Laguna College of Art and Design

Course Listings

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.

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.

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.

User Interface Design

Course ID: GD229
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: GD223, GD224
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.

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).

Internet Design 1

Course ID: GD231
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces design issues related to the Internet and to hands-on development of HTML web pages that incorporate text and graphics. Emphasis is placed upon practical web-design principles and supporting technologies, including basic use of domain name registration, purchasing web-hosting services, JavaScript, and CSS. The course will include discussions of issues such as HTML hand-coding, usability, marketing, contrasting design philosophies, supplemental software training, and site page development exercises. Course content is designed to prepare students to create and maintain basic web sites and to give a solid foundation for continued web-design study and development. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe ImageReady, and Adobe Illustrator.

Action Sport Video 1

Course ID: GD232
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is designed to expose students to the basics of video production for the purpose of concept and content creation. Students study techniques and methods for reporting, messaging, and storytelling through video. The interactive course teaches students how to develop stories and how to best structure these stories for Action Sport audiences.

Internet Design for Port Dev

Course ID: GD233
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is designed to enable the student to prepare a portfolio for professional employment, internship or display of work. The class will require that you have a body of your work to use in the development and a sense of the industry or audience that you are trying to reach with your site. This class is for the student that needs a portfolio but is not naturally geared towards being proficient with programming and scripting etc. Students will learn to create a website using tools and apps that make the development easier.

Action Sport Business, Brand + Culture

Course ID: GD234
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course serves as an exploration and introduction of the history and culture of action sports. The course provides an overview of the key companies, influential athletes, various sports and key concepts that drive the industry culture and brand. Through the use of lectures and guest speakers, students will gain valuable context for design development and industry knowledge. Guest speakers will include corporate leaders, art directors, athletes and action sport designers.

Special Topics

Course ID: GD235
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course allows students to explore or participate in a class that is specifically focused on a special topic or opportunity. Example: Prints and Patterns _ using design skills to understand the development and set up for apparel print and pattern making.

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.

UI/UX for Entertainment

Course ID: GD301
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of UI/UX 1. Students will develop a deeper understanding of user-centered research, process flow, and concept maps. They will create wireframes, prototypes and finished enabled interfaces. The course projects will address the design and development utilized in entertainment product interfaces and the skills needed to work on product development teams.

Color, Materials + Fabrication

Course ID: GD302
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Color Marketing, and the field of Color, Material and Finish design is one of the fastest growing areas of design that is practiced in numerous different industries including apparel, automotive, consumer electronics, aviation, and almost all consumer goods manufactured worldwide. This discipline is used to create more meaning, emotional connection, and aesthetic value to products of all kind. Most professionals who work in the field come from a variety of backgrounds including graphics, branding, illustration, advertising, industrial and product design. The top global brands like Apple, NIKE, MINI, Beats, use color, materials, and finishes to create products that will succeed in the marketplace, and create more added value, and emotional connection to the products. It is one of the main factors in creating the DNA of any successful consumer product brand.

Experiential Design

Course ID: GD303
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is designed to enable the student to prepare a portfolio for professional employment, internship or display of work. The class will require that you have a body of your work to use in the development and a sense of the industry or audience that you are trying to reach with your site. This class is for the student that needs a portfolio but is not naturally geared towards being proficient with programming and scripting etc. Students will learn to create a website using tools and apps that make the development easier.

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.

Action Sport Video 2: On Location

Course ID: GD315
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127, FD129, GD232
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in project planning for location development projects. The course covers the art and science of non-linear production and editing. Students study field-production techniques and methods for developing, reporting, and storytelling through action video. Students learn how working on location, with various elements, impacts the final project and ultimately affect its success. Students are introduced to the production model of editing video for location shooting.

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.

Internet Design 2

Course ID: GD331
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD231
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course continues from the foundation established from Internet Design I, and adds advanced elements of interactivity, integration of time-based media (such as sound, video, and animation), and a higher level of technical sophistication. Emphasis is placed upon user interface design, navigational embellishments, and functionality (creating working form elements). Students will learn through a combination of lectures, software demonstrations, and hands-on development of web sites. Computer applications: Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Illustrator, and other multimedia editing applications.

