Graphic Design

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design

This program provides the skills necessary for entry into the field of graphic design. The graphic design profession involves graphic and advertising design, illustration, and pre-press. The Graphic Design program allows students to develop basic skills common to all three specialties, while developing an emphasis in one.

Successful students may enjoy careers in book/publication design, Web page design, package design, ad/promotional design, and where creative typography and image are needed to move ideas and information.

Students are expected to buy their own tools and materials. The beginning program courses require an original investment of between $100 and $300 and students are expected to add needed tools and materials as the program progresses.

Program Admission Requirements

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENG 121 English Composition I : GT-CO1 1 3
MAT 107 Career Math 3
Or GT-MA1 course
 
MGD 101 Introduction to Computer Graphics 1 3
MGD 116 Typography I 1 3
ART 121 Drawing I 1 3
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
ART 132 Visual Concepts 3-D Design 3
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
MGD 105 Typography and Layout 1 3
MGD 111 Adobe Photoshop I 3
MGD 112 Adobe Illustrator I 3
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
ART 111 Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1 3
ART 131 Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3
MGD 141 Web Design I 3
MGD 203 Design and Concept 3
MGD 213 Electronic Prepress 3
 Subtotal15
Fourth Semester
ART 112 Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1 3
ART 139 Digital Photography I 3
ART 151 Painting I 3
MGD 114 Adobe InDesign 3
MGD 289 Capstone 3
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits60
1

 Building Block Course

Certificate in Graphic Design

Graphic Design Certificate

Courses in the certificate sequence are applicable to the Graphic Design AAS Degree. On completion of major requirements, students may choose one of three emphases, each of which will prepare students for a career in graphic design. MGD 101 is prerequisite to all computer classes. This certificate is fully transferable to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design. Please see an Academic Advisor about this pathway.

Program Admission Requirements

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
MGD 101 Introduction to Computer Graphics 1 3
MGD 116 Typography I 1 3
ART 131 Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3
 Subtotal9
Second Semester
MGD 105 Typography and Layout 1 3
MGD 112 Adobe Illustrator I 3
MGD or ART Elective 2 3
 Subtotal9
Third Semester
MGD 203 Design and Concept 3
MGD 213 Electronic Prepress 3
MGD or ART Elective 2 3
 Subtotal9
Fourth Semester
MGD 289 Capstone 3
 Subtotal3
 Total Credits30
1

 Building Block Course

2

 Choose from the following Electives:

ART 139  Digital Photography I

ART 151  Painting I

MGD 111  Adobe Photoshop I

MGD 114  Adobe InDesign

MGD 141  Web Design I