Course Descriptions

GR M10
DESIGN AND SOCIETY

Examines the fundamentals of communication design including design theory, the language and history of design, and contemporary design practices. Emphasizes the basic principles and the human experience in design, including graphic design and advertising, industrial design, environmental design, and electronic arts. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

GR M11
DESIGN HISTORY

Examines the major issues in twentieth century design and identifies possible future trends. Focuses on the period beginning with the Arts and Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century and continuing through the modern and “post-modern” design movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

GR M23
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Introduces visual technologies, concepts and principles of production used by designers and media artists. Explores software applications as they relate to current methods of design and media arts production. Emphasizes the development of fundamental computer skills and an understanding of the relationship between digital and visual design. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M24
PUBLISHING AND PREPRESS

Focuses on the process of creating and preparing documents for print and creating press-ready output. Covers such topics as page layout, font and color management, printing processes, papers, bindings and proofing methods. (Formerly GR M24A.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M25
PUBLICATIONS DESIGN

Covers the design of multi-page publications, currently using InDesign for both electronic and printed production. Explores the issues and possibilities involved in the design and production of newsletters, catalogs, books and publications. Emphasizes the sequential organization of text and visual material, typographical structures, format and presentation. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M26
DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION

Introduces the world of two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital illustration. Utilizes raster and vector-based software to create digital illustrations from concepts to completion. Explores mark-marking, perspective, color systems and rendering of light and shade. Develops perceptual skills, conceptual strategies, production methods, and narrative composition through projects and critiques. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M27
IMAGE EDITING

Focuses on image editing, currently using Adobe Photoshop for photography, design, and media arts. Includes appropriate techniques for tonal and color adjustments, creating masks, non-destructive editing, adjustment layers, retouching, and compositing. (Same course as PHTC M33.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M30
DESIGN I

Provides a solid foundation in the use of the elements of visual language and their relationship to experience, expression, and communication. Requires hands-on experience in creative problem solving including the exploration of rhythm and balance, texture, figure/ground, visual hierarchy, color, time and motion, and other components, through a variety of media. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M31
DESIGN II

Furthers basic design skills and develops conceptual and technical abilities to amplify content through form, image, typography, symbolism and experimentation. Emphasizes, through exercises, the different aspects of analytical and inventive design. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M32
DESIGN III

Teaches more sophisticated methods of research and design thinking, design outcomes and technologies, as they are applied to increasingly complex projects. Evolves and refines the design skills. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M33
ADVERTISING DESIGN

Examines the importance of research, creating, and application of advertising design in the development of advertising campaigns. Explores creative problem solving, audience, product, and client positioning, marketing, and creative strategies as applied to advertising. Emphasizes creative team interaction, brainstorming techniques, and the performance of detailed research. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M34
TYPOGRAPHY

Introduces the fundamentals of typography, letterforms, typographic terminology and methods. Explores type families, grid construction, visual hierarchies, and organizations. Employs the type as a visual form and visible language, from the hand lettering to the computer screen. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

GR M80
INTERNSHIP IN DESIGN

Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations. To take this course, contact the Career Transfer Center. Requires orientation session. Students receive one unit of credit for each 60 hours unpaid or 75 hours paid work. May enroll in up to 4 units a semester with a maximum of 16 total units of any type of work experience. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M90
DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Provides students the opportunity to create new projects and refine existing projects for entry-level positions and for transfer institutions. Requires completed projects which meet the professional standards. (Same as MM M90.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

GR M122
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Graphics through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact a Graphics instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic. May be taken for a maximum of 6 units. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

MM M10
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MEDIA

Introduces visual technologies, concepts and principles of design and production used by designers and media artists. Explores software applications as they relate to current methods of design and media arts production for print, screen, animation, interactivity, and 3D design. Investigates the historical and conceptual relationship between art, media, and technology. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

MM M20
WEB DESIGN

Introduces web design fundamentals, including information architecture, interface design, usability, color theory, web graphics, file formats, and hosting. Uses still images, simple animation, type, video and sound, and basic interactivity in the design process. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

