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Course Description

Computer Graphics Technology - CGT 161

History of Graphic Design (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the history of graphic design and its application as a form of mass communication. Students examine how social, cultural and technical considerations have influenced the way information is designed for publication. Students learn how an understanding of historical, cultural and social influences leads to more effective graphic design in the modern world.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Distinguish elements which increase the effectiveness of communication.
  • Explain major trends and movements in the history of design.
  • Examine key innovators and contributors to the field of graphic design.
  • Differentiate the social, cultural, technical and aesthetic trends which have affected the design of visual communications through history.
  • Explain the forces affecting our current systems of visual communication in an international environment.
  • Differentiate the historical, cultural, and technical influences in specific examples of graphic design.
  • Explain how developments in technology have changed the nature of visual communication over time.
  • Explain how changes in culture or society have resulted in changes in graphic design.
  • Compare examples of graphic design from different cultures or different times in terms of their effectiveness in communicating to their audiences.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; COMPUTER GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 161149328History Graphic Design 3Mumm D$12.0012/22/0OpenW  11:00 AM-01:52 PM JC110

Winter; 2019; COMPUTER GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/14/2019

 161119342History Graphic Design 3Mumm D$12.0024/24/0OpenW  01:00 PM-03:52 PM JC103