Overview

The Graphic Design program offers a diverse educational experience in all phases of graphic communications. 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.

Students who complete the program will be well versed in the modern graphics industry, and will have a variety of employment options, such as commercial or promotional needs, packaging, displays, or logos by using modern technologies. Students will take hands on classes to learn how to use software used in the industry at a professional level. Students will create a portfolio of work, as well as complete a Capstone project, which can include an industry internship as a graduation requirement; this allows students to obtain the tools necessary to gain employment in the graphics field.

The Graphic Design courses use modern technology such as digital tablets, touch screen computers and the latest software versions for students to learn the skills required in the graphic design industry. Students learn the basics of color and design, as well as social media marketing and entrepreneurship to create a well-rounded graphic artist.

Potential Jobs/Careers

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Package Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Product Developer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Multimedia Artist/Animator
  • Freelancer

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101
GRA125LFoundations of Design233
GRA120LDesign Software Essentials233
CIS234LWebsite and Design Development233
ARTS212LIntroduction to Digital Photography223
GRA136LDigital Illustration233
GRA134LTypography233
 Total121919

Total Credits: 19

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.

  • Jill Vickers

    Computer and Design Technologies
    Faculty, Graphic Design

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Program Contact

Sandra Lavallee

slavallee@ccsnh.edu