133 curriculum hours
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
SPC101 - SPEECH
This course teaches the art of public speaking. Students will learn how to work with clients; how to speak to clients; how to present ideas to clients and how to convince clients.
PL103 - PHILOSOPHY
This course examines some of the seminal issues and important thinkers in the philosophical tradition. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion, and will focus on questions from four main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics.
PS108 - PSYCHOLOGY
This course surveys a broad field of study from brain biology to abnormal, motivational and developmental psychology. A study of the thinking and research behind various fields of psychology will lead to a discussion of how each field applies to human events in the everyday lives of people. An examination of how psychology also applies to advertising, graphic arts, illustration and photography will also be made.
MTH300 - CONTEMPORARY MATH
Students will examine common uses of mathematics in everyday life.
AH212 - ART HISTORY/APPRECIATION
This course provides a broad coverage of art history from prehistoric cave painting through modern times. Students are taught art appreciation, art history, terminology, artists, art styles and the characteristics that distinguish individual artists and their styles.
HWC301 - HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
This course presents students with a survey of Western Civilization, from the ancient world to contemporary culture through discussion and appreciation of historical works.
ES300 - EARTH SCIENCES: THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT
This course was established, in part, because of the potent influence of science on society. Therefore, a major objective of this course is to help develop an understanding of the nature of science, including its philosophical basis, power and limitations.
LIT211 - LITERATURE
In this course, students trace the relationship between culture and art at various stages in literature, especially English-language literature. The course focuses on theme, point of view and voice, symbolism, imagery, figures of speech, forms, plot structure and irony – and students will focus on the ability to analyze these aspects of a work, and to articulate how and why various authors do what they do.
EN270 - ENGLISH
This English class will include intensive grammar review as well as writing assignments to complete a portfolio. Illustrations are encouraged to enhance the writing and the portfolio (these will add points to the grade).
SS104 - SUCCESS STRATEGIES
Success Strategies is a course in goal setting, techniques of note and test taking, problem solving skills, time management and critical thinking skill development to help improve learning skills.
Courses of Major:
DC 102 - DESIGN COMPOSITION
Students are introduced to the principles of design balance, repetition of shape, positive and negative space, focal point, the illusion of depth and motion.
BD101 - BASIC DRAWING
This fundamental course introduces the beginning art student to the principles of drawing. Students will produce works of art using a variety of drawing techniques.
CT105 - COLOR THEORY
Students explore different styles and techniques of traditional painting used by many contemporary professional illustrators. An emphasis on concept through final art will be expected on each assignment with an adherence to approved concepts and color compositions.
AI140 - ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
This course will teaches the Adobe Illustrator program, an industry-standard for vector-based design in graphic arts. Printing, color and design will be integrated for completion of various projects.
APS142 - ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard, image-manipulation program, used mainly to modify and work with photographs. After completing this course, students will be able to use the computer to retouch a photograph, remove flaws within a photo and make color separations of a photograph.
PL160 - PAGE LAYOUT
In this course, students will learn how to implement InDesign, the industry-standard program for page layout artists, into the daily workflow of your design career. They will also break down actual ad and layout designs from magazines, newspapers and iPad Apps to discuss how they work and can be built within InDesign.
GD115 - GRAPHIC DESIGN I
The introduction of the creative process will be explored as students learn the importance of creative development when exploring the theory of aesthetics and design concepts as it applies to graphics. There is an emphasis in the commercial application of designing corporate graphics such as logos and symbol designs.
TY110 - TYPOGRAPHY
Students will study the history of lettering from ancient symbols to today’s digital technology as well as various styles of type used throughout history.
WD285 - WEB DESIGN
Dreamweaver lets users create dynamic interactive content for the Internet. In this course, students will learn the basics for creating web sites using Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. Students will create their own online portfolio.
GD220 - GRAPHIC DESIGN II
A continuation of Graphic Design I, Graphic Design II concerns the creative process. The course focuses on how people see and arrange visual information into a meaningful whole.
PA240 - PRODUCTION ART I
Student will learn a series of steps for creating a printed product, from the conception and execution of a design through editing and production of the finished product.
PA250 - PRODUCTION ART II
The will have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of digital layout techniques for tablet devices and online publishing after taking this course. With the understanding of print production gained in Production Art I, students will have knowledge of pre-production and digital publishing solutions using software tools designed to develop interactive interfaces. Understanding the production process and communication between art director and production artist will be the focus of this study.
ID280 - INTERACTIVE DESIGN I
The need to manipulate and customize Internet content dynamically for each user is no longer an amenity; it’s a necessity. Currently, Interactive Design is in state of rapid maturation, and learning both design technologies serves as the best way to pace with the industry’s evolving current, without being left behind. By the end of the semester, students will build their own animations, games, web applications, advertisements and other interactive content for multiple platforms and devices through use of HTML and Flash.
ID290 - INTERACTIVE DESIGN II
This course will facilitate an intermediate understanding of design principles, creativity and innovation as translated through various web-programming languages. Students who are transitioning from Interactive Design I should be prepared to design in familiar Graphic User Interfaces (GUI), but they will venture further to explore design from a programming context.
