2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Course Descriptions for Communications Technology

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Course Number: ARTC 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Course Title: Digital Imaging I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Digital imaging using raster image editing and/or image creation software: scanning, resolution, file formats, output devices, color systems, and image-acquisitions. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 1402. The student may register for either ARTC 1302 or ARTC 1402 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Course Title: Basic Graphic Design

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Graphic design with emphasis on the visual communication design process. Topics include basic terminology and graphic design principles. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC

Course Title: Basic Illustration

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to drawing techniques as they pertain to the commercial illustration industry. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Course Title: Digital Publishing I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: ARTC 1302.
Course Description: The fundamentals of using digital layout as a primary publishing tool and the basic concepts and terminology associated with typography and page layout. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, ECC, RLC

Course Title: Design Communication I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of design development relating to graphic design terminology, tools and media, and layout and design concepts. Topics include integration of type, images and other design elements, and developing computer skills in industry standard computer programs. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1325 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): MVC

Course Title: Introduction to Computer Graphics

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A survey of computer design concepts, terminology, processes, and procedures. Topics include computer graphics hardware, electronic images, electronic publishing, vector-based graphics, and interactive multimedia. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 1425. The student may register for either ARTC 1325 or ARTC 1425 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1327 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Typography

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of letterforms and typographic concepts as elements of graphic communication. Emphasis on developing a current, practical typographic knowledge based on industry standards. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1349 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC

Course Title: Art Direction I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Creation of projects in art direction for advertising graphic campaigns for products, services, or ideas. Topics include all campaign procedures from initial research and creative strategy to final execution and presentation of a comprehensive project. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1353 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, NLC, RLC

Course Title: Computer Illustration

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Use of the tools and transformation options of an industry-standard vector drawing program to create complex illustrations or drawings. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1359 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Course Title: Visual Design for New Media

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Visual design elements as they relate to new media. Emphasizes aesthetics and visual problem solving such as typographic issues, color management, hierarchy of information, image optimization, and effective layout. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 1459. The student may register for either ARTC 1359 or ARTC 1459 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, NLC

Course Title: Special Topics in Design and Visual Communications

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1402 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): ECC, MVC

Course Title: Digital Imaging I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Digital imaging using raster image editing and/or image creation software: scanning, resolution, file formats, output devices, color systems, and image-acquisitions. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 1302. The student may register for either ARTC 1302 or ARTC 1402 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 1425 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): MVC

Course Title: Introduction to Computer Graphics

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A survey of computer design concepts, terminology, processes, and procedures. Topics include computer graphics hardware, electronic images, electronic publishing, vector-based graphics, and interactive multimedia. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 1325. The student may register for either ARTC 1325 or ARTC 1425 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2305 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, NLC, RLC

Course Title: Digital Imaging II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: ARTC 1302.
Course Description: Principles of digital image processing and electronic painting. Emphasis on bitmapped- or raster-based image marking and the creative aspects of electronic illustration for commercial and fine art applications. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC

Course Title: History of Communication Graphics

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: Credit or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301, or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Survey of the evolution of graphic arts as it relates to the history of art. Topics include formal, stylistic, social, political, economic, and historical aspects. Emphasis on the art movement, schools of thought, individuals, and technology as they interrelate with graphic arts. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: ARTC 2313 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, EFC

Course Title: Digital Publishing II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: ARTC 1313.
Course Description: Includes layout procedures from thumbnails and roughs to final comprehensive and print output. Emphasis on design principles for the creation of advertising and publishing materials, and techniques for efficient planning and documenting projects. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2317 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC

Course Title: Typographic Design

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of typographic design including computer generated letterforms as elements of design. Includes theory and techniques of traditional, contemporary, and experimental typography. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2335 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, NLC

Course Title: Portfolio Development for Graphic Design

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: Advanced standing or instructor approval.
Course Description: Preparation of a portfolio comprised of completed graphic design projects. Evaluation and demonstration of portfolio presentation methods based on the student's specific area of study. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 2435. The student may register for either ARTC 2335 or ARTC 2435 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2340 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, EFC, RLC

Course Title: Computer Illustration II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Advanced use of software applications and/or various media with emphasis on output procedures, the resolution of complex design issues, and concept development. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2347 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC

Course Title: Design Communication II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: ARTC 1317.
Course Description: An advanced study of the design process and art direction. Emphasis on form and content through the selection, creation, and integration of typographic, photographic, illustrative, and design elements. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: ARTC 2380 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Commercial and Advertising Art

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)


Course Number: ARTC 2388 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, NLC

Course Title: Internship - Commercial and Advertising Art

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: Demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. An internship may be a paid or unpaid learning experience. (15 Ext.)


