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Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

GDSN
Graphic Design



GDSN 223  DESIGN PRINCIPLES

GDSN 224  FORM & CONTENT

GDSN 360  YELLOWSTONE DIGITAL

GDSN 361  TETON DIGITAL

GDSN 366  HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

GDSN 367  IDENTITY SYSTEMS

GDSN 368  ART DIRECTION

GDSN 369  PUBLICATION DESIGN 

GDSN 371  MOTION GRAPHICS  			

GDSN 372  INTERACTION DESIGN 

GDSN 373  GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION 

GDSN 374  DIGITAL VISUALIZATION 

GDSN 375  LETTERPRESS 

GDSN 376  SCREENPRINTING FOR DESIGN 

GDSN 377  DESIGN AND SOCIETY

GDSN 378  GUERRILLA ADVERTISING

GDSN 465  PROFESSIONAL STUDIO

GDSN 491  SPECIAL TOPICS

GDSN 492  INDEPENDENT STUDY

GDSN 498  INTERNSHIP  

GDSN 499  THESIS AND PORTFOLIO


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

GDSN 223 DESIGN PRINCIPLES
F 4 cr. RCT 2 STU 2
PREREQUISITE: Art 110 and Art 111 and Art 112.
-- Introduction to fundamental design principles, basic layout, tools and techniques, and creative thinking.

GDSN 224 FORM & CONTENT
F 4 cr. RCT 2 STU 2
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 223.
-- Further exploration of design principles with increased emphasis on typographic skills and visual communications.

GDSN 360 YELLOWSTONE DIGITAL
Su 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 or ARTZ 211 or MTA 265 or ARCH 261.
-- A field workshop located along the Yellowstone river using either 35mm or a Digital camera to create fine art digital prints. This course is designed for individuals with a working knowledge of photographic basics and a fundamental familiarity with their own equipment that desire to explore the new media of the fine art digital print.

GDSN 361 TETON DIGITAL
Su 3 cr. STU 3
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224, ARTZ 211, or MTA 260, or ARCH 261.
-- An intensive field workshop located in the Jackson, Wyoming area and Grand Teton National Park using a Digital camera to create fine art digital prints. This course is designed for individuals with a working knowledge of photographic basics and a fundamental familiarity with their own equipment that desire to explore the new media of the digital print.

GDSN 366 HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing in graphic design option or permission of instructor.
-- A historical perspective of work created by graphic designers, over the past 125 years, and more particularly following the creative trends/technological breakthroughs/social achievements in Western art and design that have informed modern American design and designers.

GDSN 367 IDENTITY SYSTEMS
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- Research and production of large and small-scale identity programs, focusing on how identity functions in the context of graphic design practice.

GDSN 368 ART DIRECTION
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- The examination of art direction as it relates to the look and feel of contemporary advertising and marketing.

GDSN 369 PUBLICATION DESIGN
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- The research, development, organization, design and presentation of complex print communication documents.

GDSN 371 MOTION GRAPHICS
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- Explores design issues unique to contemporary digital media including organization, narrative, motion and sound.

GDSN 372 INTERACTION DESIGN
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- Explores web design and planning, specifically: wayfinding, navigation, interactivity and content development.

GDSN 373 GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- The investigation of specialized illustration techniques and concepts to create artwork in traditional formats that emphasize realistic modeling, as well as expressive and historical perspectives.

GDSN 374 DIGITAL VISUALIZATION
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- Examining computer based image generation techniques including photography, illustration, 3-D rendering and other digital imaging methods.

GDSN 375 LETTERPRESS
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review or consent of instructor.
-- Utilizing vintage presses and a collection of wood and cast type, to explore uncommon aspects of type and print, including the activities of hand-setting type, preparing proof sheets and specimen sheets, and printing small editions.

GDSN 376 SCREENPRINTING FOR DESIGN
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- Using modern screenprinting technology as a communication medium. Including the preparation of screens, mixing pigments, and printing.

GDSN 377 DESIGN AND SOCIETY
F,S,Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 and passing portfolio review.
-- The examination of the role of designers with local/national/global communities through a series of practical projects.

GDSN 378 GUERRILLA ADVERTISING
Su 5 cr. STU 5
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 224 or consent of instructor. Photo and marketing majors are highly encouraged.
-- Students stretch the boundaries of traditional advertising solutions by placing their work in unusual contexts for maximum impact. The workshop-like atmosphere involves quick-fire problem solving sessions, working outdoors, guest critiques and socially-driven solutions. Graphic Design, Film & Photography, and Marketing majors are particularly encouraged to apply.

GDSN 465 PROFESSIONAL STUDIO
F 5 cr. RCT 2 STU 3 and completion of junior level.
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 223 and GDSN 224.
-- Comprehensive projects dealing with a variety of visual communication applications. Emphasis on high standards of typography and graphic design, computer techniques, and presentation. Laptop computers are required for all upper level graphic design courses.

GDSN 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1-5 cr. Maximum 15 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites are determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

GDSN 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
F,S,Su 1 - 5 cr. IND Maximum 15 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ART 366.
-- Course in which student will work on an individual basis with a faculty member in developing imagery and appropriate techniques in a particular area of graphic design. Written, signed contract required prior to registering for this class.

GDSN 498 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 - 12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of the director.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the graphic design field.

GDSN 499 THESIS AND PORTFOLIO
S 5 cr. RCT 2 STU 3
PREREQUISITE: GDSN 465
-- Senior capstone course. Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, undergraduate research paper or undergraduate thesis exhibition. Graphic design students must take this course in the spring.

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