Course Description

Basic concepts related to the two fundamental digital graphic forms (raster and vector graphics) and learning best uses and practices for each. This course covers basic digital imaging terminology and techniques including size, resolution, color space, file elements, measurements, file formats, and scanning software and hardware. Class projects require students to explore the meaning of communication through design and how it correlates with client satisfaction and target audience. Students become proficient with both raster and vector applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the difference between the two fundamental digital graphic forms, raster and vector. Examine the best use and best practices associated with raster and vector.
  • Demonstrate active learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by emphasizing accuracy, correct file preparation, integrity, and timeliness in submitting design projects.


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines, and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

This Model Course is an openly available, fully developed web-based instructional resource containing course info, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, rubics, grading policy, and more.

The model course is available for cloning on the OpenLab. While logged in, click on the “Clone This Course” link. Contact the OpenLab Team with questions.

If you use Blackboard, review the Model Course content and structure for use in your Blackboard course.

Course Coordination


Name: Lloyd Carr

Title: Associate Professor Communication Design

Email: LCarr@citytech.cuny.edu

Phone: 718-260-5175

Office: P100 – L

Coordination Site

This course uses the following resource:

Course Resources

This course utilizes the following Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or zero cost resources:

Foundation Resources

Please review and share the following resources with your Foundations students.

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