Courses

GRA 1012 Introduction to Graphic Communications (replaces GRA 1012 Graphic Communications I)

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 Digital Prepress (3)F;S. (replaces GRA 2102 Electronic Prepress)

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. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the complete production process from computer to press. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. (COMPUTER)

GRA 2222 Introduction to Flexographic Printing and Packaging (3)F;S. (replaces GRA 1222 Introduction to Flexography)

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. (Prerequisites: GRA 1012, GRA 1022, and GRA 2012)

GRA 2012 Introduction to Printing and Finishing (3)F;S. (GRA 2012 replaces Graphic Communications II)

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. Prerequisite: GRA 1012 and GRA 1022.

GRA 3102 Electronic Imaging (3)F;S.

An introduction to the concepts, processes, and hardware which are fundamental in creating, editing, and displaying digital electronic images. To include: image editing, blending modes, compositing, color models and modes, color separation, color profile management, masking, tonal analysis, layer management, file preparation and conversion. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. (COMPUTER)

GRA 3112 Substrates, Inks, and Toners (3)F;S.

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, with 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;S.

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;S.

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 3622 Graphic Communications Seminar (1)F;S.

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. Prerequisite: junior standing. (WRITING)

GRA 3772 Job Estimating and Planning (3)F;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 4112 Technical Assistant

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 Electronic Imaging/Cross Media

This course addresses advanced concepts and practices pertaining to digital electronic imaging. To include: advanced techniques such as color management, image adjustment, scanning, color correction, masking, edge selection, and special effects. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: GRA 3102. (COMPUTER; NUMERICAL DATA) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.) [Dual-listed with GRA 5512.]

GRA 4522 Advanced 3D Imaging and Animation

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.]

GRA 4558 Digital Printing Systems

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. Prerequisite: GRA 3102. [Dual-listed with GRA 5558.]

GRA 4566 Advanced Flexographic Printing and Packaging

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 1222 and GRA 3102. [Dual-listed with GRA 5566.]

GRA 4591 Advanced Printing and Finishing

This course is designed to build on the basics covered in Graphic Communications I, Graphic Communications II, Electronic Prepress, and Electronic Imaging. Students will gain experience in advanced techniques in electronic prepress, halftones, duotones, process color, process stripping and process press work. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: GRA 2012 and GRA 3102. [Dual-listed with GRA 5591.]

GRA 4622 Current Trends in Graphic Communications Seminar

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.]

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