with title graphics and sound will also be demonstrated and practiced.

Action Sport Industry 1

Course ID: GD351
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces the concepts, methods and skills used in the Action Sports industry.

Motion Graphics + Visual Effects

Course ID: GD411
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD142
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course builds on students existing design and typography skills and sets them in motion. Students in this course learn how to communicate messages by combining video, 3d, animation, and sound. This course focuses on Adobe master suite, After Effects, Maya, Sound Booth, and FinalCut Pro. Students will be storyboarding and executing motion graphics pieces that would be used in high definition television and on the web. Topics include typographic design, alpha channels, keys, masks, compositing 2D and 3D graphics, and video compression.

Professional Practice for Designers

Course ID: GD412
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture/studio course introduces students to business practices, thereby bridging the gap between the educational experience and the professional world of the graphic designer. Topics include self-promotion, processes and intricacies of finding work, printing processes and collateral, general business guidelines, billing clients, contracts, and professional organizations.

Senior Portfolio 1

Course ID: GD418
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD001
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course prepares students to enter the professional design industry. Students will create a database of prospective employers in a variety of design-related fields for a self-promotional direct-mail campaign. In accordance with the observed individual needs, students will complete a grand-scale senior thesis project. The emphasis of the senior thesis is for the student to challenge their design and problem-solving skills while developing final portfolio pieces.

Senior Portfolio 2

Course ID: GD419
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD418
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course continues to prepare students to enter the professional design industry. Students will create a database of prospective employers in a variety of design-related fields for a self-promotional direct-mail campaign. In accordance with the observed individual needs, students will complete a grand-scale senior thesis project. The emphasis of the senior thesis is for the student to challenge their design and problem-solving skills while developing final portfolio pieces.