Academic Catalogs

Digital Graphic Arts

Credit Courses

DGA C1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Digital Art and Media  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This overview course is open to all students wanting to learn about the different areas of Digital Art and Media. Introduction to fundamental concepts, practices, and theories of digital art and media. Topics include the integration of traditional design, color, and compositional principles with contemporary digital tools. Demonstrations of digital image capture, image manipulation, illustration, layout, animation, 3D, and emerging technologies. This course is identical to ART C183. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C100

    DGA C1101.5 Units (27 lecture hours)  
    Animation 1  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    This course covers animation basics such as storyboard and character development and creation of animations using basic techniques, including staging, timing, mechanics, and kinetics. Drawing skills, life drawing, storytelling, mechanics of motion, and animation camera techniques are covered. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C110

      DGA C1113 Units (54 lecture hours)  
      3D Animation  
      Advisory: DGA C116A.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      This course teaches foundational animation skills such as 3D modeling, animation, rendering, compositing, visual effects, production, and performance skills. Hands-on training is emphasized using relevant computer software. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C111

        DGA C116A3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
        Adobe Photoshop 1  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        This course will introduce basic tools and techniques to explore the graphic capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. Learn how selection and editing tools are used to manipulate graphics and photographs by duplicating, deleting, replacing, or changing image elements. Create original images and produce multi-layered graphics from existing photographs. Create eye catching display graphics, color correct, and retouch photos. No art background required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C116A

          DGA C116B3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
          Adobe Photoshop 2  
          Advisory: DGA C116A.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          This project-based course will focus on the intermediate tools and techniques that expand the graphic capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. Learn how editing tools and actions are used to enhance images and retouch photographs by compositing, deleting, replacing, or changing image elements with filters, masks, channels, and paths. Create original images and produce multi-layered graphics for print and the web. No art background required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C116B

            DGA C1173 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Typography Fundamentals  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            Typography is the window into the world of visual communication. Explore the history and development of basic letterforms and the ubiquitous nature of type and typography as it relates to mastering the skills necessary to design effective digital assets. Real world applications will be discussed relating to perceptions, intention, readability and usage of typography, while creating successful designs for a professional portfolio. Recommended for Digital Graphic Application majors and certificates. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C117

              DGA C118A3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
              Introduction to Adobe Illustrator  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Learn to master the basics of Adobe Illustrator using appropriate tools or filters for illustrations; applying strokes and color fills; creating and editing paths; using layers, transformation effects, and gradients; working with images; and creating basic object shapes. No artistic background is required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C118A

                DGA C118B3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                Adobe Illustrator 2  
                Advisory: DGA C118A.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This course is primarily designed for students wishing to expand their basic knowledge and enhance their skills using Adobe Illustrator. Topics include Illustrator's effect and appearance features, expanded text techniques, special effects filters, stylized palettes, transformation tools, and preparation of illustrations for the web. Create impressive illustrations utilizing features such as transparency, text, masking, and shadow-and-glow effects. No artistic background is required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C118B

                  DGA C1203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                  Introduction to InDesign  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  This project-based course will introduce the basic tools and techniques to explore the graphic and type capabilities of Adobe InDesign. Learn how to import and edit text; create and manipulate styles, tables, and graphics; and use effects and blend modes to create multi-page documents, such as letterhead, tri-fold brochures, flyers, and booklets for print and the web. No art background required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C120

                    DGA C1213 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                    Introduction to Adobe Premiere  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    This project-based course will introduce the basic tools and techniques to explore the capabilities of Adobe Premiere in storytelling using video. Learn how to import and edit video and audio, create, and apply transitions, effects, and animations to create movies that can be exported in various formats. No art background required. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C121

                      DGA C1223 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                      Introduction to After Effects  

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      This project-based course will introduce fundamental techniques used to integrate text, graphics, sound, video, and 2D/CG animation into video projects. Learn the skills used to create compelling digital effects and motion graphics to enhance storytelling and bring a new dimension to the finished video. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C122

                        DGA C1313 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                        Digital Photography Using Photoshop  
                        Advisory: Student must have access to/own digital camera.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        Use a digital camera with Adobe Photoshop to perform basic image editing techniques to enhance and correct images. Learn basic camera controls, camera support systems, basic lighting techniques, file formats, transfer of files, and saving options. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C131

                          DGA C1353 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                          Digital Media Design Principles  

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          This course prepares students to pursue a career in digital media by introducing principles and elements of visual design, concept development, the creative design process, production, presentation techniques, and storytelling. Topics range from proximity and alignment to contrast, visual hierarchy, value, and balance. Projects are aligned with authentic industry outcomes, resulting in entry-level readiness for professional work or employment. Current industry software will be utilized to produce the required projects. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: DMGR 110 X.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C135

                            DGA C1363 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                            Digital Media Business Basics  

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            this course provides the student with an opportunity to prepare for the workplace. Topics include creating and reviewing a digital portfolio, online digital presence, and running a digital media business. During the course, students will refine a body of design work and publish their portfolio in both print (optional) and web formats. Students will design and develop a business identity, resume, cover letter, and business cards. Students will also learn business basics for running a freelance business. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C136

                              DGA C1403 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                              Beginning Audio Production  

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              This course covers basic theory and practice in the areas of audio recording and production – emphasizing the recording process, sound and hearing, microphone design and application, digital audio technology, multimedia and sound, signal processing, studio design, and sound integration with current digital technologies. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C140

                                DGA C150A3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                Drone Imaging 1  

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                Students will receive instruction in digital imaging, cinematography, colorization and photo editing while participating in hands-on or virtual flight activities to develop, practice, and optimize Unmanned Aircraft System flight and photography skills. Students will learn how to manage and edit photographic imagery captured by drones. High-end photo equipment and drones or drone-simulators will be used. This course is a media management and image editing course for drone operators, which focuses on developing careers in digital media capturing and editing images for a variety of industries across multiple sectors. Some information pertaining to FAA certifications will be discussed; this is not an FAA certification course. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C150A

                                  DGA C150B3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                  Drone Imaging 2  
                                  Advisory: DGA C150A.

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                  Students will receive instruction and participate in hands-on or virtual flight activities to develop, practice, and optimize Unmanned Aircraft System flight to develop skills in advanced aerial photography for use in videography and 3D mapping with drones. High-end photo equipment and drones or drone-simulators will be used. This course is a media management course for drone operators, which focuses on developing careers using drones as tools that capture images for a variety of industries across multiple sectors. This is not a FAA certificate training course, but some information pertaining to the FAA certifications will be discussed. The FAA certification is not part of this course. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C150B

                                    DGA C166A3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                    Dreamweaver Basics  

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                    To be competitive, website developers need to stay current in the newest web technology tools. Learn to use Dreamweaver to produce visually appealing websites with concise editable code while allowing you to use the most advanced features of this web editor, especially responsive design. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C166A

                                      DGA C166C3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                      Adobe Animate  

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                      Design interactive animations with cutting-edge drawing tools and publish them to multiple platforms, including Flash/AIR, HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, or even custom platforms. Allow your creative talent to emerge and reach users on virtually any desktop or mobile device. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C166C

                                        DGA C2003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                        Digital Design for the Web  
                                        Advisory: DGA C166A and C166C and C118A.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                        In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of Web site production and how to design and publish Web sites with an emphasis on the principles of design for web interfaces. Students will design prototypes and learn how user experiences (UX) and user interface (UI) affect Web design. Students will learn basic HTML and CSS for designers necessary to work with developers. Includes creative Web design projects. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing DGA C200