Incorporates career-related requirements of the associate’s degree while preparing students for entry-level graphic design positions as well as continued study in the associate’s degree program.
Upon successful completion of all courses in the program, students will be able to:
Visual Literacy and Creative Expression –
- acquire skills in drawing using traditional materials and techniques
- Identify and apply the design principles to control aesthetic and compositional elements in the creation of visual solutions to art and design problems
- demonstrate the development of visual and conceptual skills required to create a successful design solution through the process of idea development, refinement, and assessment in the creation of design projects
Visual Communication, Conceptual and Critical Thinking –
- understand the function and impact of design, and the roll of the design profession in our society
- analyze a visual communication problem, develop visual concepts, and create design solutions that respond to client and audience needs through symbol and image creation, graphic illustration, paper selection, color, typography, and page composition
- communicate an understanding of design concepts, processes, and techniques using the “language” of design
Media and Technical Skills –
- gain competence in the Macintosh OS, file storage and retrieval, network navigation, and the output of digital images and designs
- acquire skills in the use of image scanning, page layout, and vector and raster image software programs so as to be able to design and execute graphic symbols and illustrations, raster images, and page compositions incorporating typography and image
- understand the basic concepts of printing and print production processes so as be able to successfully create electronic mechanical art for spot and process color graphic design projects
Professional Practice –
- understand project management, marketing, and business related responsibilities of a graphic designer in the design and production of visual communication pieces, the necessity of participating in a collaborative work environment, and adhering to professional ethical standards
- demonstrate knowledge of design project goals, be able to set priorities to meet milestones for project completion, and show the ability to revise and refine designs based on ongoing evaluation
- present design solutions and portfolio, in a manner suited to professional presentation showing knowledge and application of the concepts, skills, and techniques presented in courses during the program.
Program Coordinator: Jacqueline Decker
|GRA*110||Introduction to Computer Graphics||3|
|GRA*200||Visual Communications (a)||3|
|GRA*231||Digital Imaging (a)||3|
|Select one of the following courses:|
|ENG*101||Composition (a)‡ or|
|ENG*106||Writing for Business (a)||3|
|GRA*201||Typography and Design I (a)||3|
|GRA*236||Digital Illustration (a)||3|
|GRA*203||Design and Production (a)||3|
|GRA*205||Typography and Design II (a)||3|
(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
‡ NOTE: Students planning to transfer to an associate or baccalaureate program should take Composition (ENG*101).