MM M30
MOTION GRAPHICS

Introduces motion graphics fundamentals, including the use of typography, illustration, and other multimedia elements in time-based sequence. Explores ideation, conceptualization, storytelling, storyboarding, keyframing, editing, animation, image-making, typography, and finished motion pieces. (Formerly MM M03.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

MM M40
3D FUNDAMENTALS

Introduces the fundamental concepts and tools used in the creation of 3D digital animation, including modeling, character rigging, animation, shading, lighting and rendering. Requires the creation of character animation, construction of set designs, and completion of an independent animated project. Emphasizes the conceptual issues and strategies in project development, as well as a working knowledge of the software. (Formerly MM M04.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

MM M50
INTERACTIVE DESIGN

Introduces interactive authoring techniques and technologies, project workflow, information design, interactive navigation, and production methodologies. Develops basic projects for delivery on various interaction mediums from the web to mobile devices to stand-alone applications. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

MM M80
INTERNSHIP IN MULTIMEDIA

Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations. To take this course, contact the Career Transfer Center. Requires orientation session. Students receive one unit of credit for each 60 hours unpaid or 75 hours paid work. May enroll in up to 4 units a semester with a maximum of 16 total units of any type of work experience. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

MM M90
DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Provides students the opportunity to create new projects and refine existing projects for entry-level positions and for transfer institutions. Requires completed projects which meet the professional standards. (Same as GR M90.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

ART M30
DRAWING AND COMPOSITION I

Focuses on the representation of objects through a variety of black and white media and techniques, emphasizing pictorial composition, depth perception, perspective and rendering. Includes presentations and discussions of historical and contemporary examples of a wide-range of drawing. Moorpark College Faculty has defined Drawing and Composition as a family of courses which includes ART M32, M34, and M35. A student may take a maximum of four courses from a family. (Formerly ART M12A.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M32
BEGINNING LIFE DRAWING I

Introduces drawing the human figure from live models. Emphasizes structure, proportion, form and composition through an introduction of linear and tonal concepts. Explores different media including charcoal, conte crayon, pencil, pen and ink. Moorpark College Faculty has defined Life Drawing as a family of courses which includes ART M32, M34, and M35. A student may take a maximum of four courses from a family. (Formerly ART M13A.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M40
BEGINNING ILLUSTRATION

Introduces pen and ink, watercolor, collage, and colored pencil techniques as principle means of self-expression. Analyzes topical themes and individual story lines as potential subject matter for weekly drawings. Moorpark College Faculty has defined Illustration as a family of courses which includes ART M40, M41, and M42. A student may take a maximum of four courses from a family. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

FILM M10
INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA

Introduces the art form of cinema. Includes topics such as modes of production, form, style, genre, aesthetics, media industries, critical analysis, and socio-cultural and historical importance. Builds an appreciation for the art form and cultivates critical thinking about film. Combines lectures and discussions accompanied by screenings of appropriate films. (Formerly HUM M08.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

GAME M101
INTRODUCTION TO GAME DESIGN

Provides an overview of all aspects of the game industry. Introduces game design and development terminology, principles, tools, and techniques. Explores gameplay, game design production processes, play testing, game analysis, game story development, game pitches, and game design documents. Examines the history and theories of game design, explores a variety of game genres, and addresses common legal and ethical concerns in the game development industry. Uses game development tools to create simple prototypes that emphasize concepts learned during the course of
the semester. (Formerly MM M70.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

GAME M201
GAME PROTOTYPING

Explores game prototyping through hands-on projects using a variety of analog and digital prototyping techniques. Covers 2D and 3D games, as well as concepts such as instruction creation, playtesting, iteration, User Interface design, and deployment. (Formerly MM M75.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

PHOT M10
BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY

Focuses on the technical, expressive, and historical aspects of photography including analog film and digital processes. Encourages the development of personal artistic expression and visual perception through the use of various photographic approaches. Includes darkroom practices, composition and content, film and digital camera use, lighting and exposure, and presentation techniques. Explores the historical, social, and personal relationship photography has with everyday life. There is a limited availability of loaner cameras. Students should be prepared to provide their own manually adjustable camera and necessary materials. (Formerly PHOT M01A.) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC