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GCOM- 141 Graphic Communications (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Overview of the cross-media graphics field and careers. Hands-on introduction to the graphics process from design through delivery. Use of graphics software to design and develop projects for cross-media, multi-channel distribution - print, web, email and mobile. Printing processes, bindery and finishing operations, and specifying printed products and non-print graphic services.

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GCOM- 151 Graphics Software Tools (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Graphics software tools and processes for production/development of print and non-print graphics projects. Software features and application, image capture/creation, page layout, and web development for multiple media workflows.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-141

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GCOM- 251 Premedia Graphics Production (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Optimization of digital creation, capture and manipulation of graphics for print and digital distribution. Premedia systems, workflow, color theory, digital photo, bitmap and vector graphic creation and editing.File and font management, document layout, automation, proofing, preflight and submission of files for output.

Prerequisite: take either GCOM-151 or DES-220

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GCOM- 266 Press Systems (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Imaging of various substrates utilizing common printing processes used in the graphic communications field. Image carriers, press systems, process control, ink, toners, and substrates.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-141

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GCOM- 270 Postpress Operations (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Current and emerging technologies for postpress operations in bindery and finishing. Postpress production and job planning from the postpress perspective. Quality control tools and techniques as applied to postpress operations.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-141

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GCOM- 295 Graphic Communications Professional Practices (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
The graphic communications industry; market segments, organizations, and professional practices. Personal goal setting for professional skills and career planning specific to the industry. Research and analysis of industry trends, issues, and forecasts of print and non-print technologies, global issues, and allied communication channels. Academic and workplace language proficiency.

Must be Sophomore level or higher

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GCOM- 349 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

Prerequisite: take GCOM-295

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GCOM- 351 Cross-Media Campaigns (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Software, systems and processes used to plan and produce personalized and integrated cross-media (Web, print, e-mail, mobile, PDF, eBook, and other digital media) marketing/promotion campaigns. Databases, layout issues, dynamic content (text, images, charts and graphs), scripting, automation, variable data digital printing and personalization, design platforms and web storefront interaction.

Prerequisites: take GCOM-251 and ICT-375

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GCOM- 362 Screen and Specialty Printing (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Screen, and other specialty printing on a variety of substrates. Wide format, three-dimensional, lenticular, cut vinyl graphics, dye sublimation, pad printing, laser marking/engraving, issues and process-control concerns unique to these image transfer methods. Special course fee applies.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-141

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GCOM- 367 Color Management (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Industry Standards-based color management practices for accurate color reproduction throughout both RBG and CMYK workflows. Colorimetric and densitometric analysis, device calibration, and profiling strategies. Color management applications, devices and best practices for controlling image capture, image display, electronic publishing, soft proofing and printing.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-266

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GCOM- 368 Print Optimization (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
The research and application of relevant industry standards, specifications, and processes used with print imaging.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-367

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GCOM- 380 Graphic Communications Estimating and Planning (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Graphic Communications workflow management issues including cost of production or services, estimating practices, planning and scheduling of both print and non-print graphic projects.

Prerequisites: take GCOM-251, GCOM-266 and GCOM-270

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GCOM- 443 Graphic Communications Practicum (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Integration of all Graphic Communications processes in the design and production of print and non-print graphic products and services for clients in the university community. Special emphasis on the process and workflow management roles of estimating, customer service, scheduling, planning, production supervision and quality control.

Prerequisite: take GCOM-368 and GCOM-380; Senior Level

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GCOM- 445 Publication Production (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Cross-discipline work teams experience integration of creative, technical and managerial skills to design, plan, schedule, produce and distribute print and digital versions of a publication.

Prerequisite: take CMG-351

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GCOM- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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GCOM- 482 Graphics Workflow and Automation (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Emerging trends in graphics workflow and automation. Streamlining digital workflow and integration with production and management information systems. Asset management integration, programming concepts, Web-to-Print integration, database concepts and workflow customization.

Must be Senior level or higher

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GCOM- 498 Field Experience (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No

Department consent

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GCOM- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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GCOM- 551 Cross-Media Campaigns (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Software, systems and processes used to plan and produce personalized and integrated cross-media (Web, print, e-mail, mobile, PDF, eBook, and other digital media) marketing/promotion campaigns. Databases, layout issues, dynamic content (text, images, charts and graphs), scripting, automation, variable data digital printing and personalization, design platforms and web storefront interaction.

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GCOM- 562 Screen and Specialty Printing (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Screen, and other specialty printing on a variety of substrates. Wide format, three-dimensional, lenticular, cut vinyl graphics, dye sublimation, pad printing, laser marking/engraving, issues and process-control concerns unique to these image transfer methods. Special course fee applies.

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GCOM- 567 Color Management (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Industry Standards-based color management practices for accurate color reproduction throughout both RBG and CMYK workflows. Colorimetric and densitometric analysis, device calibration, and profiling strategies. Color management applications, devices and best practices for controlling image capture, image display, electronic publishing, soft proofing and printing.

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GCOM- 568 Print Optimization (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
The research and application of relevant industry standards, specifications, and processes used with print imaging.

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GCOM- 580 Graphic Communications Estimating and Planning (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Cross-media graphics workflow management issues including cost of production or services, estimating practices, planning and scheduling of both print and non-print graphic projects.

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GCOM- 643 Graphic Communications Practicum (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Integration of all cross-media graphics processes in the design and production of print and non-print graphic products and services for clients in the university community. Special emphasis on the process and workflow management roles of estimating, customer service, scheduling, planning, production supervision and quality control.
Instructor's consent

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GCOM- 645 Publication Production (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Cross-discipline work teams experience integration of creative, technical and managerial skills to design, plan, schedule, produce and distribute print and digital versions of a publication.
Instructor's consent

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GCOM- 682 Graphics Workflow and Automation (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Emerging trends in graphics workflow and automation. Streamlining digital workflow and integration with production and management information systems. Asset management integration, programming concepts, Web-to-Print integration, database concepts and workflow customization .

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