SESSIONS COLLEGE FOR PROFESSIONAL DESIGN
2015 - 2016 CATALOG
Students must complete 24 credits in order to graduate. Part-time
schedules are available. There are no general education requirements.
DES 104 Color Theory
DIG 205 Intro to Motion
DIG 204 Digital Video Production
DES 121 Photoshop I
DES 111 Drawing I
WEB 221 Flash I
DIG 201 Digital Video Editing
DIG 208 After Effects I
DES 141 Illustrator I
Program objectives for Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Media
• Create sophisticated, appropriate color palettes and use color and
contrast effectively in their work.
• Create drawings in traditional media that show a command of
proportion, perspective, and value contrast.
• Prepare images for professional publication with Photoshop
retouching, correction, compositing, or collage
• Create simple, stylized graphics, icons, and illustrations in Illustrator.
• Create engaging videos that incorporate skillful production,
camerawork, audio, and non-linear editing techniques.
• Develop rich, interactive animations and multimedia interfaces using
• Enhance multimedia projects with motion graphics and animated
titles created in After Effects.
• Develop basic competence in various digital media genres including
animation, video, and motion graphics.
Below are course descriptions for the Undergraduate Certificate in
Graphic Design. For more detail on each course, visit the UC in Digital
Media program page.
UC DIGITAL MEDAI
DES 104 COLOR THEORY
Focus on developing appropriate color systems for graphic design
projects. Projects explore the principles, terminology, and applications
of color theory, with an emphasis on manipulating color. A working
knowledge of the expression and perception of color, and color
interaction, lends credibility and sophistication to a designer’s work.
DIG 205 INTRO TO MOTION
This course introduces topics of motion in animation and video
through research and observation of real-life movement and
movement in animation. Students learn basic principles of visible
motion—including physics principles—and apply these principles to
written analysis and practical explorations including flipbook-style
animation. Topics include movement of objects and characters.
DIG 204 DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
Learn how to control white balance, aperture, and shutter
speed, to get high quality images from your digital video camera.
You’ll explore the different types of shots and camera motion
techniques used by the pros and learn how to do location
scouting, plan props, wardrobe, and sets, and work with talent.
Course lectures challenge you to think about different storytelling
conventions in narrative and documentary movie-making and
address the fundamentals of sound recording. You’ll script and
storyboard short movie sequences and develop an understanding
of the various roles in the video post-production process.
DES 121 PHOTOSHOP I
Get a thorough grounding in Adobe Photoshop, the premiere image
manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography.
You’ll learn to choose and use the best techniques for common
Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating
image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting
typography, and improving images with retouching and effects.
Every designer must tame this creative powerhouse of a program.
DES 111 DRAWING I
Learn how to analyze what you see in the world around you and
communicate it on paper. Through hands-on projects, and guided
by a professional artist, you will explore the critical concepts of line,
mass, form, perspective, value, and composition, building a solid
foundation for all your art and design work.
WEB 221 FLASH I
Develop a deep understanding of basic drawing and animating
tools in Flash, mastering such critical elements as layers, symbols,
and tweens. Build interactivity into your designs using advanced
animation techniques, 3D rotation, navigation buttons, video, and
even basic ActionScript.
DIG 201 DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING I
Learn the art and craft of editing videos from two award-winning
filmmakers. The course explores techniques that can be applied in
a range of non-linear editing programs, including Adobe Premiere
Pro. Yet the main focus is not just on developing software skills; it’s
on exploring the magic behind video editing. Challenging projects
including editing a commercial, an interview, a narrative scene, a
music video, a video diary, and a text title sequence.
DIG 221 AFTER EFFECTS I
Adobe After Effects is a powerful application used to create motion
graphics and visual effects for film and video. After Effects is
used in a variety of contexts, including broadcast graphics, music
videos, feature films, video rotoscoping, corporate presentations,
and conferences. In this 6-lesson course, you’ll learn how to use
After Effects to create sophisticated motion graphics—using text
and object animations, compositing videos and images, and adding
audio and effects. You’ll learn how to set keyframes on a timeline
and work with transform properties, motion paths, masks, and
effects, developing a solid foundation in this increasingly popular
and versatile program.
DES 141 ILLUSTRATOR I
Build a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, the graphic designer’s
vector program of choice. Course projects explore selection tools,
drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool, transformations/distortions, type
tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Tapping the power of vector
software allows you to produce detailed and scalable art for almost