Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 11/21/12

1. Description -
Continuation of GID 53A. Intermediate instruction in design and printing for wearable art. Students learn digital skills for image creation and preparation of multi-color artwork for screenprinting on t-shirts, fabrics and wearable substrates. Focused development of personal visual style with emphasis on portfolio quality work. Basic business procedures of the garment printing industry are put into practice.
Prerequisite: GID 53A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. produce works of communication design and personal expression for garment printing.
  2. prepare production art and screen print artwork for multi-color garment printing.
  3. demonstrate using software to make spot color separations.
  4. practice the management of a printmaking studio including scheduling, supply management, equipment maintenance, safety, and clean up.
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the business practices of garment printing.
  6. critically evaluate, define and discuss his or her own projects and the projects of student peers.
  7. recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Facilities: 24" x 36" table space for each student. Screenprinting stations including base, screen, registration system, squeegee, flash dryer. Light table, screen exposure unit, screen washout unit, print drying rack, inkjet printer for film positives, darkroom facilities, ink curating unit.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Garment Printing Design
    1. Designing for clients needs
    2. Designing for cultural expression
    3. Designing for two colors of ink on color garments
  2. Preparation of artwork for garment printing.
    1. Production art for two colors of ink on color garments
    2. Prepare artwork with tracing paper & oil-based paint markers.
    3. Prepare artwork with software.
    4. Outputting film on inkjet printers.
    5. Exposing emulsion on screen for printing on pocket, left chest, inside collar and industry desirable locations.
  3. Screens
    1. Mesh count
    2. Mesh count requirements specific to the job
    3. Materials used to make screens.
    4. Purchasing screens.
    5. Storing and maintaining screens.
  4. Printing
    1. Mixing ink for multi-color printing.
    2. Printing two colors of ink on color garments.
    3. Press types and their different requirements.
    4. Micro-adjustment and color registration.
    5. Proper placement of image on T-shirt.
  5. Ink
    1. Inks types and suitability to garment material
    2. Mixing ink for multi-color printing.
    3. Quantity of ink required.
    4. Properly clean-up and methods to avoid the ink from drying in the open-mesh.
    5. Environmental concerns.
  6. Mixing water-based ink
    1. Benefits and concerns of printing with water-based inks.
    2. Water-base ink characteristics.
    3. Mixing water-base pigment with base to achieve a smooth and consistent ink ready for print.
    4. Technical concerns.
    5. Clean up.
    6. Environmental concerns
  7. Mixing plastisol inks
    1. Benefits and concerns of printing with plastisol inks.
    2. Plastisol ink characteristics.
    3. Proper management & disposal
    4. Proper cleaning using the Soy-Based bio-degradable cleaners.
    5. Nylonbaum ink for printing on Nylon
    6. Environmental concerns
  8. Software
    1. Raster graphics- Adobe Photoshop
    2. Vector graphics- Adobe Illustrator
    3. Digital color separations
    4. RIP software and inkjet printing
  9. Business Practices
    1. Management of a printmaking studio
    2. Scheduling
    3. Supply management
    4. Equipment maintenance
    5. Tutoring new workers and new students
    6. Safety and safety practice
  10. Critique
    1. Criteria for evaluating client centered projects.
    2. Criteria for evaluating fine art and works of cultural production.
  11. History
    1. Contemporary print artists
    2. Contemporary print studios

5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of assignments and projects
  2. Evaluation of studio practice
  3. Tests, quizzes or research assignments
  4. Student's ability to analyze their work and the work of their peers
7. Representative Text(s) -
Fresener, Scott. How to Print T-Shirts for Fun and Profit. Ridgefield, New Jersey: Union Ink Company, 2005.

This textbook is old but remains the best textbook for this course. The technology of T-shirt printing has not changed significantly in the last ten years. Research has demonstrated that another text as suitable as this has not entered the publishing marketplace.

8. Disciplines -
Graphic Art
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration .
10. Lab Content -
Concept development sketches, planning and production sketches, preparation of color separations, Inks, screens and plates for printing, printing, curating of finished work and documentation.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, on-line resourses, and outside
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Lecture-Laboratory Exercises and Demonstrations: Weekly lab exercises. Each lab exercise may include individual or group participation and covers assigned reading and lecture topics.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degrees and Certificates of Achievement in Graphic & Interactive Design and Art.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-03-03 14:24:36

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines