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Communication Design

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Credit Hours (CH)

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Program/Plan Number

0165

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Prerequisites

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Program General Requirements

15 CH

Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.  

One of the following courses must fulfill the Human Diversity requirement: 

Fine Arts & Humanities course (3 CH) 

Social & Behavioral Sciences course (3 CH) 

 

Math 118 OR higher (3-4 CH)

English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or RTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Fine Arts
FIN ART 107
History of Architecture, Painting & Sculpture I 3
Survey of art from pre-history through the 17th century. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, the course
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
This course is designed to fulfill general education requirements. It is not designed as a prerequisite for any other college mathematics course. This course focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving of real-life problems. Three or four topics are to be studied in depth, with at least three chosen from the following list: counting techniques and probability, game theory, geometry, graph theory, linear programming, logic and set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, and statistics. Applications involving problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the course. Technology is an integral part of this course. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:A minimum grade of ‘C’ in one of the following courses: Math 90 or Math 99 or Math 100; or a minimum grade of C in Math 98 AND concurrent or successful completion of Math 018; or appropriate score on Placement Test; or Consent of Department Chair.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

39 CH
Art
ART 144-1
Two Dimensional Design 3
A studio course exploring the fundamentals of the formal systems and basic elements of visual organization through two-dimensional design principles and theories using a variety of media. Fundamental design and experimentation in relationship s of line, shape, textures, and color. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Communication Design
COM DSGN 101
Introduction to Communication Design 3
Introduction to the communication design industry through the application of industry-standard software and essential skills, concepts, and design techniques. Digital image editing, illustration, page layout and the processes in each will be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 102
Website Design I 3
Basic procedures in preparing website design and production; includes web code techniques, color theory, typography and composing style sheets and photo layout. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 104
Digital Photography 3
Basic study of the industry and practice of photography using the digital camera. Topics include basic camera operations and techniques, portraits, lighting, and post-production techniques such as editing and retouching. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 132
Publication Design 3
A study of digital publication design and digital prepress production with emphasis on planning and problem-solving in layout and desktop, desktop publishing, digital imaging, proofing and digital print work. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated six credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or higher in Communication Design 101 or consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 150
Graphic Design I 3
An introductory course on the foundations, principles and elements of graphic design. Students will utilize industry-standard professional graphics software to explore various concepts in visual communication for both print and electronic media. Industry terminology and practices will be presented with an emphasis on problem-solving and the design process. Students will apply the theories of graphic design to produce various deliverables such as corporate identity, advertising and brochures. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Communication Design 101 and Art 144 or consent of the Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 202
Website Design II 3
Focus on website design and production; Includes web code techniques, color theory, typography and composing style sheets and photo layout. Explores animation on the web using current web publishing software applications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or higher in Communication Design 102 or consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 212
Motion Graphics I 3
Basic study of animation using industry-standard vector software to create motion, including animated shorts, information graphics, and multimedia presentations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or higher in Communication Design 101 or consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 213
Motion Graphics II 3
This course is a continuation of the study of motion graphics with an interest in commercial applications using industry-standard software. Topics include motion graphics principles, design and composition, timing, storyboarding and planning, visual storytelling, sound and music development, and synchronization. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Communication Design 212 or consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 224
Digital Typography 3
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the computer hardware and software application used in the visual communication industry. Emphasis on the study of typography font design, specification, effects and copy fitting. Also, a study of the historical developments of typography from ancient to modern times will be studied. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated six credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Communication Design 101 and Art 144 or consent of the Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 250
Graphic Design II 3
An intermediate course on the principles and elements of graphic design with a focus on three- dimensional design such as packaging and environmental design such as merchandising displays and signage. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of brand development and target marketing for the retail environment. Students will utilize industry-standard professional graphics software to explore appropriate concepts in visual communication. Industry terminology and practices will be presented with an emphasis on problem-solving and the design process. Students will apply the theories of graphic design to produce various deliverables such as packaging, point-of-purchase displays, signage and other 3-dimensional designs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Communication Design 150 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
COM DSGN 298
Design Studio 3
This capstone class prepares students for the visual communications industry, including the study of design and the design business: sales, marketing, strategic planning, production, estimating, services, studio layouts, staff positions, management and proposal writing. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of the Communication Design curriculum or Consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Kennedy-King
Media Communication
MEDIACM 240
Minicam & Videotape Editing 3
Evaluate, set-up, light, mike, and properly record in a single-camera remote environment for desired production results. Learn to log and electronically computer edit recorded footage into professional programs and program segments. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

3 CH
​Students should select a minimum of 3 credit hours from th following recommeded courses or others as suggested by a College Advsor:
Art
ART 131-2
General Drawing 3
Still-life, landscape and human figure; experimentation with various media. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
ART 132
Advanced General Drawing 3
This course builds on and refines the experiences of general drawing focusing on a variety of color media. Emphasis is on invention and formal concerns. Explorations into abstraction, non-objective, and fabricated image making are covered in this class. Course includes vocabulary development, critical analysis activities, and reference to historic models of drawing. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in ART 131.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Digital Multimedia
DMD 115
Digital Audio 3
This is a studio course in which the primary orientation is the development of the student's portfolio. The course will investigate and develop soundtracks for video, film and multimedia. Students will develop soundtracks using digitized sounds, traditional foley effects, general midi music and dubbed effects, with the primary emphasis on the creation of a video and multimedia soundtrack. The use of professional sound and editing techniques will be emphasized. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in English 101.
Offered at: Harold Washington Kennedy-King
Fine Arts
FIN ART 108
Hist Of Arch Paint Sculp II 3
Survey of art from the 18th century to the present. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Media Communication
MEDIACM 250
Mini-Cam & Video Editing II 3
As a direct continuation of Media Communications 240, this class provides instruction in advanced video camera recording and digital editing techniques. Students are introduced to multiple industry standard editing software programs, as well as motion graphics. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in MEDIACM 240 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
MEDIACM 271
Intro to Interactive Media 3
A practical introduction to interactive media, otherwise known as the Internet. While in this course, students will become better acquainted with new technologies and methods for creating participatory media, while making it available through nontraditional outlets. Students will develop new ideas for assisting in this tradition, with both the Internet, as well as the traditional broadcast space. Class topics will also cover the technologies that go hand in hand with both the creation and utilization of interactive "new" media. This course will emphasize group projects. Students will be introduced to the unique issues encountered while producing for interactive media, such as streaming, bandwidth, compression, memory allocation, and optimization. Various distribution media will be examined including CD-ROM, DVD, and the Internet. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and Grade of C or better in (MEDIACM 145 and CIS 120), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King

Area of Focus

  CH

Focus Electives

  CH

Required Work-Based Learning Courses

3 CH
Communication Design
COM DSGN 290
Practicum Internship 3
This course is designed to provide the student with further academic support while completing the Visual Communications practicum internship to gain experience in the field. On-the-job strategies, furthering student's design education and training, seminars for career development as well as other topics that are career-related will be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated six credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Completion of the Communication Design curriculum or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
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