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  • Objectives
    Illustration and Design is a three-year program that trains students to work as professional illustrators and designers. It concentrates on the development of illustration techniques and visual concepts in distinct areas such as advertising, editorial, animation and technical illustration. Students make use of state-of-the-art digital technology as well as traditional approaches. Skills acquired in the program are: * producing a variety of illustrations in media such as pencil, ink, pastels, watercolour, acrylics, airbrush, etc. * producing computer-generated artwork * completing two- and three-dimensional animation projects * producing technical and architectural illustrations from specifications or sketches
  • Academic Title
    Illustration and Design Diploma
  • Course description
    Term 1
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    510-112-DW    Visual Language 2D and 3D    2 - 4 - 2    90

    Description:    This course is an exploration of the elements and principles of two-dimensional visual language and the composition of three dimensional form. Through directed studio work, the use of personal computers and the network, as well as through the analysis of existing works, students will be introduced to basic design vocabulary, and will begin to apply the elements and principles of design and apply the use of new technologies in technical drawing. Students will be taught adequate skills in the handling of tools and materials, and will improve familiarity with computer hardware and software. Three instructors teach this course in separate time periods of two hours each. The student purchases all materials, with the exception of common material used in 3-D projects.
     
    510-122-DW    Drawing from Observation    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Description:    This course introduces the students to drawing skills and materials used to explore objects and illusions of space through observation and the application of technique. The instructor will work with students individually to develop an awareness and understanding of observed form. Drawing assignments are intended to increase the student’s capacity of perception and to accurately record aspects of their environment.
     
    520-101-91    Art History and Aesthetics I    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course, the student will be introduced to the purpose of art throughout the history of Western civilization, and shown how art and philosophy evolved in relation to the socio-economic, political and religious trends of the time. The student will learn to distinguish between the art of different periods and styles, from pre-history to the Renaissance, to identify different media and techniques, and to explain and define art historical terms.
     
    520-101-DW    History of Art and Aesthetics I    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces the student to the formal and aesthetic trends of art and design objects from the beginning of man through present day. The student will be studying the styles, trends and cultures that created art and artefacts which define our cultures today. The student will be required to research and report on the art, artefacts and trends using the vocabulary introduced in class and contributing courses. The student will subsequently apply the attained skills in the other program courses.
     
    570-110-91    Technical Drawing I    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Description:    The objective of this course is to introduce students to problem-solving skills in drafting technology through short exercises and larger drafting projects, and to increase drawing abilities leading to the creation of illustrations of an industrial-technical nature. Students will learn technical drawing terminology, how to use and care for the appropriate tools, geometric construction, scale, principles of multi-view construction and dimensioning, as well as orthographic and isometric projections.
     
    570-112-91    Materials I    2 - 3 - 1    75

    Description:    This course introduces the student to a variety of materials for use in illustration and design rendering. The student will learn to create visual images from objects and elements in nature and the environment, accurately use the various visual tools and materials and apply various processes and media. The second part of this course covers an introduction to computers as the student begins to use the computer as a tool for illustration and design using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on a Macintosh platform.
     
    570-162-91    Visual Presentation Design I    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Description:    The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the basic tools, techniques, and concepts in free hand rendering of organic and man-made objects. The student will develop principles of composition and basic illustration/ design rendering techniques by applying them in drawing from observation and recall.
     
    General Education

    • 109-103-02    Health and Physical Education    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 603-101-04    Introduction to College English    2 - 2 - 4    60
    • COMP 1    Complementary          

    Term 2
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    510-212-DW    Visual Language II (3D DES)    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Prerequisite:    510-112-DW - Visual Language 2D and 3D
    Description:    The student will learn to adapt technical processes and procedures in the execution of artworks. Assigned projects will involve the application of previous knowledge of visual language in more vigourous and demanding situations. Compositional exercises and projects will be specific to fine art.
     
    510-232-DW    Colour I (Design)    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Description:    This course is an introduction to colour theory, specifically the visual properties characteristic to colour as an element in visual language. The students should demonstrate an inventive response to given formal design assignments in the coherent and effective use of colour.
     
    520-201-DW    History of Art and Aesthetics II    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    The student will identify the major currents in the visual arts from the 16th century through to the middle of the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of ideas that apply to the creative process. Class activities include slide presentations, films and videos, lectures and discussions, complemented by occasional museum and gallery visits.
     
    570-102-91    Drawing and Rendering    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Frank Mulvey teaching section(s) 01 02
    Description:    The objective of this course is to increase the student’s capacity to use line and value for purposes of representational rendering and dynamic layout. The student will become familiar with a variety of media and grounds (drawing surfaces), by producing drawings, in studio, from observation of live models, both nude and clothed.
     
