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Graphic Design

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design is a broad field that involves the creation of visual solutions for the purpose of communicating a clientʼs message to an intended audience. Also sometimes called Visual Communications, graphic design balances creative and technical skills in order to address the content and context of a message in the appropriate media. Building upon the foundation skills of the visual arts, graphic design blends innovative visual and creative design thinking in order to support the objectives of society, business, education, or the wider community.

Students who are interested in pursuing graphic design in print, web, multimedia, video and motion graphics, illustration, comics or animation may find one of the three main tracks in the Graphic Design degree program a fulfilling and challenging objective.

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Program Information

There are three tracks of study within Graphic Design. There is a General Track that focuses on print and web design (this is the most common area of study). There is an Illustration Track and a Motion Media Track (this track is for students interested in video, art and design).

Students who do not have to take a Mathematics course due to placement test scores, placing them into MATH-130 or higher, may need to complete three additional General Education credits to achieve the minimum number of credits for graduation.

We also offer a 1-year certificate in Graphic Design Foundations for students that might be looking to transfer or are unsure of their specific educational path within Graphic Design.

Degree Option - General

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 64 / 66
  • Contact Hours: 97 / 101

Recommended Math Pathway: TECH

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 and ENGL-102

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
Fall
ART.-121Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process 33
ART.-131Drawing I 36
ART.-141Basic Two Dimensional Design 36
ART.-142Basic Three-Dimensional Design 36
ENGL-101English Composition I 33
Total 1524
Winter
ART.-122Graphic Design Survey 33
ART.-132Drawing II 36
ART.-145Intro to Digital Design 36
ART.-146Typography and Type Design 36
ENGL-102English Composition II 33
Total 1524
Spring / Summer
MATH-115
  or
MATH-120
Foundations of Mathematics II*
  or
Intermediate Algebra*
4
  or
4
4
  or
4
Choose one of the following:
PSCN-170Intro to American Government 33
PSYC-281General Psychology 33
SOCY-191Intro to Sociology 33
Total 77
Year Two
Fall
ART.-133Basic Illustration 36
ART.-242Corp. ID & Promo Design 36
ART.-244Publication Design I 36
COMM-131Fundamentals of Public Speaking 33
Choose one of the following:
ART.-110Art Appreciation 33
ART.-111Art History Survey Prehistoric to 14C 44
ART.-112Art History Survey Renaissance to Modern 44
ART.-116Art History Survey Non Western Art 44
ART.-214Art History 19C Art 44
ART.-215Art History 20C Art 44
Total 15 / 1624 / 25
Winter
ART.-243Comm. Design Across Cultures 36
ART.-245Publication Design for Web I 36
ART.-246Self Promo and Portfolio Design 33
ART.-248AGraphic Design Internship 11
Choose two credits from the following:
ART.-105Design Studio Center I 1 / 22 / 4
ART.-205Design Studio Center II 1 / 22 / 4
ART.-248BGraphic Design Internship 11
ART.-248CGraphic Design Internship 11
Total 1218 / 20
Notes
*Or test out by placing into MATH-130

Degree Option - Illustration

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 64 / 66
  • Contact Hours: 97 / 101

Recommended Math Pathway: TECH

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 and ENGL-102

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
Fall
ART.-121Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process 33
ART.-131Drawing I 36
ART.-141Basic Two Dimensional Design 36
ART.-142Basic Three-Dimensional Design 36
ENGL-101English Composition I 33
Total 1524
Winter
ART.-122Graphic Design Survey 33
ART.-132Drawing II 36
ART.-145Intro to Digital Design 36
ART.-146Typography and Type Design 36
ENGL-102English Composition II 33
Total 1524
Spring / Summer
MATH-115
  or
MATH-120
Foundations of Mathematics II*
  or
Intermediate Algebra*
4
  or
4
4
  or
4
Choose one of the following
PSCN-170Intro to American Government 33
PSYC-281General Psychology 33
SOCY-191Intro to Sociology 33
Total 77
Year Two
Fall
ART.-133Basic Illustration 36
ART.-135Figure Drawing 36
ART.-221
  or
ART.-235
Screen Printing I
  or
Printmaking I
3
  or
3
6
  or
6
COMM-131Fundamentals of Public Speaking 33
Choose one of the following
ART.-110Art Appreciation 33
ART.-111Art History Survey Prehistoric to 14C 44
ART.-112Art History Survey Renaissance to Modern 44
ART.-116Art History Survey Non Western Art 44
ART.-214Art History 19C Art 44
ART.-215Art History 20C Art 44
Total 15 / 1624 / 25
Winter
ART.-233Advanced Illustration 36
ART.-246Self Promo and Portfolio Design 33
ART.-248AGraphic Design Internship 11
Choose one of the following
ART.-231Advanced Drawing 36
ART.-259Conceptual Book Design 36
ART.-261Painting I 36
Choose two credits from the following
ART.-105Design Studio Center I 1 / 22 / 4
ART.-205Design Studio Center II 1 / 22 / 4
ART.-248B
  and
ART.-248C
Graphic Design Internship 1 / 22 / 4
Total 1218 / 20
Notes
*Or test out by placing into MATH-130

Degree Option - Motion

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 65 / 68
  • Contact Hours: 92 / 97

Recommended Math Pathway: TECH

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 and ENGL-102

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
Fall
ART.-121
  or
MAET-110
Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process
  or
Media History and Theory
3
  or
3
3
  or
3
ART.-131Drawing I 36
ART.-141Basic Two Dimensional Design 36
ART.-142Basic Three-Dimensional Design 36
ENGL-101English Composition I 33
Total 1524
Winter
ART.-122
  or
MAET-120
Graphic Design Survey
  or
Media Aesthetics
3
  or
3
3
  or
3
ART.-132Drawing II 36
ART.-145Intro to Digital Design 36
ART.-146Typography and Type Design 36
ENGL-102English Composition II 33
Total 1524
Spring / Summer
MATH-115
  or
MATH-120
Foundations of Mathematics II*
  or
Intermediate Algebra*
4
  or
4
4
  or
4
Choose one of the following
PSCN-170Intro to American Government 33
PSYC-281General Psychology 33
SOCY-191Intro to Sociology 33
Total 77
Year Two
Fall
ART.-133Basic Illustration 36
ART.-275
  or
MAET-180
Intro to Creative Digital Video
  or
Intro to Screenwriting
3 or 46 or 4
COMM-131Fundamentals of Public Speaking 33
MAET-100Intro to Media Production 46
Choose one of the following
ART.-110Art Appreciation 33
ART.-111Art History Survey Prehistoric to 14C 44
ART.-112Art History Survey Renaissance to Modern 44
ART.-116Art History Survey Non Western Art 44
ART.-214Art History 19C Art 44
ART.-215Art History 20C Art 44
Total 16 / 1822 / 25
Winter
ART.-276
  or
MAET-150
Motion Graphics
  or
Radio-Television News Production
3
  or
4
6
  or
6
ART.-246Self Promo and Portfolio Design 33
ART.-248AGraphic Design Internship 11
Choose two credits from the following
ART.-105Design Studio Center I 1 / 22 / 4
ART.-205Design Studio Center II 1 / 22 / 4
ART.-248B
  and
ART.-248C
Graphic Design Internship 1 / 22 / 4
Total 12 / 1315 / 17
Notes
*Or test out by placing into MATH-130
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