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Instructor Contact Information
  ARTG125 - Digital Media
  Mode of Delivery:  Fully Online
  (Fully Online = All class meetings are conducted online with no on-campus instruction or exams)

Julie Warren
Adjunct Professor
San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

You will not be able to login to this online course until the first day of the semester.
You must login as soon as possible on the first week of the semester to avoid being dropped.

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Textbook and Course Material Requirements

Required Software:
Successful completion of the course requires reliable access to the Adobe Creative Suite software (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign).
Any version from CS6 forward is supported.

For enrolled students, many educational discounts are available. A good source is To learn what the requirements are and how to submit proof for the discount, see their Purchase Requirement page. Adobe also has discounts available for education at their Creative Cloud for Students page.


There are different versions of the software available from

 Make sure the version you will be using has the 3 programs listed above.


CC (Creative Cloud) is the current version if you are buying it.The system requirements are specific, students are advised to check system requirements before purchasing. City College lab and faculty are supporting CC  Students using certain versions may sometimes need to follow some additional instructions (that will be provided in the course) to save files for instructor review.


Recommended Textbooks
There are no required textbooks. CC titles should be available. Check with the bookstore for most recent versions. Online sources may be best for older versions. Adobe TV online is a great, free way to find tutorials on the class material outside of the course.

Visual Quickstart Guide, Illustrator CC for Windows and Macintosh, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas, Peachpit Press.

Visual Quickstart Guide, Photoshop CC for Windows and Macintosh, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas, Peachpit Press.

and Visual Quickstart Guide, InDesign CC for Windows and Macintosh, Sandee Cohen, Peachpit Press,.


Adobe Press offers many excellent titles on these and related subjects. Visual Quickstart also has many other related titles. These books are good for reference, and some step by step guides but not as easy for reading alone.


Internet Browser:
You must use a supported Internet browser in order to successfully work in Blackboard Learn 9.1, the online course management system for this course. The recommended browser to use for the course is Mozilla's Firefox.


Movie Player
Students may also need Adobe Flash Player. Click here for Free download.


Acrobat Reader
If you don't already have Acrobat Reader, Click here for Free download.


It is strongly recommended that students orient themselves to the new Blackboard Learn 9.1 used to deliver the course material. Here is a link to the tutorials and other resources

See District Online Schedule for official list of required and optional textbooks and materials for this class.
Purchase Textbooks Online at the SDCCD Online Bookstore

Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware and Software:
To successfully complete this online course, you will be required to meet the minimum hardware and software requirements. View Hardware and Software Requirements.

Internet Browser:
You must use a supported Internet browser in order to successfully work in Blackboard, the online course management system for this course. To see a list of supported Internet browsers, click here.

Course Description

ARTG 125 Digital Media 16 Weeks

6.7 hours per week minimum, (the 6.7 hours is based on the amount of time we spend in the classroom version of the class.)
3 Units


Grade Only -- no pass/fail

Advisory:ENGL 051 and ENGL 056, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or assessment Skill Levels W5/R5.

Limitation on Enrollment:  This course is not open to students with previous credit for ARTG 125.


This course is an introduction to the principles of digital media utilized for visual communication.  Instruction will incorporate the current hardware and software utilized in the graphic design industry.  The specific software will be Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, and Bridge.  CC (or Cloud) is the current version. Students may also use CS6, CS5, CS5.5, CS4.  Earlier versions may not be useable.  Windows and Mac OS platforms are supported.  The course is tailored to the student in graphic design.  (FT).  Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU and/or private colleges and universities.

Course Objectives
  • Gain understanding of how to analyze graphic design problems and solutions in terms of successful production.
  • Evaluate the usefulness of the digital environment and the integration of traditional methods.
  • Completion of projects designed to show graphic design skills and knowledge of software techniques learned.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating and editing vector-based graphic elements.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating and editing raster-based graphic elements.
  • Demonstrate ability to use page layout tools for print and web-based communication.
  • Show ability to use correct terms and engage in current practices of professional graphic designers.
Application and Registration Information


  1. Complete Online Application (for new SDCCD students). Go to Student Web Services
  2. Receive registration appointment and instructions by email or mail.
  3. Register online at the Reg-e, our online registration system.
  4. Make sure that you pay your tuition so that you don't lose your registration!   Fees and Tuition Information.
  5. Order textbooks online. Visit our online bookstore.
  6. After completion of registration on Reg-e, and several days prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an email with course login instructions. If you don't receive an email please go to and login on the first day of class as follows:

    Type your Blackboard Username = 7-digit College Student Identification (CSID) number
    Type your Password =  mmddyyyy (your birthdate with no hyphens, slashes, or spaces)

    For example:  1010101 (CSID number used at registration)
                           06231980 (password for the birthdate June 23, 1980 )
  7. If this course is closed, please login to Reg-e to be placed on a waitlist. If the waitlist is full, you will not be able to add your name to the waitlist.

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Additional Information

To log in to Blackboard Learn 9.1 on the first day of classes, go to

Tentative Calendar:

Week 1
Introduction to course, Lessons on Digital basics, Process of Design, File management.
Week 2
Vector basics using Adobe Illustrator. Assignments include Pen paths tutorial
Week 3
Copyrights, Ethics, Working with Templates and other Layers in Illustrator, gradients, and related tools; scanning basics Assignments: vector drawing with the pen tool.
Week 4
Working with pathfinders; Mask tutorial; Introduce Vector Illustration project
Week 5
Type in Illustrator: On a path, paragraph, create outlines, use as clipping; unite, join, split paths; more precision tools Assignments: Business card, Continue Illustration project
Week 6
Effects and Styles applied to vector graphics, Adding final touches with vector in Illustrator Assignments: Illustration Project due in final form
Week 7
Vector on the web, importing and exporting vector elements to Photoshop Assignments: Test on Illustrator Basics and Vector Environment.
Week 8
Introduction to raster programs, Tour of Photoshop, basic correction tools.
Week 9
Photoshop image adjust options, cropping; Layer masks and selections, useful correction filters Assignments: 8 steps for correcting tutorial, Correct and change colors in photos, show before and after
Week 10
More on selections, transformations, working with layers, adding type Assignments: Make a montage from different images
Week 11
Web Animation, Image Compression,: Test on Photoshop Basics and Raster Environment, Raster Project due
Week 12
Introduction to Page Layout Using InDesign; Use of Design Principles, multi-page documents Assignments: Quiz: Identify parts of a layout, basic terms
Week 13
Grids and Guides, master pages, style sheets, Introduce Final Project: 4 Page Editorial spread using Vector and Raster graphics combined with paragraph type in page layout.
Week 14
Practicing Master Pages; Import from Photoshop and Illustrator
Week 15
Publishing and printing, export and save options, fonts Assignments: Rough draft of Final Project due
Week 16
Review of course concepts Assignments: Final Project due; Final Exam (both are mandatory). No work accepted after final date of semester.

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