Graphic Design is a broad field that involves the creation of visual solutions for the purpose of communicating a clientʼs message to an intended audience. Also sometimes called Visual Communications, graphic design balances creative and technical skills in order to address the content and context of a message in the appropriate media. Building upon the foundation skills of the visual arts, graphic design blends innovative visual and creative design thinking in order to support the objectives of society, business, education, or the wider community.
Students who are interested in pursuing graphic design in print, web, multimedia, video and motion graphics, illustration, comics or animation may find one of the three main tracks in the Graphic Design degree program a fulfilling and challenging objective.
The Associates of Applied Science degree offers three tracks that allow students to pursue a focused approach to their area of interest. These include:
The Loading... is designed to advance the skills of designers already working in the field but who need to strengthen, extend or replenish their creative and technical skills in Graphic Design. Participants in the Advanced Certificate must already have a degree in Graphic Design or a related field and will be required either to fulfill the pre-requisites for the courses through their prior degree coursework or submit to the coordinator a portfolio for consideration of pre-requisite waivers. As the graphic design industry encompasses a wider range of media, this certificate is meant to strengthen the skills in design and alternative media in order to improve a graduate's marketability in this fast-changing industry. Individual students can emphasize a specific area of Graphic Design by selecting elective courses that meet their goals.
The Loading... offers students a one-year option in graphic design. It will give them beginning art and design skills that could potentially allow them to enter the workforce as a production artist. It also provides them with foundation courses that would allow them to transfer into a Bachelors program in design.
Graduates of our program have gone on to work in creative and technical areas for a variety of different industries including:
Transferring – The AAS in Graphic Design is an occupational program that prepares students for entry level jobs. However, a large majority of our students choose to transfer after completing much or all of their AAS/GD in order to pursue Bachelorʼs degrees at many institutions including:
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The Graphic Design area of study offers state-of-the-art facilities for students to develop and practice their burgeoning skills in art and design. When not scheduled for class use, these studios are available as an Open Lab for students to use for homework and research. Facilities include: