GCM Graphic Communications Management

GCM   1131   Graphic Communications Technology

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,3 Lab Hours.

An introduction to careers, the printing processes and the steps involved in preparing images for production in graphic communications.

GCM   1321   Desktop Publishing

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is a general course presenting the development, growth and influence of desktop publishing in today's society. The course presents the various hardware and software used in desktop publishing, as well as technologies that have evolved from desktop publishing. Students are introduced to typography and typographic principles, digital photography, scanning, image resolution, photo editing, imposition and their correct use in the creation of both everyday and formal communications. Students learn what makes an aesthetically pleasing document in both formal and informal settings.

Corequisite(s): GCM   1411.

GCM   1411   Desktop Publishing Laboratory

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Through detailed instruction and problem solving activities, students use current desktop publishing hardware and software and apply various concepts learned in GCM   1321 (Desktop Publishing) including, drawing applications, page assembly, photo editing, digital photography, scanning, typography, aesthetics, image resolution and imposition.

Corequisite(s): GCM   1321.

GCM   1631   Introduction to Multimedia

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

The course will introduce students to multimedia through its history, its various uses, and its different components. Students will create multimedia products and solve problems related to the creation of their components. Students will plan a multimedia presentation, create the various components and assemble those components into an effective multimedia presentation using current digital technologies.

GCM   2332   Bindery and Finishing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to orient the student to the various bindery, finishing, and distribution processes and practices common to the printing industry. Plant visits to bindery, finishing, and distribution firms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1131.

Corequisite(s): GCM   2412.

GCM   2412   Bindery and Finishing Laboratory

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Designed to engage students with the processes and real world problems of bindery, finishing, and distribution processes and practices common to the printing industry. Plant visits to bindery, finishing, and distribution firms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade "C" in GCM   1131.

Corequisite(s): GCM   2332.

GCM   2432   Inks and Substrates

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the dynamic relationship between inks and the materials on which they are printed. Areas of concern include the manufacturing processes and characteristics of inks and papers, testing procedures used with inks and substrates.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1131.

GCM   2512   Desktop Publishing II Laboratory

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

A laboratory experience that uses detailed instruction and problem solving activities, which students complete through the use of current desktop publishing hardware and software. This course supports the concepts learned in Desktop Publishing II (GCM   2532) through hands-on activities. Topics include digitizing originals, file format usage and creation, file preflight, image trapping, digital imposition, advanced image editing techniques and concepts and advanced desktop publishing techniques and concepts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1321 and GCM   1411.

Corequisite(s): GCM   2532.

GCM   2532   Desktop Publishing II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course builds on the concepts learned in Desktop Publishing (GCM   1321) and expands on the relationship between desktop publishing and digital prepress. Students examine the techniques and technologies used to create the visual images we see all around us. The concepts taught move the student from beginning desktop publishing into the world of digital prepress. Topics include the prepress working environment, hardware and software considerations, font and file management, bitmap and vector graphics, digital image characteristics, digital imposition, and digital image trapping.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1321, GCM   1411.

Corequisite(s): GCM   2512.

GCM   2721   Industrial Practicum

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed for direct observation and work experience with the local printing industry. The student is exposed to problems, practices, management structures, and work ethics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1131, GCM   1321.

GCM   3110   Instructional Assistance

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

A supervised experience in the instructional process (on the university level) through direct participation in a laboratory situation. Grading is evaluated on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. This course may be repeated for a total of three semester hours.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval required.

GCM   3130   Customer Service for Graphic Communications

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course designed to acquaint the students with duties and responsibilities associated with customer service for graphic communications management.

GCM   3231   Print Media Processes

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

An intermediate technical study of lithography, flexography, screen and specialty printing and digital outputs processes and the image preparation requirements for each. The course will provide experiences that demonstrates the similarities and differences of print media and discuss criteria for choosing one versus another. Students will gain a greater understanding of the mass production options available for graphic communication.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1131, GCM   1321, GCM   1411.

GCM   3735   Graphic Communications Internship I

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed for students to receive practical work experience with an approved graphic communications firms. A minimum of 400 contact hours with the host site is required.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1131 and a minimum 7 hours from GCM   2432, GCM   2332, GCM   2412, GCM   2532, GCM   2512.

