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Visual Media Communications

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

165

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Courses

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Prerequisites

  CH

Program General Requirements

16 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)

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 COMPASS, 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, COMPASS, 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
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. Three or 4 topics are studied in depth, with at least 3 chosen from the following list: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic/set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers are strongly recommended.
Prerequisites:Completion of Math 99 with a C or better, or ALEKS 46+, or COMPASS ALGEBRA 43+ AND College ALGEBRA 1-50, or ACT Math 21+, or SAT Math 500+ if before 3/1/16 (530+ if after 3/1/16), or Consent of department.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

33 CH
Visual Communications
VIS COM 101
Intro to Visual Communications 3
Introduction to the visual communications 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
VIS COM 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
VIS COM 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
VIS COM 110
Digital Production 3
A study of the digital prepress and print production procedures for commercial printing; includes planning and problem solving in layout and design, desktop publishing, digital imaging, proofing and digital print work. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in VIS COM 101, 104, 122 and 224.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 122
Graphic Software 3
This course is designed to familiarize the student with hardware and software used in the visual communication industry. Software includes Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, In design and other computer graphic software used for page layout design. Emphasis on the study and use of computer hardware equipment as: Monitors, keyboards, scanners, printers and digital cameras, etc. 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:
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 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.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in VIS COM 101
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 134
Logo Identity Design 3
Basic study of logo design, branding, and corporate identity. Emphasis is placed on actual creation, design briefs, the research of companies,, concepts, the use of symbols, typography, wordmarks, and imagery, and how each culminate into a unique identity for a business or institution. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in VIS COM 101, 122, AND 224.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 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 better in VIS COM 102, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 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 better in VIS COM 101
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 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 VIS COM 101, Art 144, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
VIS COM 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 Visual Communications curriculum or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

9 CH
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 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
Media Communication
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, or Grade of C or better in English 100 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
Visual Communications
VIS COM 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.
Prerequisites:Completion of the Visual Communications curriculum or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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