Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
AAD 104 - Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D

3 Credits

A course which will introduce the student to basic graphic skills. Emphasis will be placed on applying the elements and principles of two-dimensional design to specific graphic design tasks in order to build visual literacy skills. Emphasis will be placed on both computer and hand skills used in the production of graphic art work. - Course takes place within a Macintosh environment utilizing Adobe software. - Students will be required to purchase art supplies and materials. - Students may be required to print at a local service bureau. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Produce representative examples of conceptually blended design principles and elements.
2. Demonstrate basic manual skills required of graphic artists.
3. Complete one or more tasks associated with the development of basic intellectual skills such as; research, experimentation, conceptual blending, and/or metaphorical and/or analogous expression.
4. Evaluate performance through peer or self critiquing.
5. Engage in the creative process related to visual problem solving.
6. Build a portfolio representative of applied design principles and elements.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 105 - Typography

3 Credits

A comprehensive exploration and application of typography in graphic design. Students will study the design and use of typography from historical to contemporary perspectives, explore the relationship between type and image in visual communications, and create projects using typography as a major element of the design. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a humanities elective. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Expand learned techniques for producing visual communications with type and images. Measurable by the quantity and quality of work within the portfolio.
2. Develop skills and proficiencies while utilizing contemporary hardware, software and peripheral devices. Measurable by notable improvement of hand, eye and mind coordination, over time.
3. Use design and technical terminology clearly. Measurable through vocabulary testing

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 107 - A History of Graphic Design

3 Credits

This course surveys the pivotal events and achievements that led to the current state of graphic design. The unceasing quest to give form to ideas is traced from the pictographs painted on cave walls to the latest imaginative designs. Through lectures, videotapes, discussions, research and studio projects, students are introduced to the creative thinkers, important innovations and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication. This course will include discussion of the social, political and economic factors that have influenced art and design through the ages. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a social science elective. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate understanding of the graphic design profession through a historical review of social, political and economic conditions which have impacted accomplishments within the field.
2. Demonstrate understanding of various cultural influences that have affected design and how these particular influences have altered the field of design.
3. Articulate the influence of culture and economics on graphic design.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 108 - Ideation: Illustration and Design

3 Credits

This course involves investigation into the basic technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of illustration and design. The philosophy of the course is that innovation is a skill that is both visual and experiential, which, through practice, evokes insights, associations and resonances. The course teaches basic ideation skills—how to see, think and respond through observing, experiencing, drawing and designing to solve a variety of visual problems. This is a studio-based subject involving intensive, practical, hands-on exercises taught simultaneously with visual theory. The course seeks to expand each student's visual vocabulary, aesthetic consciousness and creative thought. - Course takes place within a Macintosh environment utilizing Adobe software. - Students will be required to purchase art supplies and materials. - Students may be required to print at a local service bureau. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate use of visual vocabulary, aesthetic consciousness and creative thought by observing, experiencing, drawing and designing to solve a variety of visual problems.
2. Demonstrate the basic technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills of illustration and design through intensive, practical, hands-on exercises taught simultaneously with visual theory.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 112 - Graphic Design 1

3 Credits

This course explores the various aspects of graphic communication and will cover concepts, typography, layout and general graphic techniques. Course materials are designed to advance an understanding of design tools and design principles, artisanship and conceptual skills through the exploration of visual elements, order, concept and language. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: COM 104/AAD104 and COM 105/AAD 105, or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply traditional and digital processes (production) in the fields of visual design and communication. Measurable by the quantity of pre-production work; sketches, reading reports and observation notes.
2. Develop skills and proficiencies while utilizing contemporary hardware, software and peripheral devices. Measurable by notable improvement of hand, eye and mind coordination, over time.
3. Keep a record (a portfolio) of the work produced through each phase of production. Measurable by the quantity and quality of work within the portfolio.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 160 - Graphic Illustration: Vector Drawing

