December 14, 2015 Kenneth Colangelo

Graphic Design

Offers an education in graphic design communications, using processes and technologies relevant to the professional design environment. Students develop skills in visual literacy, problem solving, image creation, typography, layout, publication, design, and graphic arts production.

Program Outcomes:

Depending upon level of successful completion of coursework within the program, students will:

Visual Literacy and Creative Expression –

  1. acquire skills in drawing and three-dimensional design using traditional materials and techniques
  2. identify and apply the design principles to control aesthetic and compositional elements in the creation of visual solutions to art and design problems
  3. 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
  4. understand the function and impact of design, and the roll of the design profession in our society

Visual Communication, Conceptual and Critical Thinking –

  1. 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
  2. communicate an understanding of design concepts, processes, and techniques using the “language” of design and the design and creation of original typographically-based visual communications process

Media and Technical Skills –

  1. gain competence in the Macintosh OS, file storage and retrieval, network navigation, and the output of digital images and designs
  2. 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
  3. 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 –

  1. understand project management, marketing, and business related responsibilities of a graphic designer (and interactive design in Interactive Media option) in the design and production of visual communication pieces, the necessity of participating in a collaborative work environment, and adhering to professional ethical standards
  2. 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
  3. 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

General Education –

  1. meet established general education requirements.

Program Coordinator: Steve Klema

First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
ART*111 Drawing I 3
CSS-101 First Year Experience 3
ENG*101 Composition (a) 3
GRA*101 Design Principles 3
GRA*110 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
Second Semester
ART*112 Drawing II (a) 3
GRA*200 Visual Communications (a) 3
GRA*231 Digital Imaging (a) 3
  Humanities Elective (d) 3
  Mathematics Elective (a) (from MAT*135 or above) 3-4
Third Semester
GRA*201 Typography and Design I (a) 3
GRA*236 Digital Illustration (a) 3
  Directed Studio Elective (b) (from ART*109-156, ART*211-284, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*) 3
  Science Elective (c) (from AST*, BIO*, CHE*, EAS*, EVS*, MET*, OCE*, PHY*) 3-4
Select one of the following courses:
ART*100 Art Appreciation or  
  Art History Elective (e) (from ART*101/102/103/201/205) 3
Fourth Semester
ART*122 Three-Dimensional Design 3
GRA*203 Design and Production (a) 3
GRA*205 Typography and Design II (a) 3
  Directed Studio Elective (b) (from ART*109-156, ART*211-284, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*) 3
  Social Science Elective (from ANT*, ECN*, GEO*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*) 3

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
(b) To be selected in consultation with faculty advisor based on student’s program of study.
To be selected from ART*109-ART*156, ART*211-ART*284, DGA* GRA*.
(c) Students intending to transfer to a four-year program should take a 4-credit lab science.
(d) To be selected from courses in ART*, ANT*, CHI*, COM*, ENG*, ESL*143 or above, FRE*, HIS*, ITA* LAT*, LAW*, LIN*,
MUS*, NMC*, PHL*, PLH*, POL*, Religious Studies, RUS*, SPA*, THR*.
(e) Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate program should take an Art History course

A merger of Connecticut's 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with the student's Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current Tunxis Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: ct.edu/ctstate/academics.