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ARTC 1194 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, MVC, RLC.

Special Topics in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
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. (1 Lec.)


ARTC 1294 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, MVC, RLC.

Special Topics in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
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. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


ARTC 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

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.)


ARTC 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC.

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.)


ARTC 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

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.)


ARTC 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC.

Design Concepts
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Fundamental techniques in conceptualizing. Includes all procedures from initial research to creating strategies to finalize a project. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Digital Publishing I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, RLC.

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.)

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ARTC 1321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

Illustration Techniques I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ARTC 1309.
Course Description: A study of illustration techniques in various media. Emphasis on creative interpretation and disciplined draftsmanship for visual communication of ideas. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 1325 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC.

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. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 1341 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at MVC.

3-D Animation I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Instruction in three-dimensional (3-D) modeling and rendering techniques including lighting, staging, camera, and special effects. Emphasis on 3-D modeling building blocks using primitives to create simple or complex objects. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 1353 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, NLC, RLC.

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.)


ARTC 1359 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

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.)


ARTC 1374 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

Visual Storytelling
This is a Local Need Course Number.
Prerequisite: ARTC 1302 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Principles of story development, digital photography workflow, field recording, interviewing techniques, and image editing as it relates to communication in photography, video and film will be presented. The use of photography in relation to creative visual thinking and the development of story telling of written narration will also be covered. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC.

Special Topics in Graphic Design, Commercial Art and Illustration
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Visual Communications Core Curriculum or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, 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.)


ARTC 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, NLC.

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.)


ARTC 1394 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC.

Special Topics in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
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.)


ARTC 1402 (4 Credit Hours)
Currently not available at any DCCCD location.

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.)


ARTC 1425 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, ECC, MVC, RLC.

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. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


ARTC 1459 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, ECC, MVC, RLC.

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 1359. The student may register for either ARTC 1359 or ARTC 1459, but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 1494 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, MVC, RLC.

Special Topics in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
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., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

Illustration Techniques II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ARTC 1321.
Course Description: Continued study of illustration media and techniques using digital and/or traditional tools. Emphasis on conceptualization and composition. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 2305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC.

Digital Imaging II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

History of Communication Graphics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 2313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC.

Digital Publishing II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 2317 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC.

Typographic Design
This is a WECM Course Number.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in ARTC 1317 or instructor approval.
Course Description: Exploration of problems in typographic design including computer generated letterforms as elements of design. Includes theory and techniques of traditional, contemporary, and experimental typography. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 2333 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

Publication Design
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ARTC 1313 or instructor approval.
Course Description: Development of skills and advanced knowledge of publishing software, with emphasis on the maintenance of visual continuity in documents for publication. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 2335 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, NLC.

Portfolio Development for Graphic Design
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 2340 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC.

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.)


ARTC 2347 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

Design Communication II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 2348 (3 Credit Hours)
Currently not available at any DCCCD location.

Digital Publishing III
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 00
Course Description: A project based page layout course from concept to completion addressing design problems, preflight of files, color separations, and trapping techniques. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


ARTC 2380 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

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.)


ARTC 2388 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, NLC.

Internship - Commercial and Advertising Art
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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.)


ARTC 2435 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, MVC, NLC.

Portfolio Development for Graphic Design
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Preparation of a portfolio comprised of completed graphic design class projects. Evaluation and demonstration of portfolio presentation methods based on the student's specific area of study. This course is cross-listed as ARTC 2335. 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.)


ARTC 2488 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC.

Internship - Commercial and Advertising Art
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: 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. (20 Ext.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM 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.

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