Courses – Graphic Design & Web Development HYBRID

The course methodology for hybrid courses in the Graphic Design & Web Development program is as follows: Students will sign onto Canvas – a learning management system – weekly to view video lectures and guided tutorials, download any corresponding handouts, and view any other external link resources. Students will then work on individual assignments and can use the discussion forums for any questions or for peer tutoring (both informal and formal). The inbox feature can be used for private questions and support from your instructor. Group-based major projects will be completed by students who will work on their individual components and can use the discussion forums for any group questions and for group discussions. Group meetings can be arranged if needed, on an as needed basis, and they can be done online via forums or in person. Check-in days with the instructor will be done by students joining live sessions where they will receive feedback and mentoring on their assignments and on their progress.


BT   Business Technology

DS 1   Design Studio 1

FAD   Foundation of Art and Design

ICG   Introduction to Computer Graphics

IPUB 1  Internet Publishing 1

IVP   Introduction to Video Production

PD 1   Professional Development 1


DILL   Digital Illustration

DS 2  Design Studio 2

ID  Interface Design

IDV  Introduction to Digital

LD 1  Life Drawing 1

VAP 1  Vector Animation Production 1

PD 2   Professional Development 2


DAAM   Design Applications of Art Movements

DS 3  Design Studio 3

GDD ES1   GDD Employability Skills 1

IM  Internet Marketing

MCL   Media Communications & Law

POP 1   Principles of Photography 1

PD 3 – H   Professional Development 3 – Hybrid


CM – H  Career Management – Hybrid

DS 4 – H  Design Studio 4 – Hybrid

DS 5 – H  Design Studio 5 – Hybrid

GDD ES2 – H  GDD Employability Skills 2 – Hybrid

GDD PPW – H  GDD Portfolio Production Workshop – Hybrid

IMG – H  Introduction to Motion Graphics Hybrid

PD 4 – H  Professional Development 4 – Hybrid


CSP – H  Client-Side Programming – Hybrid

SSP – H  Server-Side Programming – Hybrid

WAP – H  Web Application Programming – Hybrid


PLAPI – H  Programming Language: APIs – Hybrid

PLADV – H  Programming Language: Advanced – Hybrid


Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

Career Management – Hybrid (CM – H)

This course is concerned with providing students with the tools to successfully navigate the business world while working as a self-employed artist. The end goal is to guide the student towards a feasible career plan aimed towards their individual needs, and specific goals.

Client-Side Programming (CSP)

Client-Side Programming is a module that will teach students the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, the building blocks of Internet, HTTP, publishing.

Design Applications of Art Movements (DAAM)

This course is designed to inspire students and help apply Adobe Photoshop and other manipulation programs to create designs inspired from key movements. Typical industries in which these skills may be applied include advertising, marketing, graphic design, and publishing.

Design Studio 1 (DS 1)

This course begins with a study of concepts and skills in commercial art and graphic design using industry-standard illustration, digital publishing, and image editing applications. In today’s world, products need an edge to differentiate themselves from other products. This is done through brand identity. Students will learn all aspects of creating a brand experience from concept to application.

Design Studio 2 (DS 2)

From colour correction to effective typography, this design studio course strengthens your graphic design skills and mastery of image creation and editing software. Compositing photos, designing web graphics, brochure and magazine layout, illustrating technical journals and creating ad campaigns are just some of the challenges you’ll meet along the way. Using Photoshop and Illustrator, students will learn how to recreate various advertising techniques of the past and present.

Design Studio 3 (DS 3)

This course is designed to help students apply Adobe Photoshop to situations that may occur throughout their career. Typical industries in which these skills may be applied include advertising, marketing, graphic design, and publishing. Using primarily Adobe Photoshop, students will develop intermediate level skills in photo manipulation and restoration.

Design Studio 4 – Hybrid (DS 4 – H)

Moving from the basics into intermediate level design topics in typography, design for film, theatre and television, PDF file architecture, automated graphic templates, and select topics in colour correction, image compositing, and 3D illustration maps out the main thrust of this course.

Design Studio 5 – Hybrid (DS 5 – H)

ln the Graphic Design industry, understanding the theory behind and the creation of design elements is only part of the design process. Being able to combine design knowledge and skills into a proper work-flow is the key to success. Design Studio 5 takes students through real world scenarios that will show them how to gather pertinent information from customers, apply that information to design elements, communicate design progress to customers and output a final design through various printing methods.

Digital Illustration (DILL)

This entry-level Illustration class introduces you to essential tools for illustration and addresses methods and techniques used in the profession of illustration for advertising, brochures, books and other forms of printed communications. The course concentrates on developing expertise in producing line and black-and-white art with emphasis on design and the creation of art for reproduction. Discussions and projects covering the major markets for illustration include editorial, sports, caricature, medical, product, and concept art.

GDWD Employability Skills 1, 2 – Hybrid (GDWD ES 1, 2 – H)

In today’s marketplace technical skills and talent are not sufficient to find and keep high quality jobs. Employers desire candidates with a high level of employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviors, adaptability, and teamwork skills. Employability Skills 1 and 2 provide a space to explore the realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills (covered in the Professional Development series of courses) can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs such as industry overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses, or special or advanced technical skills, assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments, and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or dept head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects. Please note only GDWD Employability Skills 2 is offered via hybrid-online delivery.

