Course Information

This course explores creative visual thinking and its importance to communication design. Students experiment with image-making techniques and learn to use graphic elements to communicate concepts and ideas. The course will emphasize the integration of communication concepts, type and graphics and its relationship to multiple disciplines such as advertising, graphic design, web design, illustration, broadcast design production, and others. Students develop projects from thumbnails through final presentations.

  • Course Number: COMD 1200
  • Course Title: Graphic Design Principles II
  • Credits / Hours: 3 credits/6 hours
  • Section Number: OL 44 Fully online.
  • Pre/Co-requisites: COMD 1100 and COMD 1127

Class Meetings

Online Space(s):

We meet every Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 – 2:00 PM. I will be online the entire session; you’ll be given offline assignments and can return or submit them through portals.

You will be asked to comment on classmates’ work., Please do so in a timely manner.

In-person Location:

  • We’re not meeting in person this semester. Sorry.

Faculty Information

Professor(s) Name:

  • Prof. Anita Giraldo

Online Office Hours/Information:

  • Office hours by appointment. Emails answered within 72 hours.

In-person Office Hours/Location:

  • Wednesdays and Fridays after class: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Phone: Not at this time.

Learning Outcomes

  • Information Literacy: The ability to find proper resources.
  • Oral Communication: The ability to discern pertinent information from irrelevant information.
  • Thinking critically: The ability to evaluate strengths and relevance of arguments on a particular issue.

Teaching/Learning Methods

  • Lectures and readings
  • Online and live demonstrations
  • Research and design assignments
  • Use of OpenLab, Blackboard, Zoom and/or other virtual communication
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous content delivery
  • Online portfolio/project book.

Technology Requirements

  • A computer able to sustain current Adobe content creation platforms
  • Sufficient bandwidth to access online instruction, file sharing, video access
  • A black and white printer or close proximity to print/copy providers.


See detailed schedule on the Schedule page.

Grading Policy

90% = Course projects/assignments
Project 1. 20%     Image Project
Project 2. 20%     Type/Lettering Project
Project 3. 20% 3-D project or Animation
Project 4. 20% Poster Project
Final 10% Zine/ProcessBook/ePortfolio
Partic.   10% Discussions, class contribution

Review details for successfully completing your coursework on the grading policy page.

Class Etiquette & Netiquette

Learning is a group activity. The behavior of each person in class affects the overall learning environment. As a COMD student you are expected to act in a professional manner; to be respectful of the learning process, your instructor, and your fellow students. And hopefully have fun!


While CUNY does not have an attendance policy, the Communication Design Department stresses the importance of attendance and permits each instructor to set their own attendance policy. Since COMD 1200 is a course designed for process learning, regular attendance is an important component to success in this class. 

Both absences and arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be noted. If excessive, the instructor will alert the student that they may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower grade.

Students will be notified in advance of the days when attendance is required–the days of in-class critiques as well as special guest speakers. Attendance is required.

Academic Integrity Policy

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion. More information about the College’s policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the College Catalog

Course Resources

  • Required text(s) and any other required course materials.
  • Required and recommended readings and other major assignments.
  • Links to resources such as the library, writing center, tutoring.
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