3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the benefits, complexities and application of vector illustration and design (using Bezier curves) within a creative explorative environment. Learning to integrate traditional and digital image making techniques, students will be introduced to various methods of visual problem solving. The skills and ideas covered in this course are invaluable to students considering a career or study path in fine art, design, illustration, print media, motion graphics, animation or other media related arts. - Course takes place within a Macintosh environment utilizing Adobe software. - Students will be required to purchase art supplies and materials. - Students may be required to print at a local service bureau. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Prerequisite: COM 104/AAD 104 or IDE 160 or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply creative, traditional and digital processes that are utilized in the fields of visual design and illustration.
2. Demonstrate development of design and illustration skills/proficiencies while integrating traditional tools and materials with contemporary digital hardware, software and peripheral devices.
3. Create a visual record of process, a portfolio of visual work, developed throughout each phase of graphic or illustrative production.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 167 - Web Design: Graphics

3 Credits

A Graphic Design course that provides instruction in various processes that involves the planning for, and designing of Internet-based information publishing. Introduces students to the theoretical principles of visual language and also affords the practical opportunity to apply the principles using modern Internet publishing tools. Topics include; image design and preparation, typography, viewer expectations, precedence (guiding the eye), navigation, usability and accessibility practices, and some techniques for the evaluation of web design. - Course takes place within a Macintosh environment utilizing Adobe software. - Students will be required to purchase art supplies and materials. - Students may be required to print at a local service bureau. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: AAD 160, AAD 104 and AAD 105, or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Design Internet-based information publishing.
2. Apply design principles using modern Internet publishing tools.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 205 - Graphic Design 2

3 Credits

This course explores the creative display, organization and communication of ideas and information through word and image. The design principles covered in these courses apply to all presentation media; print, computer, film/video, exhibit and environmental graphics. Course projects will require typographic skills and an ability to communicate with pictorial information. Three class hours,

Prerequisite: COM 112/AAD 112

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Apply traditional processes in the fields of visual design and communication.
2.Apply digital production in the fields of visual design and communication.
3.Demonstrate skills and proficiencies while utilizing contemporary hardware, software or peripheral devices.
4.Compile a portfolio of the work produced through each phase of production.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 220 - Professional Practices

3 Credits

This course will review, through practice, the application of professional trade customs associated with the visual arts. The experience is intended to give students an understanding of production procedures and business practices relevant to creative professionals. Students will learn the basics of managing creative practices such as design and/or illustrative work from initial client contact to project completion. Production issues related to the various applied arts will be studied—types of businesses, methods of finding work, examining costs, common pitfalls, writing contracts, managing design/illustration/creative jobs, and preparing digital work for production. Working with other creative artists, and copyright law, as it applies to visual arts, will also be studied. - Course takes place within a Macintosh environment utilizing Adobe software. - Students will be required to purchase art supplies and materials. - Students will be required to print at a local service bureau. Three class hours.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 104 and AAD 105.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Research potential clients and discuss the importance of marketing and self promotion for the independent visual artist or producer.
2. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of different business types appropriate for self-employed visual artists or producers.
3. Describe the composition of your business team including the function and importance of each member.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 256 - Motion Graphics

3 Credits

Introduction to time based graphic design. Students will be exposed to both traditional and experimental methods of producing short motion sequences. Through a series of exercises and assignments, conceptual problem solving and the design of motion graphics will be emphasized. In addition to producing short motion sequences students will also view and discuss various commercial and independent works. Students must be able to practice good organizational and planning skills. Experience in design, photo imaging and vector graphics is a plus, but not necessary. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: AAD 105 Typography or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Produce animated sequences applying kinesthetic awareness.
2. Demonstrate animation principles.
3. Analyze existing motion sequences.
4. Evaluate performance through peer or self critiquing.
5. Build a portfolio/reel representative of designed animation principles.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 260 - Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics

3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the benefits, complexities and application of raster graphics, illustration and design within a creative explorative environment. The curriculum emphasizes both craft and visual problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the development of the student’s ability to apply creative thinking and contemporary techniques in creating meaningful and effective photographic illustrations and design. Course projects will emphasize use of computers, digital cameras and scanners. - Course takes place within a Macintosh environment utilizing Adobe software. - Students will be required to purchase art supplies and materials. - Students may be required to print at a local service bureau. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate innovation and creativity through the production of self-generated digital images.
2. Demonstrate understanding of how digital technology has impacted photographic and illustrative practices through independent research, practice and presentation of digital images.
3. Apply a comprehensive understanding of imaging techniques and methodologies through the generation and development of digital images.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

AAD 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall only

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