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Graphic Design (GD)

GD 201 Typography (3) A consideration of the word in relation to visual organization and its application to communication.

GD 201

GD 201 Typography (3)

GD 201 is intended to provide the students with practical, formal, and communicative typographic skills. Instruction focuses on the understanding the practical and analytical application of typography in graphic design and its critical evaluation. Emphasis is on developing strong typographic skills in students. Instruction focuses on problem solving and technical training while, at the same time, nurturing intuition and creativity.

The course will help students to:
1. Develop a well-rounded understanding of typography and its relationship to graphic design.
2. Develop skills and techniques applicable to typography.
3. Become familiar with appropriate hardware and software.
4. Continue to refine their conceptual skills.
5. Foster an appreciation of good typography.
6. Develop the work habits and attitudes of design professionals.

1. Work will be evaluated on the relevance of the typography to the design idea, the suitability of the design approach and choice of typography, the effectiveness of the design, and all pertinent functional parameters.
2. Professional attitude and the development of professional work habits will be evaluated. Students are expected to think for themselves, budget their time, meet deadlines, and adhere to production schedules.
3. Attendance is required. In the case of illness or an emergency, students are required to contact the professor just as they would contact an employer. Three unexcused absences will result in the final semester grade being lowered one full letter grade.
4. Neatness, craft and attention to detail will be considered in the final grade.
5. Participation in critiques and quality of the presentation of critical evaluations will part of the evaluation.
6. Visual, verbal and written communication skills will be a part of the evaluation.

The prerequisite for GD 201 is GD 200.

GD 201 will be offered spring semester.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: GD 200

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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