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Graphic Communications is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Desktop and Web Publishing



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    Desktop and Web Publishing

    Desktop and web publishers use specialized computer software to lay out material for print and web publication. They are the architects of newspapers, magazines, books, directories, brochures, newsletters, and other media. Their tasks lie in the areas of design, setup, text, images, file preparation, and printing.

    Students of desktop and web publishing – often referred to as ‘DTP’– take courses that prepare them for this role. They learn the processes of reviewing, editing, and arranging text, graphics, and other material created by writers and designers. They become skilled in importing text and graphics into publishing software and integrating them into cohesive pages. They come to understand the important nuances of font style, font size, spacing, and background color. Like students of architecture, they learn that form can follow function and also be pleasing to the eye.

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  • Animation



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    Animators are artists. Their art is producing images or ‘frames’ that when combined in sequence create an illusion of movement called ‘animation.’

    Degree programs in the field teach students how to use animation software and hardware to create characters and stories for the motion picture, television, and video game industries. Typical components of the curriculum include two-dimensional and three-dimensional art and animation, storyboarding, life/human and background drawing, layout, and digital painting.

    Some programs may provide instruction in the application of animation technology outside of the entertainment sector, in areas such as architecture, engineering, education, healthcare, law, and criminal justice.

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