MA260 - MOBILE APPLICATIONS
Students will learn the basic skills to develop online web apps and stand alone mobile device apps. They will gain knowledge in basic app language coding and GUI.
WD290 - ADVANCED WEB DESIGN
Do you want to create web sites for companies and/or clients? This course will teach techniques including the utilization of advanced Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Processor (PHP) and Content Management System (CMS) techniques to create interactive and data-driven web applications. By the end of the semester, students will be able to build and manage websites that go beyond the basics and provide clients with a fully-realized, extremely functional website.
MG250 - MOTION GRAPHICS
This class will expose students to software and techniques used in the creation of professional motion graphics. With the demand for motion graphics in all aspects of marketing, communication and content production on the rise, having an understanding of key concepts and methods as well as experience with different software will provide greater flexibility and capability for graphic designers and videographers.
GD230 - GRAPHIC DESIGN III
This course will explore the history of advertising and examine its role and importance in society. Students will learn the basics of marketing and product positioning with a focus on conceptualization, reflection and refinement through the creative process.
SM280 - SOCIAL MEDIA DESIGN
Students taking this course will learn the challenges and limitations of User Interface (UI) design and code development for commonly used online sites like Facebook and Twitter. This unique course will help students gain valuable knowledge of evolving digital media development and user interface design.
SBM 275 - SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Students will learn how to start and operate a small business with emphasis on business leadership and investment, as well as understanding the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a corporation, proprietorship and partnership.
GD240 - GRAPHIC DESIGN IV
This course will examine advanced concepts of developing brand elements with an emphasis on execution and presentation. Students will conceptualize and produce various collateral materials including identity, packaging and web vehicles to promote and sell a brand through intelligent graphic design and learning the importance of, and techniques for, generating and selling design concepts to a client.
TY216 - ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY
Students will delve deeper into the usage of type as a major design element and will appreciate the use of typography as a graphic art solution.
3DM380 - 3D MODELING
This course will introduce students to the world of 3D visualization using Maya. Maya is recognized as an industry standard in various fields like print, game design and animation. This will be the first major step for students in 3D principles because they will learn the interface and how to manoeuvre around the application.
TN425 - 3D TECHNOLOGIES
Throughout this course, students will further develop their understanding of the 3D realm as they expand on the modelling and texturing side of 3D. They will learn advanced techniques to create textures for 3D objects, environments and figures.
GDS350 - GRAPHIC DESIGN SPECIALTY
Students will move through the entire process of brand identity creation, executing both trade and consumer advertising campaigns. Executions include direct marketing, social marketing and utilizing media such as, print, tradeshow booth graphics, online and unique out-of-home possibilities.
PG360 - PACKAGING
This introduction to packaging design will allow students to see the importance of packaging in the marketplace. A gained knowledge of packaging’s role in cultural society as well as brand importance will be addressed. Final pieces will be executed and either photographed or digitally rendered so that each piece is portfolio ready.
MG360 - ADVANCED MOTION GRAPHICS
Students will explore deeper concepts of software and techniques used in the creation of professional motion graphics. Learning more in depth approaches in animation, typography and titling sequences to short film narratives. By utilizing lessons from the first Motion Graphics, this class examines more skilled motion graphic creation and animation.
AD420 - ADVERTISING ART DIRECTION
This intense course will allow the student to experience the leadership responsibilities an art director assumes within an advertising agency environment. The instructor serves as the creative director, buyer or client and the course focuses on the students solving professional advertising solutions in graphic design.
AD490 - ENVIRONMENTAL ART DIRECTION
The course focuses on the students solving professional art direction challenges as it pertains to advertising elements within special environments (e.g. in-store signage, graphic displays, product point-of purchase elements, including kiosks, outdoor building signage , etc.). Students may be required to collaborate with photographers and/or illustrators as needed from the college’s associated degree programs.
WD420 - WEB DESIGN SPECIALTY
By working in a collaborative team environment, this course is designed to enable students to choose an area of web design interest in which they may wish to pursue additional knowledge. The three major areas of web development will be examined: front end (User Interface Design), back end (Production of data-driven Management) and integration (the ability to understand and execute both front end and back end areas of web development).
PCW310 - PRINCIPLES OF COPYWRITING AND EDITING
Students will learn essential skills for professional copywriting and editing by recognizing purpose behind every piece of copy.
IS440 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (optional)
Independent Study courses are individually designed to meet specific needs of students in order to complete degree requirements.
PR450 - PORTFOLIO/RESUME AND CAREER PREPARATION
This intensive capstone course provides students with the technical, conceptual and aesthetic skills to organize and develop an outstanding professional portfolio. Students will build on their comprehensive body of work while at Nossi College of Art to create this professional portfolio. Self-promotional identity themes are developed along with a thorough review of student resumes, cover letters and business cards. Interviewing techniques and job search preparation are also stressed. Portfolios, resumes, business cards and self-promotional materials are showcased at the mandatory Tri-Annual Portfolio Review. Industry professionals and potential employers attend the event.
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