Foundation of Art and Design (FAD)

Foundation of Art and Design explores the evolution of imagery from primitive art through to today’s digital creations, with a focus on 20th century North American and European art and the elemental themes in design, composition, and content. Developing the oral and written skills with which to discuss or critique works of art, FAD enables students to understand the artistic direction demanded by future clients. Topics include colour, composition, balance, perspective, social context, and visual perception.

Interface Design (ID)

Human factors and usability are key in successful website, product and interactive application design. If a user engages a website and has to think about the interaction process then the designer hasn’t done their job. This course focuses on creating good interface design to produce intuitive navigation and usability.

Internet Marketing (IM)

Fundamentals of traditional marketing concepts are discussed and applied to practical exercises and case studies that focus on Internet marketing tactics. This course discusses many topics such as marketing mix, strategic planning, market characteristics, marketing research techniques, market segmentation, target market selection, economics, and business and international marketing. This course will help students create, present and explain a marketing plan. They will be able to employ various online marketing tactics with the goal of being able to successfully market an online business.

Internet Publishing 1 (IPUB 1)

This entry-level course in Internet publishing focuses on the origins of the World Wide Web and creating websites from the designer’s point of view. Using Web design software, students will be able to create basic Web pages and integrate introductory level Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with (X)HTML.

Introduction to Computer Graphics (ICG)

This introductory foundation course provides a solid background in vector and bitmap graphics creation, translation skills, graphic file management, scanning, and format conversion necessary for every field of computer graphics. These applied skills get you underway in a variety of our core computer graphic applications which are used in ever increasing levels of integration throughout the program.

Introduction to Digital Video (IDV)

Participants begin by learning the basic tools and terminology of non-linear editing. At the completion of class assignments students learn to analyze and critique each other’s work, examining individual style. Lectures are designed to introduce editing concepts focusing on developing pacing and storytelling techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of editing and composing. Specific attention is paid to the relationship between the Editor and the Audience. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basics of narrative, aesthetics, and the practical application of the techniques and theories discussed.

Introduction to Motion Graphics – Hybrid (IMG – H)

Introduction to Motion Graphics introduces students to digital video production, non-linear editing, compositing, and visual effects, using affordable desktop technology and software such as Adobe Premier and After Effects. Topics include basic computer graphic manipulation, titling and visual effects techniques, digitizing video and editing in a non-linear video environment.

Introduction to Video Production (IVP)

The ability to produce quality video content is an ever-growing requisite skill for the digital media professional. Students will setup and maintain professional video production equipment, use three-point lighting, manage spatial and temporal continuity, coordinate foreground, background, open, and closed frame shots, as well as setup for internal and external reverses, perspective, and deep staging. Basic blocking notation for camera positions will be applied in basic static setups which use master shot, pan and reveal, static pivot, rack focus, and follow focus. Students will use focal length to compress space, match sizes, and open up space. Upon completion, you will have produced all of the shots necessary for a basic interview and dramatic scene.

Life Drawing 1 (LD 1)

The human form has inspired generations of artists. Drawing from the human model is essential to understanding form, anatomy, gesture, weight, and expression. These weekly life drawing sessions will enable students to render the human form accurately and improve current 2D and 3D skills.

Media Communications & Law (MCL)

Digital media and emerging communication media are blurring many well established boundaries. This course explores the legal ramifications and how key elements are affected such as intellectual property, rights of privacy and publicity, defamation, third party liabilities, domain names, e-commerce, and issues of contract law and digital production.

Graphic Design & Web Development Portfolio Production Workshop – Hybrid (GDWD PPW – H)

Portfolios show the world what you can do. Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at Centre colleges. Portfolios are also one of the most important tools you have for initially getting noticed and landing an interview for a job or contract. This course provides the knowledge and tools required to complete a high-quality academic and professional portfolio in multiple formats and media, e.g. print, Web, DVD, tape, etc.

Principles of Photography 1 (POP 1)

The purpose of this course is to develop a basic understanding of photography principles. Students will become familiar with and understand: Functions of a camera, differences and similarities between film and digital, controlling exposure, composition/angle/framing, focal length, depth of field/focus, and basic colour theory.

Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.


Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).

Programming Language: Advanced (PLADV)

Programming Language: Advanced is a module that teaches students JAVA. Java is a general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented language that is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers “write once, run anywhere” (WORA), meaning that code that runs on one platform does not need to be recompiled to run on another. Java is currently one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications, with a reported 10 million users.

Programming Language: APIs (PLAPI)

Programming Language: Introduction is a module that will show students the fundamentals of programming by using a very easy to understand language called Python. Python is a general-purpose, high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Python claims to combine “remarkable power with very clear syntax and its standard library is large and comprehensive.

Server-Side Programming (SSP)

Server-side programming is a module that will teach students how to set up and run a website in a server environment. From email setup to database design.

Vector Animation Production 1(VAP 1)

Increasingly, vector-based animation is making its way beyond the web and showing up everywhere from television ads to theatrical films and video. This course gives the student grounding in the fundamentals of Flash interactivity and animation. Students also learn some scripting basics to control everything from file loading to simple user interactions.

Web Application Programming (WAP)

Web Application Programming is a module that teaches students how to use JavaScript and AJAX. JavaScript and AJAX give websites the functionality and versatility that all users and employers are looking for.

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