DMA 103 Digital 2D Design • 5 Cr.


This course provides foundational knowledge of graphic design theory, tools and processes. Introduces students to the technologies, theories, practices and techniques of graphic design. Students will use graphic design tools and apply basic visual design theory to create and manage digital images, graphics, illustrations and effects. The impact delivery environments have on design will also be explored. Recommended: completion or concurrent enrollment: DMA 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and apply the elements and principles of 2D design
  • Describe current 2D design practices and standards
  • Describe the similarities and differences between 2D design software applications
  • Describe the requirements of various systems and platforms used for image delivery, including web-based, social and mobile media platforms
  • Acquire graphics, typefaces and add-ons for graphic applications
  • Generate ideas and employ an iterative visual design process
  • Manage, store and retrieve visual assets using appropriate software
  • Apply and express color theory rules through a series of 2D design projects
  • Use the tools and technologies associated with 2D Design
  • Discuss and illustrate the rules of composition¬†