Hegis Code - 5012, CIP Code - 50.0402

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: GRDS-AAS

     The Graphic Design curriculum links an intensive design 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 design. Although career preparation is an important goal of this program, the solid foundation in graphic design it provides 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 the prerequisites of core courses.

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

FIRST SEMESTER: 16-17 credits Credits
ART130: 2D Design 3
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
GRD101: Basic Graphic Design 3
GRD102: Adobe InDesign 3
GRD105: Digital Design College Seminar 1
  Mathematics Elective 3-4
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
ART116: Adobe Photoshop 3
ART133: Drawing I 3
ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
GRD103: Typographic Design 3
GRD207: History of Graphic Design 3
  Physical Education 1
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
ART134: Drawing II
or ART135: Life Drawing I
* COM101: Introduction Human Communication
or COM105: Public Speaking
or HUM121: Developing Creative Imagination in the Arts
GRD201: Publication Design 3
GRD203: Web Design I 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
GRD202: Communication Design 3
GRD204: Web Design II 3
GRD205: Graphic Design Portfolio Assessment 1
  Laboratory Science Elective 4
  Social Sciences Elective 3
  Physical Education 1

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

Graphic Design 26 credits
Visual Arts 12 credits
Humanities 9 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Mathematics / Science 7-8 credits
College Seminar 1 credit
Physical Education 2 credits