Course Number: FLMC 1300 (3 Credit Hours) New course added March 27, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Production Management

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to managing above- and below-the-line film or video production costs. Emphasizes analysis of scripts and treatments to determine production costs, crewing requirements, location needs, equipment rentals, and associated production costs. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


Course Number: FLMC 1311 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Survey of the Motion Picture

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of film history, aesthetics, technology and techniques including introduction to cinematic elements and approaches to analysis and criticism. Identify dramatic elements of films, visual and sound elements of film, motion picture genres, and basic plot structures; and identify important individuals in the history of film and motion picture technology. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: FLMC 1331 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Video Graphics and Visual Effects I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A course in the applications of computers for video production. Design of computer graphic workstations and development of a rationale for selecting software, hardware, and peripherals. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: FLMC 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Video Graphics and Visual Effects II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: FLMC 1331 or instructor approval.
Course Description: Designing vector and raster graphics, executing rendering techniques, designing and producing three-dimensional (3-D) materials, and selecting hardware, software, and peripherals for video production. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: FLMC 2333 (3 Credit Hours) New course added March 27, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Cinematography

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Advanced concepts of theoretical elements and practical applications of the cinematic craft. (2 Lec., 6 Lab.)


Course Number: FLMC 2335 (3 Credit Hours) New course added March 27, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Screenwriting for Features, Shorts and Documentaries

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Advanced concepts and applied screenwriting techniques for feature length film or video work and related new media storytelling. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: FLMC 2344 (3 Credit Hours) New course added March 27, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Advanced Film and Video Editing

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of the creative possibilities of non-linear film and video editing. Includes editing aesthetics, titles, graphic design, compositing, and special effects. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Introduction to Television Technology

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Identification and operation of current television production equipment. Includes digital and analog signal concepts and use. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1320 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Television Lighting

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to theory and application of lighting for television production. Includes lighting equipment for various production environments, color, angle, intensity, distribution, lighting control scrim, screens and gels. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1329 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Scriptwriting

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Writing of commercials, public service announcements, promos, news documentaries, and other broadcast and film materials. Emphasis on the format and style of each type of writing and development of a professional writing style. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: RTVB 1345 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Broadcast Engineering

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Engineering video productions including the basic alignment/adjustment of cameras, test equipment, storage devices, and other studio equipment. Basic system design and construction. Examines digital standards for broadcast, cable, satellite, and network distribution. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1347 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Audio/Radio Production II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Audio production theories regarding multitrack recording, studio live production and equipment operation. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1380 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Radio and Television

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Career related activities encountered in the students area of specialization are offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer, and student. Under supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Directly related to a technical discipline, specific learning objectives guide the student through the paid work experience. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)


Course Number: RTVB 1381 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Radio and Television

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)


Course Number: RTVB 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, NLC

Course Title: Special Topics in Radio and Television Broadcasting

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: RTVB 1305, concurrent enrollment in RTVB 1305 or with approval from instructor.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC

Course Title: Special Topics in Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: RTVB 1409 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Audio/Radio Production I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Concepts and techniques of sound production including basic recording, mixing, and editing techniques. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1421 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: TV/Video Field Production

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Video field camera set up and operation for broadcast and digital media. Incorporates basic editing and field audio techniques. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 1425 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: TV Studio Production

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Basic television production and planning techniques including video, audio and lighting equipment commonly used in a studio. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 2282 (2 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: Completion of at least 12 hours of Video Technology courses. The student should secure an internship position in the industry prior to enrolling.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization are offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer, and student. Under supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Directly related to a technical discipline, specific learning objectives guide the student through the paid work experience. (1 Lec., 10 Ext.)


Course Number: RTVB 2335 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: TV/Video Production

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Pre-production, production, and post-production process involved in multiple-camera studios. Includes advanced instruction in camera operation, lighting, audio, and television directing. (1 Lec., 7 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 2343 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC

Course Title: Commercial Recording Techniques

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skills in multi-track recording productions for the commercial audio recording industry. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 2370 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Business Aspects of Video Technology

This is a Local Need Course.
Course Description: This general business course for video stresses personnel management, production budgeting, staffing, decision-making, portfolio/resume development, interviewing techniques, site selection, contract law, and copyright management. Use of legal and financial advisors with a variety of business topics related to production companies, use of post houses, professional organizations, taxes, insurance, entrepreneurship, distribution, marketing, and sales will be discussed in depth. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: RTVB 2383 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: Completion of at least 12 hours of Video Technology courses. The student should secure an internship position in the industry prior to enrolling.
Course Description: Career related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization are offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer, and student. Under supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Directly related to a technical discipline, specific learning objectives guide the student through the paid work experience. (1 Lec., 17 Ext.)


Course Number: RTVB 2430 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: Film and Video Editing

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Film and broadcast editing for the preparation and completion of shorts, trailers, documentaries, and features. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 2437 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: TV/Video Production Workshop I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Design and production of video content for location or studio shoots adhering to deadline and quality control restrictions. (2 Lec., 6 Lab.)


Course Number: RTVB 2455 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): NLC

Course Title: TV/Video Production Workshop II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Producing various projects demonstrating mastery of field and/or studio competence (2 Lec., 6 Lab.)



ACGM (Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for general academic transfer among community, state, and technical colleges in Texas; and state public four-year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.


WECM (Workforce Education Course Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.