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GMD-120 - History of Graphic Design - Mark Flanders

Course:History of Graphic Design
Professor:Mark Flanders
  • Online
Course Length:5 week
Textbook Title:Meggs' History of Graphic Design 6th Edition (2016) Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis ISBN-13: 978-1118772058 (Hardcover) or ISBN-10: 1118772059 Approximately 624 pages
Types of Assessments:There are 5 Weekly Units/Modules with multiple Discussions and Quizzes each week. Discussions are to be 100 - 300 words per each discussion and scheduled over 2 days. Quizzes are timed and take approximately 10 to 30 minutes to complete. All quizzes are scheduled over a 4-day window and may be completed anytime during this period. Quizzes can either be taken using a student’s individual computer or on either campus at a TLC or Library. If students elect to use their private equipment, having reliable access to the Internet is compulsory.


Mark Flanders

I am Mark Flanders and your facilitator for this online course. Welcome to a wonderful course that will introduce the history of graphic design and how it relates to the history of technology, American/European history and the history of art. Students will evaluate and critique past and current trends in graphic design.

A basic requirement is that you should be computer literate, with at least basic knowledge of Internet navigation and email procedures. The college can provide some Online and Distance Learning Student Support at Online and Distance Learning.

Course Description

Surveys the origin and evolution of graphic design, including the development of typography, advertising, poster design, illustration, corporate identities and trademarks. This course is 100% online.

What to Expect in this Course

There are no face-to-face meetings for this course – it is completely online. Many students register for distant learning or online courses believing that it will require less commitment. To the contrary, these courses are often more intense than traditional face-to-face courses because the responsibility of scheduling learning is placed in your hands. Although this is an extremely beneficial skill to develop, it also requires an organized and well thought through plans. If you’re up to the challenge, remote or online learning can be a positive and rewarding experience.

In general, this course is divided in to five Learning Units/Modules. Each Learning Unit/Module is approximately one week in length. For each unit you can expect to complete the following coursework:

  • Read three to four chapters from textbook
  • Review three to four PowerPoint lectures (online)
  • Participate in one discussion (online)
  • Take a Unit Exam covering three to four chapters (online)

Therefore, reliable and consistent access to the Internet is mandatory. Not having access to the Internet is not an excuse to miss any deadline. If you’re in any doubt about your consistent and reliable access to the Internet, please consider attempting the course when your circumstance has improved or a face-to-face alternative.

Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook

Megg's History to Graphic Design Textbook Cover

Other Relevant Course Information

Because the 100% online nature of this course, the only evidence I have of course participation is your daily completion of online coursework. Failure to make consistent progress, demonstrated through completion of coursework may dismiss result in a course withdrawal.

Drop 1:  A student who does not login to Canvas within 48 hours of the start of the course will be dropped. No exceptions. Although the course is not accessible until the first day of class, I highly recommend logging into Canvas at least one week ahead of the start date to reduce any delays in the Canvas login processes.

Drop 2: A student who does not complete the first introductory assignment may be dropped.

Withdrawal 1: A student who does not complete the first exam may be withdrawn.

Withdrawal 2: A student who does no make consistent progress, demonstrated through completion of coursework may be withdrawn


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accomodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.

Last updated: 11/25/2020 Sub # Orig: 1994