Courses

GRA 1012. Introduction to Graphic Communications (3).F;S.

This course is a study of contemporary production practices of the graphic communications industry, examining the basics of digital imaging, page layout assembly, and workflow technologies such as computer-to-plate, print media, and finishing. The application of project based assignments and the study of materials, equipment, health and safety, concepts of text/image input, conversion, and output that are practiced in the graphic communications industry are included as topics. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.

GRA 1022. Electronic Document Design I (3).F;S.

This course is an introduction to digital production workflow applications relevant to the graphic communications industry. Specific topics may include production hardware, page layout and imposition, illustration and image processing software, input and output devices, digital file storage and asset management, and proofing technologies. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. (COMPUTER)

GRA 1520. Foundations of Packaging Production (3).F;S.

This course is an introduction to packaging production covering materials, processes, and technology used in package development. Specific topics may include package structure layout and design, materials and manufacturing, printing processes, and converting/finishing processes for packaging. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the complete production process from design to finished package. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.

GRA 2012. Introduction to Printing and Finishing (3).F;S.

This course is a continuation of GRA 1012, Introduction to Graphic Communications. Emphasis will be placed on theory and problem solving as well as broadening skills in the areas of print media, finishing technologies and production management. Further experiential learning of materials, equipment, production workflow techniques, concepts of text/image input and output devices, finishing processes, and quality control as practiced in the graphic communications industry are included in the design of this study. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: GRA 1012 and GRA 1022.

GRA 2222. Introduction to Packaging Production (3).S.

This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of the flexographic printing and packaging industries. Students will become familiar with the basic flexographic workflow process involving the application of specific conventions acceptable to the flexographic industry. Emphasis is placed on the packaging workflow process; including prepress (design concepts and layouts, development of design files, preflighting, making and mounting plates), press setup, print production, and package conversion. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 2012.

GRA 2522. Electronic Document Design II (3).F;S.

This course is a continuation of GRA 1022 as a study of page layout software technology specific to the graphic communications industry. Project-based assignments using Adobe Creative Cloud tools to address workflow requirements are examined through the production of electronic documents such as booklets, brochures, posters and newsletters. Other topics include image editing for page layouts, digital imposition, color models and modes, desktop color separation preparation, color profile management, masking, image tonal analysis, file preparation and conversions. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 1022.

GRA 3102. Cross Media Production (3).F;S.

This course is a study of new technologies applicable in the production of digital content for print production or access from the World Wide Web. The study of Adobe Creative Cloud products in the application of project based assignments, including the study of materials, equipment, health and safety, concepts of text/image input, conversion and output devices that are practiced in the graphic communications industry. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 2522.

GRA 3112. Substrates, Inks, and Toner (3).F.

This course is designed to introduce students to substrates and inks used in printing and packaging production. Topics will include introduction to features and characteristics, manufacturing processes, printing and packaging production performance and quality control and color management solutions for substrates and inks used for producing printing and packaging products. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 2012.

GRA 3312. 3D Imaging and Animation (3).F.

This course provides an introduction to 3D digital imaging for specific applications. Industry standard computer software will be used to explore fundamentals of modeling and texturing. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.

GRA 3512. Web Development for Graphic Communications (3).F.

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop basic web sites, manipulate images for web delivery. Additionally, students will create intermediate and advanced web sites that utilize complex interactivity. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.

GRA 3518. Sustainability for Print Production (3).F.

This course investigates print manufacturing practices, and the steps required to 1) implement manufacturing standards that address environmental, health and safety certification: 2) development and implementation of sustainable management systems (SMS); 3) best practices management within the printing industry, and 4) all the foregoing within the 3P model of planet, people and profit. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 2012.

GRA 3622. Graphic Communications Seminar (1).F;S.

GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)

This course involves the development of the mechanics of being a professional in the graphic arts industry. Specific topics include resumes, cover letters, interviewing, presentation techniques and report writing. Prerequisites: ENG 2001 or its equivalent and junior standing. (WRITING)

GRA 3772. Job Estimating and Planning (3).S.

The study of systems and techniques used for identification of printing production standards, cost estimating, production scheduling, production planning, material flow, teamwork, problem-solving techniques, and management’s role in creating quality environments. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: GRA 3112.

GRA 3882. Intermediate Packaging Production (3).F.

This course presents intermediate-level concepts of flexographic technologies and technical processes applicable to the flexographic industry. Students enrolled in this course will learn design techniques specific to flexography, printing calculations, job assembly, proofing, print evaluation, and multiple spot color techniques. This will be achieved through project-based assignments that allow students to select anilox roll, substrates, inks, dies, and other printing materials. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 2222.

GRA 3900. Graphic Communications Internship I (3-6).On Demand.

Field experience with commercial print, in-plant or digital media companies producing products from processes such as animation, digital printing, cross media publishing, prepress, flexography, gravure, offset lithography, screen printing, packaging, web page development, or finishing and fulfillment is integral to career preparation for the graphic communications industry. Prerequisite: 16 hours of coursework in the major must be completed. Graded on an S/U basis.

GRA 4112. Technical Assistant (1).F;S.

A supervised, meaningful, planned and evaluated laboratory assistant experience. Students enrolled in this course will act as instructional aides within various graphic arts and imaging technology courses. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

GRA 4512. Advanced Cross Media Production (3).S.

This course is an advanced treatment of studies begun in the GRA 3102 course, and incorporates new technologies applicable in the production of digital content for print production, the World Wide Web, mobile device platforms and other applicable new forms of graphic communication. Students will learn and be required to demonstrate ability to apply electronic document designs across a variety of graphic communication platforms. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 3102 (NUMERICAL DATA; COMPUTER designator) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010) [Dual-listed with GRA 5512.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

GRA 4522. Advanced 3D Imaging and Animation (3).S.

This course focuses on using advanced texturing techniques, complex shading networks, inverse kinematics and forward kinematics to develop realistic 3D images and animation. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 3312. [Dual-listed with GRA 5522.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

GRA 4524. Advanced Web Development for Graphic Communications (3).S.

This course is a continuation of GRA 3512, Web Development for Graphic Communications. Emphasis will be placed on creating multimedia Web pages, interactive Web forms, and mobile Web sites. This course will also integrate several different programs allowing students to create effective and attractive websites. By the end of this course, students should be able to design advanced web sites that utilize complex interactivity. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 3512.

GRA 4558. Digital Printing Systems (3).F;S.

This course allows students the opportunity to explore digital printing applications such as short-run color and variable data printing. Students will study digital workflows, file preparation, data management, preflighting, digital front-end systems, press operation and routine maintenance. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: GRA 1022 and GRA 2522. [Dual-listed with GRA 5558.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

GRA 4566. Advanced Packaging Production (3).S.

This course addresses advanced concepts and practices pertaining to the flexographic printing process. To include: advanced techniques such as multi-color spot and process color printing, quality control, corrugated board, image distortion, die calculations, and coatings. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: GRA 3112 and GRA 3882. [Dual-listed with GRA 5566.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

GRA 4591. Advanced Printing and Finishing (3).F;S.

This course is designed to build on the basics covered in: Introduction to Graphic Communications, Introduction to Printing and Finishing, Introduction to Flexographic Printing and Packaging, and Electronic Imaging. Students will gain experience in advanced techniques in electronic prepress, halftones, duotones, process color, process stripping, process press work, and process control. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: GRA 2012, GRA 3102, GRA 3112, and GRA 3772 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours. [Dual-listed with GRA 5591.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing.

GRA 4622. Current Trends in Graphic Communications Seminar (1).F;S.

This course is designed to emphasize current trends, technical movements and problems as they relate to the future of the printing industry. Classes will focus on group discussions related to these and other current issues. Students will be required to refer to academic experiences, internship experiences and library skills to participate in discussions. Prerequisite: senior standing. Laboratory two hours. (WRITING; SPEAKING) [Dual-listed with GRA 5622.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

GRA 4722. Package Prototyping Studio (3).S.

This is an advanced portfolio development studio course with emphasis on design projects in packaging and delivering professional oral presentations. Students will build on skills learned in previous courses to design complete packaging projects based on research, creativity, structural design, and prototyping. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 4566.

GRA 4900. Graphic Communications Internship II (1-6).On Demand.

GEN ED: Capstone Experience

A continuation of industry field experience with print or digital graphics media companies such as commercial printing, animation, prepress, flexography, gravure, offset lithography, screen printing, packaging, or finishing and fulfillment. Prerequisite: 30 hours of coursework in the major must be completed. Graded on an S/U basis. (Hours requirement for one credit hour is 160 hours, with 80 hours required for each additional.) May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate. This course satisfies the senior capstone requirement for the BS in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology majors.

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