Graphic Design - A.A.S. Degree

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Graphic designers combine artistic ability with technical knowledge to create designs used in print and electronic media that inform, motivate, educate or sell. The objective of this focused multimedia program is designed to provide traditional techniques and the dynamic structure of current computer-based technology. The program will build the groundwork for a career and provide real time in a simulated work environment while preparing a competitive portfolio. Students will develop initiative and critical thinking skills needed to compete in the global market place. Approximately one-half of all program graduates go on to complete a baccalaureate degree in graphic design, film, video, illustration or game art.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze the history of visual culture and design theory, and apply historical relevance in the context of modern industry issues and trends.
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on understanding the functions of graphic design, illustration, web design and animation.
  • Implement current and emerging technologies using both PC and Macintosh platforms as production tools.
  • Utilize problem solving techniques and critical thinking skills across a wide range of media to capture the attention of intended audiences.
  • Collaborate with diverse teams of creative contributors, production personnel and clients while working with creative constraints and deadlines.
  • Apply knowledge of intellectual property issues.
  • Produce a professional portfolio in both traditional and digital formats.
  • Qualify for various entry-level industry positions, including desktop publishing, graphic designers, production artists, web designers, digital image processors, digital illustrators and assistant art directors.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
GRAD101 Design I 3
GRAD105 Vector Graphic and Page Design 3
GRAD107 Drawing for Designers 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
ARTA103 Art History I 3
MAST000 Math/Science/Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GRAD109 Understanding Social Media 3
GRAD128 Digital Imagery and Editing 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
ARTA104 Art History II 3
GRAD122 Typography and Layout 3
GRAD135 Advertising and Package Design 3
GRAD144 Color for Designers 3
GRAD119 Theme and Templating Websites I 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GRAD201 Presentation and Print Production 3
GRAD235 Video and Motion Graphics 3
GRAD280 Graphic Design Internship 2
GRAD281 Portfolio Preparation and Presentation 1
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.