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Courses in digital imaging and graphic design allow Blinn College students to flex their creative muscles this Fall

ARTC 1302: Digital Imaging develops students’ Photoshop skills, while ARTS 2313: Graphic Design provides instruction in Photoshop and Illustrator

July 27, 2017

A graphic created by Blinn College student Kaitlyn Finch for ARTC 1302: Digital Imaging.

Blinn College is offering students the opportunity to develop their Photoshop skills this Fall with courses in digital imaging and graphic design.

Offered online for the first time this Fall, ARTC 1302: Digital Imaging teaches students to create images using raster imaging editing and image creation software such as Adobe Photoshop. During this three-hour-per-week course, students learn about scanning, resolution, file formats, output devices, color systems, and image-acquisitions, and incorporate those skills into their own works.

ARTS 2313: Graphic Design teaches students to communicate ideas through graphic design and illustration, and provides hands-on instruction in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Available on both the Brenham and Bryan campuses, the course includes two lecture hours and four lab hours per week.

“Both courses are essential for those wishing to pursue careers in creative arts and Graphic Design, and these are good all-around skills to develop in advance of any career,” Instructor Tim Weaver said.

No special skills or prior experience are needed to succeed in either course, as they are designed to equip students with a foundation in art and the basic skills needed to succeed in the industry.

Austin Lyles, who recently graduated with an Associate of Arts degree, said Digital Imaging challenged him to expand his creative skills.

“The class allowed for you to find your own niche and to follow that style throughout the semester,” he said. “Once you figured out what you liked to do, the assignment requirements were adjusted to what you believed would result in the best artistic outcome.”

Lyles entered the class with some previous Photoshop experience, but found that the course catered to students with various skill levels, from beginners to advanced.

“Because of my professor and fellow students, I learned an extremely useful trade that has uses everywhere from design for movies, games, photography, advertising, fashion, and concept art,” Lyles said. “Digital Imaging allowed me to see my options for work and what I could do for a living, but most importantly, that I could do something I love for a profession.”

Blinn also will offer ARTC 1353: Computer Illustration, which teaches students to create complex illustrations or drawings using an industry-standard vector drawing program, on the Blinn-Bryan Campus and at Bryan, College Station, and Caldwell high schools. ARTC 1313: Digital Publishing I, which covers the fundamentals of using digital layout as a primary publishing tool, is available on the Bryan Campus this Fall.

Blinn’s academic transfer rate regularly ranks among the highest in the state and the nation. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 34.2 percent ranks second in the state and exceeds the statewide average of 21.1 percent.

THECB data shows that Blinn students who take 30 credit hours during the 2017-18 school year will save $3,717, approximately 42 percent, in tuition and fees compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.

Blinn’s Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 28. To register, visit www.blinn.edu.