    570-210-91    Technical Drawing II    1 - 2 - 1    45
    Description:    This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of perspective drawing (onepoint and two-point perspective), and increase the student’s understanding of what technical drawing represents in translating three dimensional forms into a two-dimensional format to be used in technical, architectural and industrial illustration.
     
    570-212-91    Materials II    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    John A. Singer teaching section(s) 02
    Geoff Carley teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    This course continues the introduction of a variety of materials for use in illustration and design rendering. The student will continue to create visual images from objects and elements in nature and the environment, accurately using the various visual tools and materials and applying various processes and media.
     
    570-262-91    Visual Presentation Design II    2 - 2 - 2    60
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Stan Roach teaching section(s) 01 02
    Description:    The objective of this course is to further the student’s studies from the previous Presentation Design I course, with emphasis on techniques and concepts in free-hand rendering of organic and man-made objects.
     
    General Education
    • 109-104-02    Physical Activity    0 - 2 - 1    30
    • 602-10_-03    French: Bloc A    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-102-04    Literary Genres    2 - 2 - 3    60

    Term 3
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    510-312-91    Two-Dimensional Organization    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Prerequisite:    510-232-90 - Colour Theory and Practice I
    Description:    The objective of this course is to develop visual literacy, concepts and skills needed for the process of communication through visual images, words and/or sounds.
     
    570-342-91    Materials III    2 - 3 - 1    75

    Description:    The first part of this course aims to familiarize students with computer-assisted drafting and design using the appropriate software currently used in most types of enterprises and which will most likely be encountered when entering the job market. Students will create technical drawings/illustrations using standard drafting practices ranging from simple 2-D projections to full 3-D solid modeling projects. The second part of the course introduces students to classical animation. The aim of this course is to create an animated short film. Focus is placed on the fundamental principles of animation, as well as on the digital techniques of modern animated filmmaking.
     
    570-352-91    Lighting in Visual Presentation Design    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Description:    The objective of this course is to introduce the student to lighting effects pertaining to presentation and to various types used in illustration. The student will learn the characteristics of light, light sources and lighting concepts in visual presentations.
     
    570-362-91    Visual Presentation Design III    2 - 4 - 3    90

    Description:    This course aims to introduce the students to microcomputers as a means of producing drawings and color illustrations. Students will use and explore the basic tools of the vector program ‘Illustrator’ in order to satisfy current market requirements. The second part of this course introduces the students to the theoretical and practical aspects of presentation design, and will teach them the observation and technical skills needed to interpret forms realistically using markers and coloured pencils.
     
    General Education

    • 109-105-02    Active Living    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-103-04    Knowledge    3 - 1 - 3    60
    • 603-103-04    Literary Themes    2 - 2 - 3    60

    Term 4
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    510-412-91    Three-Dimensional Organization    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Prerequisite:    510-212-91 - Visual Language II
    Description:    The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of three-dimensional design found in geometric and organic forms, and the visualization of those concepts found in design. The student develops the ability to create, analyze and criticize actual spatial situations and the effects of light and shadow on form, colour and textures.
     
    570-310-91    Technical Drawing III    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Lucy Trahan teaching section(s) 01
    Chantal Chapson teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    This course introduces students to the rendering standards and techniques required in the architectural-illustration market. Students will learn basic principles of shadow casting, reflections, rendering techniques of various materials and will execute finished professional projects in various media (and mixed media) from miscellaneous references (architectural/ construction blueprints or from existing structures).
     
    570-322-90    Graphic Research I    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Christian Hupfer teaching section(s) 01 02
    Description:    This course furthers students’ training with the vector-based program ‘Illustrator’ and completes the ‘Presentation Design III’ course with more advanced tools and techniques. Professional and creative projects, such as product labels and posters, will help students master a larger range of commercial illustrations.
     
    570-442-91    Visual Presentation I    1 - 2 - 3    45
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    David Donald Mahon teaching section(s) 01
    Chantal Chapson teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    This course will teach students to create threedimensional CAD scenes, to apply the appropriate surfaces and realistic lighting, including atmospheric conditions, and to establish the camera position to create a photo realistic illustration.
     
