Course Descriptions


DSN 094
Portfolio Archiving Orientation
0 credits

The ultimate goal of any visual arts student is to build a portfolio. Since the portfolio is a constant work in progress that should regularly be upgraded and changed with new and better examples of the student’s work, it is imperative each student gets the proper orientation to saving and archiving their work before they start on their degree. This orientation provides the student with the necessary knowledge to protect their investment for future use in their respective portfolios.

DSN 105
Visual Communication
3 credits

This course is an introduction to media studies, with an emphasis on the elements of visual form and the basic characteristics of time-based media and the fundamentals of mediated communication. Through theory and practice, the course is intended to develop the perceptual/cognitive and intellectual skills that will enhance an analytical appreciation and understanding of print, electronic, and moving image media, especially for students interested in graphic design, web development, advertising, and other fields in which visuals play a key role.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 094

DSN 110
Fundamentals of Drawing
3 credits

This introductory course allows students to practice framing subjects, including plant life and the human form, in the context of line, texture, light and dark, space and balance, scale and proportion, color, and form. An emphasis is placed on the development of aesthetic sensitivity.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 094

DSN 112
Digital Drawing
3 credits

This introductory course allows students the opportunity to combine drawing skills with computer applications using a vector-based program. The student will work with line, texture, light and dark, space and balance, scale and proportion, color, and form. The course will concentrate on traditional methods of drawing techniques emphasizing the digital representation.

DSN 121
Digital Publishing
3 credits

This course introduces the student to digital publishing with Adobe InDesign. Students will learn how to design and produce a variety of documents along with the basic principles of design with an emphasis on the effects of typography on a layout. Commercial printing and its impact on digital files will be studied in addition to the basic skills needed to be a successful Media Designer.

DSN 210
Digital Image Manipulation
3 credits

This course evaluates photographic image digitizing and manipulation of software and hardware. It examines the role of the computer as a tool in the photographic process. Students will learn the techniques of retouching and manipulating photographic images.

Prerequisite(s): BCS 210

DSN 220
Concept Development
3 credits

In this course, students are introduced to media production by identifying the components of good production design, emphasizing the importance of problem solving, planning, and design functionality. The process of creative team dynamics is explored along with its principles and practices. Production planning, software, word processors, and desktop publishing software will be used to develop a pre-production file.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 210

DSN 235
Vector Drawing
3 credits

This course is equivalent to DSN230. This course introduces the student to the creation of vector artwork, emphasizing the integration of a leading software creative suite, specifically the drawing application. Students will learn to manipulate existing art as well as creating new art while learning the aspects of the application with hands-on experience in projects relating to real world situations in print and web design. The course will also examine the aesthetics and technical details of typography, design, and page layout.

DSN 241
Color Theory
3 credits

This course covers fundamental color principles, color characteristics, properties, and uses in art and design through blending with paint. Students will develop a basic vocabulary for color theory and recognition. Students will encounter color as a language and understand its position and possibilities in relation to form and design.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 110 or DSN 112

DSN 300
Design for Marketing
3 credits

This course focuses on the role of design in marketing communications with an emphasis on "brand identity". Case studies of effective brand identity programs allow students to explore and critique brand expressions including print materials, website, video, and television advertising. Students also will be introduced to basic visual aesthetics and the relevance of good design.

DSN 308
3 credits

This course will expose students to the basic editorial, storytelling, and advertising illustration principles and techniques. Students will examine, from a historical perspective, illustrators; illustration trends; styles; and techniques, including print and animated motion pictures. Students will focus on visualization and sketching of concepts through traditional and nontraditional methods to explore digital means of manipulating illustrations. The course will also introduce the basic terminologies used in computer-based illustration.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 110/DSN 112, DSN 210 and DSN 230/235

DSN 315
3 credits

The principle goal of typography is the assembly of text in a fashion that is both easy to read and visually engaging. This course examines the historical, aesthetic, and cultural development of typographic forms and fonts. Students will explore historical styles and theories of type design, letter forms and typographic layouts, and their influence on modern and contemporary typography. Students will study type mechanics using type in a variety of design applications.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 210 and DSN 230/235

DSN 318
Portfolio Production
3 credits

Building a portfolio of accomplished images in individual areas of interest is an integral part of any design program. The portfolio is a constant work in progress that should regularly be upgraded and changed with new and better examples of the designer’s work. This course provides the student with an opportunity to concentrate on building both the electronic and tangible (physical) portfolio that will be needed to showcase one’s design work in order to further career and personal goals.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 320

