GRDSN 142:Print Production

Instructor: John Mujica


GRDSN 121 or permission of the instructor

Concurrent enrollment:


Course Description:

This is an intermediate course in computer graphics and printing technology. Projects involve using industry standard computer applications to create and edit pixel and vector images, create page layouts, and prepare files for printing. Emphasized are color management, printing technology, file preparation for multiple color printing, Acrobat PDF workflow, raster image processing,  cross-application data exchange and file troubleshooting.

Course goals:

  • Develop awareness of developing printing technologies, and the development of a learning strategy or habit.

  • Gain an understanding of lithography, letterpress, gravure, screen printing, digital printing, and large format printing.
  • Edit, color correct, and enhance photographic images for printing.
  • Develop efficient workflows for image editing.
  • Coordinate files from editing and layout applications into press-ready documents.
  • Use preflighting software to collect files for output.
  • Configure the Adobe PDF creation tools for proofing and final output.

Calendar  Course Outline

Online "book": Print Production Fundamentals- Claudia McCue

Using our free access to through the Spokane Public Library, we will use this video version of Claudia MacCue's information also found in her book Real World Print Production. There are many other series in we will investigate.

Teaching / Learning Strategies:
Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Projects

  • Exercises

  • Guest Speakers

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is crucial to your progress and will be taken at the beginning of every class.
The attendance policy is as follows:

For this 4-Credit Course:  More than 8 absences = 0.0

Two late attendances = one absence.

Make-up Policy:

For an absence to be excused a student will need to communicate to their instructor via email prior to an absence.

Students need to complete any work missed by the next class period, or by instructor arrangement.

If the above criteria are not met the absence will be applied to the attendance policy.

Grading / Evaluation Policy:

Depending on the course, the instructor will supply a point based grading system or a scoring rubric to set “a standard of performance” to communicate the expectations of quality around specific exercises or projects.

In order to receive a grade for the course, all projects and exercises must be completed and received on the server by the end of the quarter.

Some courses are in sequence. If you receive a failing grade in a course, you may have to come back the following year to complete the SFCC Graphic Design A.A.S. degree.

Note: This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and the faculty may make appropriate changes. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.


Revised 8/14/2012

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