Program Guide
Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Science

This program guide lists the current requirements for this degree. See bottom of page for a link to previous versions of this program guide.
Fine Arts & Social Science
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Students will be prepared both creatively and technically for a wide range of design fields under the general area of visual communications. Depending upon their program options, subjects include: design for print, web, multimedia, motion and media graphics, corporate identity, advertising, editorial, promotional design and illustration. In addition to regular coursework, all students are required to enroll in a three-credit internship where they will find placement with a host employer involved in the planning, creation and implementation of graphic design.

 
 

Occupational Specialty Courses

 
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    ART.-131  Drawing   
    ART.-132  Drawing II   
    ART.-133  Basic Illustration   
    ART.-141  Basic Two-Dimensional Design   
    ART.-145  Intro to Digital Design   
    ART.-146  Typography and Type Design   
    ART.-246  Self-Promotion & Portfolio Design   
    ART.-248  Graphic Design Internship   
 

Occupational Specialty Courses - Select 1 Option

 


General Option

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    ART.-110  Art Appreciation   
  or  ART.-111  Art History Survey Prehistoric to 14 C   
  or  ART.-112  Art History Survey Renaissance to Modern   
  or  ART.-116  Art History Survey Non Western Art   
    ART.-121  Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process   
    ART.-122  Graphic Design Survey   
    ART.-242  Corporate ID & Promo Design   
    ART.-243  Communication Design Across Cultures   
    ART.-244  Publication Design for Print   
    ART.-245  Publication Design for Web I   


Illustration Option

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    ART.-110  Art Appreciation   
  or  ART.-111  Art History Survey Prehistoric to 14 C   
  or  ART.-112  Art History Survey Renaissance to Modern   
  or  ART.-116  Art History Survey Non Western Art   
    ART.-121  Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process   
    ART.-122  Graphic Design Survey   
    ART.-135  Figure Drawing   
    ART.-142  Basic Three-Dimensional Design   
    ART.-233  Advanced Illustration   
    ART.-242  Corporate ID & Promo Design   
    ART.-243  Communication Design Across Cultures   
    ART.-244  Publication Design for Print   
    ART.-245  Publication Design for Web I   
    ART.-235  Printmaking I   
  or  ART.-231  Advanced Drawing   


Motion & Media Graphics Option

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    ART.-121  Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process   
  or  MAET-110  Media History and Theory   
    ART.-122  Graphic Design Survey   
  or  MAET-120  Media Aesthetics   
    ART.-275  Intro to Creative Digital Video   
    ART.-276  Motion Graphics for TV and Video   
    MAET-100  Intro to Media Production   
    MAET-180  Intro to Screenwriting   
    MAET-200  Television Production   
    MUS.-186  Introduction to Film Music   
Group Total  45-58 75-100  
 

Related Requirement Courses

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    PHOT-180  Basic Photography   
Group Total  6 6  
 

Recommended Elective Courses

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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      Any ART. course not already required above  3-4  4-6 
      Any PHOT course not already required above  3-4 
      Any MAET course not already required above  3-4  3-6 
    ANTH-211  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology   
    BUSN-253  Advertising   
    BUSN-255  Principles of Marketing   
    COMT-120  Digital Media Production I   
    COMT-220  Digital Media Production II   
    ENGL-271  Film As Literature   
    MKT.-153  Sales Promotion Methods   
    MUS.-186  Introduction to Film Music   
    FILM-181  Introduction to Film   
Group Total  As needed  
 

General Education Requirements (minimum of 18 credits required)

 


English Composition (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
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    ENGL-101  English Composition I   
  or  ENGL-103  Composition for Technical Fields I   


Humanities (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
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    ART.-110  Art Appreciation   
  or  ART.-111  Art History Survey Prehistoric to 14 C   
  or  ART.-112  Art History Survey Renaissance to Modern   
  or  ART.-116  Art History Survey Non Western Art   
  or  ART.-121  Intro to Graphic Design Theory & Process   
  or  ART.-122  Graphic Design Survey   


Social Science (3 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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      Complete any 100 level or higher Social Science course 


Mathematics (3-4 credits)

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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      Test out by placing into MATH 120 or higher on the MCC Placement test OR Complete any 100 level or higher Mathematics course  3-4  3-4 


Additional General Education Credits to Fulfill General Education Requirements

 
note    course Description Credit
Hours
Contact
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    ENGL-102  English Composition II   
    ART.-145  Intro to Digital Design   
Group Total  18 18  
     
    Credit
Hours
Contact
Hours
 
      PROGRAM TOTAL: 63-75 90-118  
 

NOTES:

1.  PORTFOLIO REVIEW/SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION:  Prior to enrolling in any 200-level Graphic Design courses, students must have achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in studio art courses.  Students must also submit a Supplemental Application to the Program Coordinator in Graphic Design.  Students must have completed ART. 141, 131, 132, 145 and 146, 121 and ENGL 101.  Their Supplemental Application includes a request for a Portfolio Review and a written essay.  In the portfolio, students must show proficiency in ART. 141, 131, 132, 145 and 146 to a committee of at least three Art/Design faculty and the Graphic Design Program Coordinator who will review the student's portfolio based upon a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, Technical mastery, Creative/Conceptual applications, Color and Composition and Presentation.  The essay submitted by the student must be at least two pages (12 pt/double-spaced, Times Roman, 1-inch margins all around, plus cover) and discuss the student's goals and objectives in their career or further education and their response to the creative process in visual communications.

2.  APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION PORTFOLIO REVIEW:  Students who are nearly ready to graduate and who are in the process of taking ART. 246 - Self-Promotion & Portfolio Design will undergo a final departmental portfolio review as part of their course and graduation requirements.  By week 14, the student must make a formal portfolio presentation for evaluation.

 

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