Hegis Code: 5012

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: GRDS-AAS

Fall 2015 Program Requirements Comparison

     The Graphic Design curriculum links an intensive art program with courses in the liberal arts to prepare students for positions in the field of graphic design. A graphic designer is a problem solver who integrates typography and images to create a visual communication in such areas as advertising, editorial, corporate, and publication designs. Although career preparation is an important goal of this program, it also provides a solid foundation in graphic design which can be transferred to many four-year colleges.

     The four-semester sequence starting every fall requires that acceptance into the graphic design curriculum is for FALL admission only. However, students may consult with the department for spring courses, but will be on a track consisting of five or more semesters due to core course prerequisites.

     Students matriculated in the Graphic Design curriculum must achieve a minimum grade of C in each Graphic Design/Visual Arts core course in order to continue on to the next course in the Graphic Design sequence and to qualify for graduation.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17.5-18.5 credits Credits
ART130: 2D Design 3
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
GRD101: Basic Graphic Design 3
GRD102: Adobe InDesign 3
  GRD105: Digital Design Freshman Seminar 1.5
  Mathematics Elective 3-4
  Physical Education 1
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 credits Credits
ART115: Adobe Illustrator 3
ART116: Adobe Photoshop 3
ART133: Drawing I 3
ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
GRD103: Typographic Design 3
GRD104: History of Graphic Design 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
ART145: Digital Photography I 3
* COM101: Introduction Human Communication
     or COM105: Public Speaking 3
     or HUM121: Developing Creative Imagination in the Arts 3
GRD201: Publication Design 3
GRD203: Web Media Design 3
Physical Education 1
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
ART134: Drawing II  
     or ART135: Life Drawing I 3
GRD202: Communication Design 3
GRD204: Web Media Production 3
GRD205: Graphic Design Portfolio Assessment 1
  Laboratory Science Elective 4
  Social Sciences Elective 3

* COM101 or COM105 is recommended for students transferring to a four-year institution.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

Graphic Design 25 credits
Visual Arts 12 credits
Computer Art 6 credits
Humanities 9 credits
Social Science 6 credits
Mathematics / Science 7-8 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits