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Graphic Design

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The Graphic Design program offers a diverse educational experience in all phases of graphic communications, including print, web design, and video, and state-of-the-art content areas such as E-commerce and Social Media Marketing. The program exposes the student to a thorough scope of the industry, as well as preparing students to create and run their own freelance businesses.  A strong combination of theory and hands-on application gives students a variety of valuable, as well as very employable, learning experiences.

All graphic design students will take a complement of core courses totaling 33 credits. These courses provide a broad foundation in graphic design. In addition, each student will select a specialty area within which to complete a total of 9 additional credits. These areas include: additional courses in graphic design; courses in web design; or courses in video production. Required general education courses bring the total program credits to 66/68.

Students who complete the program will be well-versed in the industry, and will have a variety of employment options. Print media includes such possibilities as newspapers, magazines, hospitals, special interest organizations, and various businesses – anyone needing logos, printed brochures or other materials, event advertising, etc. Web developing is a multi-faceted specialty with a growing demand. Video options include television and web advertising, as well as video components embedded in websites. In addition, many graduates develop their own freelance businesses.

For those students who may already have a degree in another field and/or who simply wish to gain knowledge and skills in graphic design, we also offer two certificate program options, each of which can be obtained in one semester and require 15 credits. Our Foundations Certificate introduces the student to basic skills in the graphic design industry. Our Advanced Certificate builds on the Foundations Certificate skills, and would be appropriate for those who may already have some experience or background in the field, or who have taken the Foundations Certificate.

Technical Requirements

In order to be successful in the Graphic Design program a student must:

  • have command of the English language;
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • be able to complete requirements for college level classes;
  • be able to understand and follow both written and oral instructions;
  • have sufficient vision to make fine visual discriminations, and for reading instructions and course materials;
  • have reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and comprehend service literature;
  • have communication skills sufficient to prepare required reports;
  • have basic understanding of common computer operating systems and procedures;
  • have good understanding of measurement systems;
  • have the ability to work with others;
  • have a good eye for detail/attitude toward quality.

As a result of completing the Graphic Design Program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theory and processes associated with the Graphic Design profession;
  • understand and use appropriately the technical vocabulary associated with the Graphic Design profession;
  • demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking skills to successfully problem solve customer needs;
  • produce a body of work that serves as a professional portfolio.

GRAPHIC DESIGN DEGREE

 

First Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENGL100L English Composition 4 0 4
GRA1250L Fundamentals of Design 2 2 3
MMDA1200L Design Software Essentials 2 3 3
  College Essentials 1 0 1
MATH2110L College Algebra 4 0 4
  Total 13 5 15
 

First Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
GRA1340L Typography 2 2 3
GRA2230L Graphic Design I 2 2 3
BUS2610L Social Media Marketing 2 2 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 6 15
 

Second Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ARTS2120L Introduction to Digital Photography 2 2 3
GRA2240L Publication Design 2 2 3
CIS234L Website Design and Development 2 2 3
GRA1360 Digital Illustration 2 3 3
  Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 11 8 15
 

Second Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ARTS2800 Creative Entrepreneuriship 3 0 3
CIS2760L Developing Web Applications 2 2 3
ARTS2130L Advanced Digital Photography 2 2 3
GRA2710L Screen Process Printing 2 2 3
GRA280L Graphic Design Capstone 2 0 3
  Total 11 7 15

Total Credits: 60

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE

Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
GRA1250L Fundamentals of Design 2 3 3
MMDA1200L Design Software Essentials 2 3 3
GRA2250L Web Design Foundations  2 3 3
ARTS2120L Introduction to Digital Photography 2 2 3
ARTS2800L Creative Entrepreneurship 3 0 3
ESNT1200L College Essentials 1 0 1
  Graphic Design Elective     3
  Total 12 10 19

Total Credits: 19

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