VAMM100 Digital Imaging

Department of The Arts: Multimedia and Web Design

I. Course Number and Title
VAMM100 Digital Imaging
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This studio based course uses computer-based tools for graphic and digital artists. The content of the course will help prepare the students to sit for certification exams. Students will need to work on assignments outside of class. The required software is available in designated labs on campus.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This studio course presents in-depth techniques for image creation and manipulation using current software applications. Peripherals, file formats, resolution requirements, media storage, and digital photo processing are explored. Emphasis is on image-making methods used to create raster and vector graphics for print and the web.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to

      1. identify the various file types used for graphics and evaluate potentials and limitations of each;
      2. develop the skills needed to produce images for print or electronic publication;
      3. analyze, design, manipulate and display graphic information;
      4. explain and demonstrate document scanning and digital photo import;
      5. design and produce projects using the software applications covered in the course; and
      6. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Students will

    1. explore computer technology including:
      1. software application programs;
      2. file management - saving and finding files in various locations; and
      3. remote servers, storage, and devices.

    2. design and create images:
      1. utilizing the workspace and tools palette of software applications;
      2. demonstrating an understanding of the different file formats - raster and vector graphics;
      3. managing graphic resources by importing, exporting, scanning, and saving images;
      4. utilizing peripheral devices, including digital camera and scanners;
      5. demonstrating drawing, painting, and editing techniques;
      6. working with type;
      7. managing color/color modes/color depth;
      8. adjusting images and photos to make corrections, retouch, or repair;
      9. optimizing images for the web; and
      10. creating special effects.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. Student assessment is based on the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and critiques.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Departmentally selected text, as well as support materials created by the instructor, software developer, or department. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012