GRA120 - Software Training I

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Subject Title
Software Training I

Subject Description
This subject deals with an introduction to the MAC platform/operating system as well as two of the three major software applications used in digital graphic design: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.
The first seven weeks focuses on file construction, colour management and application, typesetting and paragraph formatting techniques and tools, tab control, multiple column text boxes, text wrap, and provides an introduction to file preflighting and output with a final exam in Week 14 to demonstrate proficiency in these areas. The second seven weeks of the course are concerned with tools and their application, file construction, colour systems and swatches, special palettes and mesh techniques in Illustrator.

Credit Status
Graphic Design Diploma Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe and demonstrate the menu structures and file management techniques used by the Macintosh operating system including the Finder, Suitcase font management software and standard user interfaces, hierarchical filing systems, proper storage techniques server access and copying files.
2. Evidence proficiency in the actions of moving, copying, deleting, and opening files from the various storage media used on and in conjunction with the Macintosh computer platform.
3. Describe and demonstrate an elemental knowledge of all of the drawing and image editing tools found within Adobe Illustrator. The student will be able to create patterns, either from placed scans or original designs, be able to draw complex illustrations with the various tools including the pencil, brush and Bezier pen tools.
4. The learner will also be able to evidence an elemental understanding of colour systems and their application through the harnessing of image masks, gradients, mesh gradient, simple effects as well as basic understanding of several of the action palettes and their functions.
5. The learner will be able to produce effective and properly constructed electronic illustrations using accepted professional techniques in file construction and accepted output techniques.
6. Produce both single and multiple page documents, managing image and type resources from disparate sources into single documents which can be output under professional circumstances.
7. Create simple grid systems and apply accepted typographic standards within that framework using the Adobe Creative Suite.
8. Demonstrate a working knowledge in the use of industry-standard software used
to produce professional quality vector art and type evidencing competencies in font management.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

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