DGD110 - Portfolio Prep. & Prepress Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Portfolio Prep. & Prepress Fundamentals

Subject Description
This capstone subject walks participants through each step required to prepare, assemble, highlight and feature samples of their best work and achievements in design and layout. Participants are prepared by using the skills and techniques necessary for printing and publishing a professional portfolio, promotional ephemera and web-based media.

Credit Status
1 full credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Use digital imaging software and techniques for editing images, color correction, tonal value and special effects.
  2. Assemble multiple images creating composite representations through digital means that incorporate design principles, color, a sense of style, depth and dimension.
  3. Plan, prepare and design imagery digitally that joins message and meaning in conjunction with technical elements of artistic and professional quality.
  4. Acquire, articulate, and utilize [specialized] terminology and knowledge relevant to graphic design, this includes relationships to other disciplines and understanding of contemporary global issues.
  5. Assess, articulate and predict the influence of graphic design issues as well as importance within the human environment from sustainability and interdisciplinary perspectives to social responsibility.
  6. Acquire and demonstrate competency in technical skills applicable to digital graphic design and layout.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to use design strategies and technical thinking in an iterative design process.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize, analyze, and develop probable solutions for digital design and process.
  9. Communicate design solutions, concepts, and strategies clearly and concisely through visual, verbal and written means.
  10. Synthesize information through traditional and new technologies, accessing and utilizing the information for problem solving in design activities.
  11. Analyze and constructively gain the ability to criticize and evaluate information from multiple sources and diverse perspectives within design practice.
  12. Understand the relationship of graphic design to other disciplines and to contemporary society.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

DGD100, WDC100, DGD102, DGD104, DGD106 & DGD108

Topic Outline
     Creating and managing files properly
     Correct use and selection of fonts 
     Initial file examination for print and screen use
     The Preflight checklist
     Examining colour issues
     Measurement and understanding of resolution
     File format considerations for screen and online media
     Creating simple and print-ready PDF's
     Final Printing considerations
     Comparing different printing processes for best results
     What type of portfolio is best suited to your needs
     Selecting works for inclusion
     Online/Digital portfolios
     Printing and Mounting methods
     Presentation methods
     Number of works to include  
     Showing order of selected works
     Cases, books, mailers
     Self-promotional material
     Mock-up methods and composition
     Assembling and presentation methods

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer. Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion and question and answer period.  

Prescribed Texts

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Quiz* 40%
Portfolio/Self-promotional package 60%
Total 100%
 *The quiz is a compliment to understanding the process of creating and managing web and print-ready material for your final assignment.
 The final assignment takes place over the entire duration of the class. The assignment is explained and assigned from the first day with practicals related to and building towards your final work. Final project submission: [defined by instructor - samples are available] Must be submitted and presented on or before the assigned deadline date.

Approved by: Sharon Estok