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Graphic Design (XGD)
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CSA371 Graphic Design Theory
Focus on using the elements and principles of design to create successful graphic compositions for your clients. Learn and practice a variety of brainstorming techniques intended to jump start a graphic designers thought processes. Through a series of in class exercises students will strengthen their ability to think like a designer and quickly generate design ideas using the simple tools of a pencil and paper. Required materials: Sketchbook, pencil, and colored pencils. Prerequisite: Principles of Design.
CSL122 How to Manage Conflict in the Organization
Conflict can destroy productivity and performance. Learn the practical knowledge, proven techniques, and psychological insights you need to resolve conflicts successfully. Respond quickly and effectively to issues as they arise, turn conflicts into constructive forces for improving your performance, and understand the fundamental processes and factors that cause and perpetuate conflicts. Textbook included.
CSL132 Take Control - Time Management
Learn proven time management strategies for increasing your productivity and efficiency. Discover how to use effective systems for setting and achieving your goals and reducing on-the-job stress. Applying the tools and techniques outlined here, you will be prepared to meet your contemporary time challenges and balance the demands of work and personal life. Textbook included
CSM280 Principles of Design
Line, shape, texture and negative space are only a few of the building blocks in the world of design. Strengthen your visual skills with hands on exercises in a constructive, friendly environment. Learn how to use the various elements of design (line, shape, texture etc.) along with how to apply the basic principles of design (balance, contrast, rhythm etc.) in order to create well designed works of art, graphic compositions, web designs, interior spaces, or exterior landscapes. Open to beginners and more experienced students in any visual field.
CSP034 Professional Practice for Graphic Designers
CSP265 Adobe Illustrator: Level 1
Geared to both artists and non-artists who wish to create a variety of high quality graphics. Course covers the program's terms, menus, tools, palettes, objects, and type. Explore keyboard shortcuts and the pen tool, Illustrator's most powerful tool. Learn to manipulate type to create artwork, manage color, make gradients, and create new illustrations. FLASH DRIVE REQUIRED. Students must activate their Campus Pipeline Account prior to first class.
CSP270 Adobe Photoshop: Level 1
Designed to familiarize you with the software that has become the industry standard in digital imaging. Learn both basic and more advanced techniques, including computer imaging, scanning, memory management, and imaging basics for the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the PC or Macintosh. FLASH DRIVE REQUIRED. Students must activate their Campus Pipeline Account prior to first class.
CSP421 Adobe Illustrator: Level 2
Explore more advanced drawing and production strategies. Learn how to use the blend and gradient mesh tools, create original patterns, brushes, cross hatching effects, and save action sets. Emphasis will be on keyboard shortcuts for production speed and on the pen tool. Prerequisite: Completion of Adobe Illustrator 1 or equivalent experience. FLASH DRIVE REQUIRED. Students must activate their Campus Pipeline Account prior to first class.
CSP422 Adobe Photoshop: Level 2
Explore the full power of Photoshop as a graphic design production tool. This course is a continuation of Photoshop Level 1. Prerequisite: Completion of Adobe Photoshop 1 or equivalent experience. FLASH DRIVE REQUIRED. Students must activate their Campus Pipeline Account prior to first class.
CSP497 Adobe InDesign: Level 1
Learn the page-layout software most widely used in the graphic design and publishing industry. From basic commands and features of InDesign to creating various documents and the basic typographic design and page layout principles. These skills will enable you to quickly and effectively produce attractive documents. FLASH DRIVE REQUIRED. Students must activate their Campus Pipeline Account prior to first class.
CSP499 Adobe InDesign: Level 2
A continuation of InDesign: Level 1. Class will review InDesign basics and then focus on advanced techniques such as: tables, tabs, transparency, creating indices, pathfinder, nested and object styles, link swatches, and more. The focus will be on real-world examples of InDesign usage. Flash drive required.

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