Madison College Design & Illustration


You can learn more about all Design & Illustration classes and when they are offered by visiting the Graphic Design Curriculum page on the Madison College site.

First Term

Introduction to Computer Graphics

Introductory course in electronic design, illustration, and photo retouch using the Macintosh computer and peripherals. Software applications introduced include raster programs (e.g. Adobe Photoshop), vector programs (e.g. Adobe Illustrator) and page-layout programs (e.g. Adobe InDesign).

Design Fundamentals

Students learn fundamentals of two-dimensional visual organization and problem-solving strategies for advertising layout, publication design, typographic and graphic design, and illustration.

Drawing Fundamentals

An introductory drawing class emphasizing sound craftsmanship and a study of basic freehand drawing skills. Includes the study of perspective, proportion, and light and shade. Also covers the construction of solid forms.

Concept Development

Introduces exercises and processes to foster creativity and the development of unique ideas for graphic design and advertising applications. Emphasis is placed on improving research, brainstorming, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. Working individually, in teams and in groups, students will come up with unexpected solutions to realistic and contemporary industry problems. Visual presentations cover a wide range of levels of finish and incorporate traditional and digital media and rendering techniques.

Second Term

Typographic Design
This course will explore the structure and form of type used in contemporary graphic design, the history of type, development, and terminology. Projects will incorporate both hand rendering and applied computer applications using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
Applied Computer Graphics
The students enhance their knowledge and skill in the use of design, illustration and page layout software through the creation of a variety of design projects. Emphasis on original, strong images and type integration, as well as preparing files for press.

Digital Photography
Provides an introduction to the photographic process through the use of digital cameras to produce images for presentations, the World Wide Web, and electronic publication. Covers basic principles of effective composition, light, exposure and control of motion and focus. Basics of portraiture and product photography is studied in a studio environment. Participants provides their own digital camera.

Color Media
An understanding of color is achieved through the study and application of color systems and theory. A wide range of tools, techniques and media are used on a variety of assignments.

Third Term

Concentrates on creating reproducible line and continuous tone art in the areas of product, editorial and institutional illustration. The focus is on black and white illustration in a variety of media both traditional and digital. Students are encouraged to develop problem-solving techniques in both technical and conceptual areas.

Graphic Design
Develops design concepts as they relate to the professional design field. Assignments include the development of logos, corporate identity, symbols, icons, and page designs..

Print & Design Production
Practical training in layout and production of art. In a variety of increasingly complicated assignments, the student learns to solve realistic print design problems from rough layout through print-ready page production.

Web Page Design
Web Page Design students will create several web pages increasing in complexity. This course teaches best practices for coding HTML and CSS, typography, graphics, animation, usability and accessibility. Students will be introduced to uploading files, server space and browser compatibility. Web page layout software is introduced. Exploration and analysis of existing sites on the web will also be a focus and source of information.

Fourth Term

Integrated Design

Visual literacy and effective translation of complex information into informative graphics and illustration will be emphasized. Projects may involve television, environmental graphics, web graphics, as well as print.

Design Project Management

Through assigned projects students will explore marketing, research, advertising concepts, resources, budgets, and timelines. Activities related to assigned projects may include tours, demonstrations, handouts, speakers and independent research. Both traditional and electronic methods are explored. Techniques for successful project management, how to optimize your time and resources, and billable hours will be explored.

Electronic Page Layout

Emphasizes design and preparation of multiple-page publications incorporating text and graphic images, using sophisticated page layout software (InDesign) on the Macintosh computer. Includes output of high-resolution pieces, and creation of interactive documents appropriate for viewing online.

Portfolio Preparation

Students work to prepare a portfolio of their work for prospective employers. Students are supervised and assisted in choice and number of samples, and portfolio layout. Lectures are given on job interviewing and job markets. Faculty approval of a finished portfolio and internet presence is required for graduation.

Elective Courses

Illustrative Figure Drawing
Advanced Web Page Design
Wordpress for Designers
Web Design Project Management
Social Media/Web Design Strategies
Web Animation and Illustration
Introduction to Screen Printing
Business of Graphic Design and Illustration
Advanced Interactive Media
Motion Graphics
Intro to Art History
Art History: Modern Era
Art Survey: Women in Art