Graphic Design & Visual Communications Courses


ARTD 101 Exploration of Art [2]
What is it about art—music, movies, dance, poetry—that is so compelling? What is the relationship between artist, art, and audience? Explore the way we embed meaning and experience in art, just beyond the reach of logical language.

ARTD 102 2D & 3D Foundations [2]
The way humanity structures every object we create—from newspapers to buildings—reveals a great deal about our hopes, needs, and presumptions. We’ll explore how the fundamentals of harmony, hierarchy, balance, depth, and other elements of design can give us the tools to create layouts and objects that are both useful and meaningful.

ARTD 103 Photography & Image Framing [2]
With the advent of digital photography we now live in a world that is generating more photos per day than any one person could even hope to see in a lifetime. But what are the basic elements of a strong image? How can we choose images that most appropriately meet the needs of a given project or task? And how does the role of cropping and context radically change the experience of a photo?

ARTD 201 Christianity and the Arts [2]
Explores the historical and biblical use of the arts, the unique characteristics of each art medium (visual, literature, drama, music, and dance), the concept of creativity, aesthetics and criteria, and the use of arts in contemporary culture. Suggests and questions definitions of “Christian” art and challenges students to apply their artistic talents to their ministry, worship, and daily life-styles.

ARTD 202 Drawing & Illustration [2]
Making representations of the world around us has fascinated humanity throughout all of history. Even the detached objectivity that photography has offered us hasn’t suppressed our need for drawings and illustrations. Explore the unique value of illustration in a hands-on process using traditional media.

ARTD 203 Typography [2]
The quiet and powerful artform of shaping the very letters that form our written language has experienced an explosion of activity with the introduction of computers. Explore both readability and tone as we look at the elements that add up to exquisite—or disastrous—typefaces.

ARTD 206 Visual Arts Workshop [1-3]
Explores various visual art forms, such as drawing and painting, in addition to using different styles and media. Opportunities to explore oil, acrylic, or watercolor painting, banner construction, photography, or other liturgical art forms.

COMM 204/304 Trinity Television Lab [1]
Repeatable up to 4 credits. Work in teams to identify, design, produce, write, shoot, edit and serve as talent on video stories about college life and activities for Trinity Lutheran College TV.

COMM 205 Digital Design Tools I [2]
Become more knowledgeable and proficient with designing communicative messages digitally through hands-on training. Fundamentals of digital design software programs are explored. Basic design concepts covering layout and typography will be addressed while mastering techniques used extensively in the digital design/production industry.

COMM 206 Digital Design Tools II [2]
Practical training building increased proficiency with standard digital design software programs with a focus on website creation tools. Design concepts for web-based delivery are addressed while incorporating fundamental design principles used in creating compelling web communications.

COMM 310 Multimedia Message Analysis [4]
Introduction to the use of multimedia and digital elements in communicative exchanges, including how visual information is interpreted. Special emphasis on methods of critical analysis.

COMM 351 Graphic Design I [2]
Graphic Design is the unique blending of words and pictures, color and lines, which come together to form almost all of the content we encounter in print or on a screen. Introduction to contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, color theory, and grid systems. Using both traditional media and the Adobe Creative Suite, explore common design tasks from designing billboards to websites.

COMM 352 Graphic Design II [2]
Building on the skill of Graphic Design I, refine and strengthen design skills through a wide variety of work on actual design projects for community organizations.

COMM 369 Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling [4]
Introduction to best practices in the creation of stories for video, web and live event applications. Overview of effective storytelling techniques and tools used to connect effectively with audiences in a variety of multimedia and live event applications. Gain hands-on experience in the construction and crafting of stories including the foundation blocks of effective storytelling, storytelling design and delivery, storytelling devices, and exposure to visual storytelling keys.

COMM 370 Multimedia Message Design [4]
An overview of theories and conceptual tools used to design digital messages for various media. Explore ethical and legal issues underlying the design process as well as engage with a variety of technologies and computer applications necessary to create digital content for various multimedia venues.

COMM 371 Multimedia Storytelling Production [4]
Hands-on experience in the production of stories for video, web and live events. Examine the work of multimedia storytelling professionals and apply production processes related to a story they design, deliver, and produce in teams. Production processes include research, proposal writing, storyboarding and planning, interviewing, photography/videography, on-camera talent, editing, audio and music design, budgeting and financing strategies, production schedules, venue scouting, talent booking, crew selection, scriptwriting, technical and legal considerations, and rehearsals.

COMM 372 Advanced Multimedia Design & Storytelling [4]
Working in teams to expand competencies acquired in COMM 370 to identify, design and deliver multimedia storytelling presentations for both the Trinity Lutheran College website and for a non-profit organization in the Everett area.

COMM 410 Multimedia Message Production [4]
Learn and experience the process of digital message production while also examining the work of professional digital designers. Topics include story development, storyboarding, timing, post-production, and computer modeling using professional software. Work in teams to produce a complete multimedia message.

COMM 411 Advanced Multimedia Production [4]
Work in production teams with guidance from professionals to identify, produce, write, shoot, edit and serve as talent in the production of stories for video, web and live events. Teams also work with TLC-TV production students to help with the production of content for the weekly TLC-TV show.