GCM   3745   Graphic Comm Internship I

4 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed for students to receive practical work experience with an approved graphic communications firms. A minimum of 480 contact hours with the host site is required. Graphic Communications Management Majors.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   2721.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   3735.

GCM   4132   Screen and Specialty Printing

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

This course introduces the student to the methods, procedures and technologies used in the screen and specialty printing industry, including screen printing, pad printing, sublimation printing and embroidery. Projects and discussions involve the various production methods and material requirements. Experiences include planning, image preparation, image carrier preparation, single and multi-color printing, medium curing and drying, finishing and hands-on experiences with the various process.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3231.

GCM   4232   Photo Preparation for Reproduction

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

A combination of traditional and digital photography techniques is used to enhance the quality of the original photograph. The focus of the class is on creating images which maximize resolution while reducing editing requirements. Students choose and use various lighting arrangements and output techniques to improve final image quality.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1131 and MMJ   3333.

GCM   4736   Graphic Communications Internship II

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed for students to further their industry experience beyond GCM   3735. A minimum of 400 hours contact hours with the host site is required.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3735 or GCM   3745.

GCM   4899   Independent Study

1-3 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0-3 Lab Hours.

Independent study is available for the student to undertake individualized experimentation, research, or study related to the printing industry. The specific topic will be determined and approved by the faculty and the student prior to the semester in which the course is taken. Academic credit is assigned to the independent study commensurate with the magnitude of the study.

GCM   5090   Selected Topics in Graphic Communications

1-3 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0-3 Lab Hours.

This course is scheduled on an infrequent basis to explore special areas in technology and will carry a subtitle. Credit is variable from 1 to 3 semester hours. This special topics course is in keeping with established policies for offering a structured course on an infrequent basis. It will allow faculty to offer a course on a trial basis for possible approval at a later date.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5090G.

GCM   5234   Color Reproduction

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An exploration of professional color reproduction concepts and procedures related to the graphic communications and information technology industries. Topics include color theory, copy evaluation, color separation methods, color reproduction variables, color separation hardware and software, and color management systems.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3745.

Corequisite(s): GCM   5314.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5234G.

GCM   5314   Color Reproduction Laboratory

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This is a hands on laboratory course. The laboratory activities include the following: test for abnormal color vision, color measurement and evaluation, color standards, color proofing, color scanning, color reproduction methods, color management systems, color reproduction techniques using Photoshop and other software.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3745.

Corequisite(s): GCM   5234.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5314G.

GCM   5331   Flexography

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

Introduction to the flexographic printing industry. Discussions will include the design, techniques, processes, and manufacture of flexographic printed products. Activities will include setup and operation of a flexographic press.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3231.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5331G.

GCM   5332   Multimedia Presentations

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

Multimedia Presentations is the study of digital imaging applications for presentations. The course covers the creation of digital components for multimedia presentations, including sound, graphics, animation, and video technique, and their use in multimedia presentations for video, CD ROM, and the Internet.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   1631.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5332G.

GCM   5334   Imaging Systems

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

Imaging Systems is an in-depth course of how to effectively use, organize, and link imaging workstations, peripherals, systems, and files for information imaging. Current trends and issues of the industry are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3745.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5334G.

GCM   5335   Graphic Communications Management Topics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Course topics focus specifically on managerial decisions as they uniquely apply to graphic communications, such as: facilities planning and production flow, trade customs, contracts, and quality control and testing.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3745.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5335G.

GCM   5434   Lithographic Reproduction

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

Designed to introduce the student to image assembly for presswork. Topics include imposition layouts, image assembly, platemaking, proofing systems, press operation and safety.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3231.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5434G.

GCM   5534   Digital Output Applications

0,3 Credit Hours.   0,2 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

Covers the utilization of electronic imaging technologies for output applications for information imaging. Specific topics include internet development and management, and print-on-demand development and management.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3231.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5534G.

GCM   5535   Estimating for Print Production

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Acquaints the student with various types of estimating practices used for print production. The student will learn how to measure cost centers, calculate materials used and conceptualize the production process.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in GCM   3745.

Cross Listing(s): GCM   5535G.