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CGD Computer Graphics Lab

CGD's lab enables Gavilan students to collaborate with other CGD and Digital Media students to produce portfolio projects using graphic software in our recently updated lab.

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CGD's collaborative learning environment prepares students for careers in diverse design fields. CGD Students in Lab

Project-based activities help them develop design skills and apply technology. Forthcoming pages and their CGD courses provide career and transfer options, discuss theories and principles that apply to design, provide instruction on commonly used computer graphics applications and design standards, feature creative problem solving methods for design development, and address human factors issues.

Adobe's Creative Suite (CS6): Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop.
Apple's iLife '11 includes GarageBand, iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto tools.
Autodesk's Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Google's SketchUp, an easy way to create 3D models.
Graphisoft's ArchiCAD BIM.
Microsoft Office
(7&10) to apply graphic design within Excel, PowerPoint & Word.
SolidWorks to design, engineer & animate products.

Students' portfolios enable them to thoughtfully organize presentations of products they develop and design. Work within a portfolio may feature signage, electronic devices, appliances, furnishing, bridges, buildings, communities or other products that relate to a student's career goal. Students' presentations include the use of computer aided design and modeling to visually communicate their ideas. The style of products they present demonstrates their ability to incorporate elements and principles of design into their work. Students' graphics also visually communicate ways their products could be manufactured and used. The descriptive graphics of their functional products reflects that their designs are intended to serve the needs of prospective clients.

CGD's supervised lab supports computer graphics, engineering and art courses and gives access to state-of-the-art computer graphics & design applications. Enrollment in CGD back to top arrow courses gives you access to the CGD lab. CGD students may work for home or use the lab to gain computer graphics and design competencies while completing their own visual communication projects and provides an array of tutorials to learn techniques used by computer graphic design professionals.