Dalton State 2013-14 Catalog

Digital Design

Certificate

The Associate of Applied Science degree in digital design prepares graduates for positions that require design solutions in the form of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-generated imagery (CGI), graphic design, and 3D animation.  The certificate in digital design prepares the graduate for work in various areas of visual communication for print, web, and related media.

General Education
ENGL 1100Communication Skills *3
READ 1100Reading Skills *3
MATH 1104Applied Mathematics *3
Major Field Courses
CAPS 1101Introduction to Computers3
DSGN 1120Digital Design for Comm.3
DSGN 1141Graphic Communication **3
DSGN 1143Spatial Problem Solving3
DSGN 1151Vector Graphics **3
DSGN 11533D Modeling and Rendering3
DSGN 1161Architectural Media I3
DSGN 2247Raster Graphics3
DSGN 2255Animation Techniques3
DSGN 2257Mechanical Graphics I3
DSGN 2259Mechanical Graphics II3
DSGN 2263Architectural Media II3
DSGN 2274Digital Design Capstone3
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective 1
Total Hours49

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Students who meet or exceed the required degree-level learning support minimums may choose to take ENGL 1101 for ENGL 1100, ENGL 1102 for READ 1100, and/or MATH 1111 or MATH 1101 for MATH 1104 when recommended by their advisor.

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DSGN 1141 and DSGN 1151 are prerequisites for most other DSGN courses; therefore, it is recommended that students register for these courses the earliest semester they are offered upon enrolling in the program.


Courses

DSGN 1120. Digital Design for Comm.. 1-2-3 Units.

This course provides an in-depth study of the various forms of digital communication for functional and aesthetic designs. This course will introduce students to design principles and techniques for preparing quality digital design media. (Career Course)(F)
Prerequisites: CAPS 1101.

DSGN 1141. Graphic Communication. 2-2-3 Units.

This course emphasizes the study of the graphic language as it pertains to technical drawings and communicating graphically around the world. Concepts and skills include sketching, orthographic projection, sections, dimensioning and pictorial drawings. (Career Course)(F)

DSGN 1143. Spatial Problem Solving. 2-2-3 Units.

This course challenges students with a study of 2D and 3D spatial problem-solving skills. Students will explore points, lines and planes and their interaction with 2D surfaces and 3D spaces using the advanced projection techniques of Descriptive Geometry. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: DSGN 1141 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 1151. Vector Graphics. 2-2-3 Units.

This course introduces concepts and techniques necessary for creating vector graphics in 2D applications. Topics include hardware and software terminology, computer-aided design (CAD), and fundamental printing skills. This course will utilize vector graphics for designing functional and aesthetic graphic solutions. (Career Course)(F, M)

DSGN 1153. 3D Modeling and Rendering. 2-2-3 Units.

This course introduces new digital applications and concepts such as 3D space, 3D tools, solids modeling, and advanced modeling concepts and commands. The student will develop skills in rendering techniques used to create photo-realistic images. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: DSGN 1151 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 1161. Architectural Media I. 2-2-3 Units.

This course will introduce the student to architectural drawing terminology, concepts, and skills necessary to produce a set of construction drawings using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Topics include floor, footing, and foundation plans; interior and exterior elevations; sections and details; window, door, and finish schedules; site plans and specifications. (Career Course)(F)
Prerequisites: DSGN 1141 and DSGN 1151 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 2247. Raster Graphics. 2-1-3 Units.

This course introduces concepts and techniques necessary for creating raster graphics for print or web applications. Topics include terminology, software application, file formats, and fundamental printing skills. This course will utilize raster graphics for designing functional and aesthetic graphic solutions for both print and web formats. (Career Course)(S)

DSGN 2255. Animation Techniques. 2-2-3 Units.

This course builds on the techniques learned in 3D Modeling and Rendering to produce animated media for various applications. This course examines the sequence of workflow production used in mainstream animation technologies. An emphasis on storyboarding will be included in this course. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: DSGN 1153 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 2257. Mechanical Graphics I. 2-2-3 Units.

This course introduces digital concepts and techniques for creating mechanical drawings for the purpose of production and presentation. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: DSGN 1141 and DSGN 1151 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 2259. Mechanical Graphics II. 2-2-3 Units.

This course will expand the knowledge base and skills needed to produce advanced digital parts and assemblies for production and presentation purposes. Advanced topics include parametric constraints, rendering and animation. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: DSGN 2257 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 2263. Architectural Media II. 2-2-3 Units.

This course challenges students with an in-depth study of architectural drawing, modeling, and rendering practices to develop advanced skills in this area of digital design. Plans are designed to meet applicable codes. Topics include floor, footing, and foundation plans; interior and exterior elevations; sections and details; window, door, and finish schedules; site plans and specifications; renderings and walk-thru animations. (Career Course)(F)
Prerequisites: DSGN 1161 with a grade of C or better.

DSGN 2274. Digital Design Capstone. 1-3-3 Units.

This course will serve as the capstone course for students majoring in Digital Design. Students will select an area of concentration in digital design and work with faculty to solve an advanced problem in this area. This course will also require the student to build a portfolio representative of all coursework completed in the Digital Design program. (Career Course)(S)
Prerequisites: This course should be taken during the student's last semester of study and must have permission of the instructor.