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Kathy Schwandt
Professor, Computer Technology


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COT 151
Title:Introduction to Microsoft Word
Catalog Description: An introduction to Microsoft Word, a word processing software, ruler, toolbars, dialog boxes, cut, copy, and paste, autocorrect, spell check, template documents, columns, outlines, merge, clip art, graphics, text art, and tables. Recommended: COT 101 or 30 words per minute keyboarding skill.
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GRC 101
Title:Introduction to Graphic Communications
Catalog Description: Introduction to systems and technologies involved in the reproduction of art into various media. Graphic communications history, theory, processes, industry makeup, current and future technologies, and job opportunities.
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GRC 103
Title:Introduction to Computer Graphics
Catalog Description: Introduction to the computer as a graphic communications tool using image editing and page layout software. Software literacy, computer graphics terminology, design application, and production are stressed.
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GRC 119
Title:Computer Graphics/Digital Media
Catalog Description: Introduction to the key digital elements of multimedia. Overview of hardware and software, design principles, and management skills needed to develop dynamic, interactive multimedia products. Knowledge of Windows '95 or later operating system is strongly recommended.
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GRC 156
Title:Computer Illustration
Catalog Description: Introduction to visual communication as it relates to commercial art using vector-based software with an emphasis on corporate identity. Covers graphic design methodology, layout, typography, symbols, logos, and logo systems developed from thumbnails through final design.
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GRC 183
Title:Electronic Imaging
Catalog Description: Introduction to digital imagery as a source for creating new images, scanning, and image manipulation. Explores visual communication through technical and conceptual methods. Recommended prerequisite: GRC 103. Also available as ART 243.
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GRC 188
Title:Web Animation and Interactivity I
Catalog Description: Introduction to animations and interactivity for the Web and mobile devices using Flash. Focuses on planning, design, and production. Topics covered include information architecture, navigational systems, tweens, audio, video, ActionScript, object properties, components, conditional actions, and publishing options. Recommended prerequisite: GRC 156.
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GRC 256
Title:Computer Illustration II
Catalog Description: Advanced two-dimensional illustration techniques using vector-based graphics software. Graphic projects are created with elements of design and application of principles of design. Recommended prerequisite: GRC 156.
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GRC 320
Title:Design Methods and Research
Catalog Description: Lecture, readings, and studio projects exploring strategies to promote effective design thinking and analysis. Students will produce context-appropriate design solutions that resolve given design challenges in graphics and media, while increasing their technical fluency in industry-standard software applications.
GRC 350
Title:Design Ideation and Process
Catalog Description: Course investigates a range of approaches and strategies to enrich the conceptual and exploratory phases of the design process. Studio Projects in digital process drawing and concept rendering.
GRC 360
Title:Typography and Letterforms
Catalog Description: The historical context of letterforms and visual languages in type as symbol and image. Exploring typographic form expressing visual concepts and narratives.
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GRC 364
Title:Publication Design
Catalog Description: Course covers topics central to the design of long format publications, including layout and design, typography, production technologies and standards, and instruction in industry-standard software applications.
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GRC 365
Title:Web & Interface Design
Catalog Description: Instruction in the methods and techniques of website design from concept to completion. Course covers site construction in HTML with cascading style sheets (CSS). Course emphasizes organizational design considerations such as information hierarchy, legibility, and accessibility, while maintaining a professional standard in graphic design treatment.
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GRC 455
Title:Motion Graphics
Catalog Description: Explores the expressive potential of motion graphics as a contemporary communication and design medium. Projects and instruction utilizing time-based editing software and emphasizing kinetic composition methods with various visual media and graphic elements.
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