    570-462-91    Visual Presentation Design IV    2 - 4 - 3    90
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Stan Roach teaching section(s) 01
    David Donald Mahon teaching section(s) 01
    Christian Hupfer teaching section(s) L1 L2
    Description:    One section of this course introduces the students to techniques currently used in commercial art. While using an intuitive approach, it motivates students’ creativity to experiment with mediums and supports. Also included within this section is an introduction to airbrush basics. The second section of this course will provide students with the tools necessary to become a creature designer in the special effects or gaming industry. Students will learn techniques of taking ideas and developing them into interesting concepts. Pushing anatomical knowledge, sculpting techniques, and design to the outer limits, they will gain hands-on experience with some of the more popular materials of the profession. Students will finish the class with a finished sculpture and a firm understanding of what it takes to create excellent fantasy art.
     
    General Education

    • 345-102-03    World Views    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 602-B__-03    French: Bloc B    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-BXE-04    Applied Themes in English    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Term 5
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    520-372-91    History of Commercial Art    3 - 0 - 2    45

    Description:    This course is a general, multi-disciplinary, historical survey encompassing architecture, costume, poster and book design. The student will develop an understanding of the different historical period styles through research and illustrative rendering of specified historical period design details.
     
    570-410-91    Technical Drawing IV    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Description:    This course aims to introduce the students to various advanced techniques currently used in elaborate projects of a technical nature. Students will apply techniques previously acquired in technical drawing courses and will produce finished advanced technical illustrations with the help of both vector and bitmap programs.
     
    570-522-91    Professional Practice    2 - 4 - 2    90

    Description:    One part of this course will introduce the student to the problems inherent in job hunting and the methodology used to obtain interviews, in order to promote oneself or a product. The other part of the course will demonstrate the capabilities to produce camera-ready art for illustration by means of various illustrative methods.
     
    570-562-91    Visual Presentation Design V    4 - 8 - 4    180

    Description:    In this course, the student will learn to interpret a given product through visual concepts and various styles of illustration and typography to create a visual impact. Students will use the Macintosh computer and scanner to transfer finished art work using the various tools of Photoshop, and compose illustrations of mixed mediums into professional portfolio art work. The course also aims to stimulate illustration and typographical awareness in the student, and to aid the student in achieving a more sophisticated ability in design through structured problem-solving activities.
     
    570-832-91    Graphic Research II    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Description:    Students will learn to combine illustration, technical and computer skills to create 3-D animation and prepare for possible future careers as illustrators in television, film, special effects, or game production.
     
    General Education

    • 345-BXH-03    Applied Themes in Humanities    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Term 6
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    570-542-91    Visual Presentation II    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Stan Roach teaching section(s) 01
    John A. Singer teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    illustrations using watercolour and/or acrylic paints to produce final illustrations for print or presentation. Completed work will demonstrate an understanding and an ability to interpret a concept based upon an art director’s sketch and explanation of client needs, the collection of proper reference through research or photographs, and the execution of illustration in accordance with the art director’s request.
     
    570-662-91    Visual Presentation Design VI    4 - 8 - 4    180

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Stan Roach teaching section(s) 01
    John A. Singer teaching section(s) 01
    Christian Hupfer teaching section(s) 01
    Chantal Chapson teaching section(s) L1 L2
    Description:    The aim of this course is to further develop the student’s studies from the previous Presentation Design courses, with emphasis on portfolio and presentations of product illustrations in camera-ready art. Students will use Macintosh computers to develop and print portfolio ready illustration. The focus is on actual production techniques using Photoshop for image editing, Illustrator vectoring, Adobe InDesign for page layout and Dreamweaver for web page design. Typographic and general layout using various media will also be studied. In addition, the course aims to further develop the student’s mastery of the application of airbrush and illustrative techniques in their designs. Students will develop rendering skills and further their knowledge of basic advertising concepts in the creation of illustrations and various applications in newspaper and studio work. Students will also increase their proficiency on the Macintosh computer.
     
    570-812-91    Presentation Drawing    1 - 2 - 1    45
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Geoff Carley teaching section(s) 01
    Pauline Fresco teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    The objective of this course is to assist students through their comprehensive exit exam project. Students will fully understand the demands of the marketplace and will be able to integrate previously acquired skills, enabling them to work independently as technical, architectural or editorial illustrator/designer/animator.
     
    570-822-DW    Illustration II    1 - 2 - 2    45

    570-862-91    Multimedia    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    David Donald Mahon teaching section(s) 02
    Chantal Chapson teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    Using 3-D Studio Max and Discreet Logic Combustion, the course will expand the students understanding of various forms of animation in the context of communication. Students will work in both traditional 2-D animation and 3-D computer animation to produce broadcast quality composition and output. The course will include development of a story, production of working storyboards, animation with soundtracks, and final output.

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