Brand Development & Marketing

Course ID: GD332
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD001
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Brand Development will address the cornerstone methods and philosophies of branding. Students will create brand campaigns, media, advertising and branded experiences for both hypothetical and real companies. Projects will use cross disciplinary skills.

Graphic Design Honors Lab

Course ID: GD333
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is an upper level elective where a selected group of students focus on in depth projects. The Honors Team environment simulates that of a working design office, school project or firm. Students take the first step into professional application of their talents through working on advanced more complex or multi-faceted projects individually and as a team. Honors lab looks at the business of design as well as the effect of the designer in business. Projects can also include LCAD material etc. Admission is by portfolio application.

Visual Merchandising

Course ID: GD334
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course addresses the skills and logic needed to conceptualize and extend a brand to environmental applications. Bus wraps, events, retail spaces, billboards, buildings and exhibits are all mediums that have become the domain of the designer. This course focuses on projects that will teach the student how to design for these environments.

Digital Videography 2 - Motion & Movies

Course ID: GD350
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD320
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will allow the student to gain a more in-depth focus on creating and developing the skills needed to create more advanced digital videos (30 second ads marketing/promotional videos, and digital shorts, etc.). Students will learn and use Final Cut Pro, HD camera use, lighting techniques as needed. Students will learn the process needed to conceptualize and create final videos. Some use of special effects will be explored as well as the software used to create these effects.

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.

Digital Photography 2

Course ID: GD375
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD275
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course explores 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.

3D-2: Animation for Motion Graphics

Course ID: GD402
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This is an advanced course that explores, through assignments that emphasize narrative and stylistic qualities of dynamic, time-based presentations, computer modeling and concepts and techniques. Computer application: Maya.

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.

Communication Design 2

Course ID: GD413
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD312
Requirement: E
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. Class will include extensive readings and in-depth research, the development and execution of strategic briefs, and both visual and verbal presentations.

Corporate Identity 2

Course ID: GD414
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD311
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course offers continued studies in creating a brand and/or company identity. All major aspects of visual identity are emphasized with the course objective being to develop efficient, coherent, distinguishable, and competitive promotional design solutions based on market analyses. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Package Design 2

Course ID: GD415
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD314
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course continues studies in product and package design and in the development of a brand or a line of products and its packaging. The class focuses on the interpretational, promotional, and functional aspects of three-dimensional package solutions. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

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.

Digital Videography 2

Course ID: GD420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD320
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is for students that have completed Digital Video 1 and want to continue advancing their skills. This class builds upon the knowledge and experience gained from previous projects and allows for more concept development, refined camera work, and with personalized topics related to storytelling, informing an audience, or creating persuasive presentations.

Motion Graphics + Visual Effects 2

Course ID: GD421
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD411
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course builds the on students existing experience and knowledge from Motion Graphics + Visual Effects. Students in this course focus on producing a motion graphics reel to display their work. Students function independently to create several professional level motion graphic animations to supplement the work they have already produced. This course offers more creative freedom so students can explore their own style inside of motion graphics. At the end of the course students will have a reel that will showcase their abilities. This course focuses on Adobe Creative Cloud, After Effects, C4D, Audition, Premiere and Media Encoder.

Action Sport Industry 2

Course ID: GD451
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD351
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides the next level of development for the student looking to enter the action sport industry. This class partners with industry to create a more in depth knowledge of the business, terminology, methods and creativity needed. Students will use their knowledge of media, layout and 3D to create complete individual clothing lines or action sport related product.

Prints + Patterns

Course ID: GD452
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course teaches students how to make production ready prints and patterns for apparel or other uses.

Advanced Studies: Typography

Course ID: GD490
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This is an advanced course that allows students to focus on type and information design. Students will work closely with the course instructor and will hone individual design skills.

Advanced Studies: Graphic Design

Course ID: GD491
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This is an advanced course that allows students to focus on developing individual design projects. Students will work closely with the course instructor on the development of communication materials.

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