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Title Name Delivery
DAAD 1100

 Communications Graphics (2,1,0)(L)

Credits: 3
This course is designed to develop students' awareness of the principles and practice involved in the production and design of effective visual communications for both audio/visual and print production. Creative and practical applications of typography, photography and illustration are examined, as they relate to visual problem solving in a computer graphics environment. Oral and visual presentation skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: DAAD 1200, DAAD 1750 Required Seminar: DAAD 1100S

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DAAD 1200

 Graphic Design (2,1,0)

Credits: 3
Effective design communicates a message within a given context: superior design requires the combining of various elements including words, photographs, illustrations, and graphic images in a manner that achieves an interaction with the intended audience. This course encourages students to explore their creative potential by working with these elements through conscious experimentation while studying the effects of reworking and refining ideas. Corequisite: DAAD 1750 Required Seminar: DAAD 1200S
Corequisite: DAAD 1750 Required Seminar: DAAD 1200S

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DAAD 1300

 Typography (2,1,0)(L)

Credits: 3
This course provides students with the typographic skills required to produce effective communications in Computer Graphics and Desktop Publishing environments. Throughout the course, the importance of sound typographic communication skills are stressed: students learn the elements of good typography, how to choose the proper typestyle and how to use type as a powerful communication tool. An in-depth look at Desktop Publishing software is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: Admission to the Digital Art and Design program Corequisite: DAAD 1750 Required Seminar: DAAD 1300S
Corequisite: DAAD 1750 Required Seminar: DAAD 1300S

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DAAD 1500

 Digital Photography (2,2,0)(L)

Credits: 3
This course introduces students to the basics of photography with the use of a digital camera and prevailing industry software. The emphasis of this course is on capturing excellent images on camera with both natural (available) and artificial light. A significant amount of time is dedicated to increasing students' awareness of both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photographic composition. Students learn a variety of techniques and strategies for effective photo finishing and manipulation, printing, and publishing. Required Seminar: DAAD 1500S

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DAAD 2600

 Production Art (0,1,6)(L)

Credits: 3
Students develop their skills as computer artists. Preparation of a presentation level portfolio is the primary focus of this course. Assignments are aimed at developing the students' speed and dexterity on the computer. Students also gain experience in working to tight production deadlines, and coping with client-generated restrictions and design limitations. Assignments may be allocated to students from 'real world' production houses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required courses within the first three terms of the DAAD program Required Lab: DAAD 2600L

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DAAD 1750

 Graphic Applications and Digital Art & Design Systems 1 (2,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This is an introduction to the theories, processes, hardware and software used in solving illustration or photograph-based visual problems, and creating computer generated artwork. Students take their solutions from sketch through to print and network-based output for applications including desktop publishing and prepress, multimedia, and web development. Students are exposed to hardware and software commonly used in the industry. Prerequisite: Admission to the Digital Art and Design program Required Lab: DAAD 1750L Required Seminar: DAAD 1750S

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DAAD 1950

 Desktop Publishing and Digital Prepress 1 (2,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This course introduces the issues and technologies involved in moving print-based design projects from concept to final output. This is accomplished through a study of print technologies, their limitations and attributes, and an exploration of common computer-based publishing technologies. Prerequisite: DAAD 1200, DAAD 1300, DAAD 1750 (or relevant work experience with a work portfolio) Required Lab: DAAD 1950L Required Seminar: DAAD 1950S

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DAAD 2750

 Graphic Applications and Digital Art & Design Systems 2 (2,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This course is a continuation of DAAD 1750 which explores advanced and complex usage of the theories, processes, hardware and software used in solving illustration and photographic visual problems, and creating computer generated artwork. Students take their solutions from sketch through to print and network-based output for applications including desktop publishing and prepress, multimedia, and web development. Students are exposed to hardware and software commonly used in the industry. Students work through visual challenges and problems that are increasingly technical and complex. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required courses of the first three terms of the DAAD program. Required Lab: DAAD 2750L Required Seminar: DAAD 2750S

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DAAD 2950

 Desktop Publishing & Digital Prepress 2 (2,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3
Continuing from DAAD 1950, this course examines the issues and technologies involved in moving print-based design projects from concept to final output. Issues involving advanced color usage, service bureau liaison, and high-end printing are studied in greater depth. Prerequisite: DAAD 1100, 1200, 1300, 1950 Required Lab: DAAD 2950L Required Seminar: DAAD 2950S

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DAAD 1960

 New Media 1: Multimedia, Animation and Online Publishing (2,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This hands-on course introduces students to the fundamental principles and techniques used in the design of effective user interfaces. Students develop user-centric designs that conform to current W3C standards. Topics includ.. designing with HTML5, CSS3 and responsive design for delivery to mobile devices; project planning (storyboards, wireframes, sitemaps and other planning documents); principles of animation (time, motion); principles of presentation design (both esthetic and pragmatic, including the use of color and images); an introduction to content management systems (CMS); and the management of technical issues associated with electronic design (proper file formats, moving information, and network-based publishing). Students utilize prevailing industry standard software as they are introduced to a variety of development techniques; however, students also learn separation of structure and content from design by hand coding. Required Lab: DAAD 1960L Required Seminar: DAAD 1960S

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DAAD 2960

 New Media 2: Multimedia, Animation and Online Publishing (2,1,3)(L)

Credits: 3
2Students continue to explore the development and design of effective user interfaces. In addition to the refinement of skills previously learned in DAAD 1960, students have an opportunity to study designing for social media, SEO (search engine optimization), and web analytics. As projects increase in complexity, students examine issues such as maintaining styles in large web sites, template development, and working with leading edge technologies such as streaming media and animation. Team based learning is an important aspect of this class and teams are required to design and develop an actual working Web site for a client within the community. Prerequisite: DAAD 1960 Required Lab: DAAD 2960L Required Seminar: DAAD 2960S

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DRAF 1520

 Engineering Graphics (2,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This course is intended for students in first-year engineering. The course covers the fundamentals of orthographic projection, technical sketching, engineering graphic standards and conventions, and graphic solution of space and vector problems. Conventional drafting techniques are limited to sketched solutions, with the majority of the assignments being performed on the computer using CAD software. The course includes three hours per week of computer lab time during which students will learn to operate AutoCAD software on PC workstations. Prerequisite: Admission to Engineering Transfer Program or written consent of Program Coordinator Required Lab: DRAF 1520L

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DRIV 910

 Class 1 - Regular (34 hours)

Credits: 1

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DRIV 920

 Class 1 - Extended (42 hours)

Credits: 2

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DRIV 930

 Class 1 - Canada (68 hours)

Credits: 2

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DRIV 940

 Class 1 - Greenhorn Canada and US (88 hours)

Credits: 3

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