DSN 320
Web Page Design
3 credits

This course will develop the scripting skills necessary for web page design and introduce students to the basics of HTML.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 210

DSN 325
Multimedia Web Page Design
3 credits

This course covers the fundamental concepts for creating a multimedia web page. Students will be expected to learn the differences in creating graphics by using shapes versus vector formats and then converting these formats to symbols, using these elements to further explore a 2-dimensional environment. When the basic skills are acquired, students will use these elements to create their own multimedia project, whether it is for CD or the web.

Prerequisite(s): COM 360 or WIS 370

DSN 326
Intermediate Multimedia Web Page Design
3 credits

This course builds on DSN 325 (Multimedia Web Page Design) by exposing the student to the next level of multimedia interactivity and action scripting. Students will become familiar with the process of publishing a multimedia web site.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 325

DSN 335
Advanced Vector Drawing
3 credits

This course takes an in-depth look into the creation of vector artwork and the integration of a leading software creative suite that handles photos, page layout, and graphics. Students will learn more in-depth aspects of the application with hands-on experience in projects relating to real world situations in print and web design.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 235

DSN 350
Interactive Publication Design
3 credits

This course will teach using Adobe InDesign to create interactive documents; interactive PDFs, interactive and animated browser-based (SWF) documents as well as Adobe digital publishing suite (DPS) files for Android and IPad Apps

Prerequisite(s): DSN 121 and DSN 210

DSN 401
Publication Design
3 credits

This course is an in-depth study of digital publishing with Adobe InDesign. With a focus on publication design, students will design and prepare a 20-page publication for commercial printing. In addition, students will produce a portfolio worthy project that will include style sheets and master pages that incorporate good typography and layout design concepts. Adobe InDesign CS (most current version) will be utilized in this course. For distance learning the student is responsible for acquiring the latest software version (education pricing available) through Adobe’s Creative Cloud (one-year or month-to-month memberships) or the Adobe Creative Suite® Design Premium.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 120 or DSN 121

DSN 402
Graphic Design of Brochures and Catalogs
3 credits

In this course, students will get hands-on experience producing direct mail pieces, including brochures, advertisements, posters, and postcards. They will utilize an outside source to produce printed pieces as well as explore costs associated with printing.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 121

DSN 410
Advanced Digital Image Manipulation
3 credits

This course extends the use of image-manipulating software to create new images, masks, layers, and type. Designs for video covers, book covers, etc., will be produced for the student’s use in later publication.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 210

DSN 415
Packaging and Display Design
3 credits

In this course, students will be expected to develop point-of-purchase displays along with product package design. Marketing strategy; manufacturing requirements; and product branding, with an emphasis on advertising, will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): BMK 305

DSN 420
Advanced Web Page Design
3 credits

This course builds on Introduction to Web Page Design to develop student skills at an advanced level. With this knowledge, students will be able to design, set up, and maintain web sites (Webmasters) at the corporate or institute level. Topics will be covered in a theoretical and practical way. The course includes a large component of hands-on computer work.

Prerequisite(s): DSN 320

DSN 460
Topics in Design
3 credits

This course surveys contemporary subjects and current events pertaining to Multimedia Design, Networking and Internet design, or Television and Video Production Design.

Prerequisite(s): permission required

DSN 487
Senior Project
3 credits

This course is designed to allow senior year students the opportunity to practice their specialization in a production environment. At the start of the project, students will identify a realistic project in their main competency area(s) with a faculty mentor. Having agreed on a timetable for their project’s completion, the students will then begin a required/flexible workshop where they must prepare a clear and comprehensive pre-production plan. The students must also develop an appropriate corporate style and logo to accompany their project. All work must be presented in the best possible manner, with well designed digitally published pages, a proper use of color, typography, etc., using their own corporate style and logo. This course may be completed as a directed study with an instructor of the student's choice or in a classroom setting

Prerequisite(s): Permission required

DSN 490
3 credits

This course will provide students with real-world experience in the field of media design where they will become acquainted with daily operations, while enhancing their professional skills and interacting with other professionals. College of Technology students wishing to complete their internship requirements should review procedures at This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory

Prerequisite(s): Permission required