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Graphic Design


View Graphic Design (R): 304A 
View Computer Graphics: Art and Animation Certificate (R): 175

View Graphic Design with Digital Tools Certificate (R): 239
View Illustration(R): 305 


There are two tracks leading to the A.A.S. in graphic design; graphic design and illustration. In addition, two certificate curricula are offered: (1) computer graphics: art and animation and (2) graphic design with digital tools.

Appropriate courses may be used toward development of marketable skills, for vocational interests, or for possible transfer. A student interested in any of the A.A.S. or certificate curricula should consult an academic adviser in the Communication Arts Technologies Department.


Graphic Design (R): 304A

Graphic Design A.A.S.

Revised: Effective Semester — Spring 2011

The graphic design track prepares the student for employment in the field of graphic communication. Emphasis is placed on the creative application of design principles and the solution of problems in graphic design and communication, using both traditional and digital tools.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
English foundation 3
  Health foundation  
Mathematics foundation 3
Speech foundation 3
Distribution  Courses    
AR 101 Introduction to Drawing (ARTD) 3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Program Requirements
AR 103 Design Studio: 2-Dimensional 3
AR 108 Art History:  1400 to Present 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing * 3
GD 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts 4
GD 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I
GD 124 Fundamentals of Graphic Design II 3
GD 127 Graphic Design Workflow
GD 212 Publication Design with InDesign

OR

GD 218 Graphic Design for the Web 4
GD 214 Photoshop for Graphics and Photography 4
GD 216 Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4
GD 224 Graphic Design III 3
TR 110 Video Editing 3
Total credit hours  60

 

*Choose GD elective if student places out of EN 101

Program Outcomes for the Graphic Design, A.A.S.:  Graphic Design Track
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate solid foundation skills and competency in a range of media, techniques, and knowledge of associated processes.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving that employs appropriate technical skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to express ideas and concepts creatively.
  • Apply principles of design and typography to the processes employed in the graphic design industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary of design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present and critique concepts and designs.
  • Develop portfolio representative of the material and techniques studied, suitable for employment or transfer to another institution.

Computer Graphics: Art and Animation Certificate (R): 175

Revised: Effective Semester — Summer 2007

This certificate curriculum emphasizes the aesthetic knowledge and technical skills necessary to produce effective computer graphics and animation. Upon completing the curriculum, students may enter the commercial job market, apply this certificate toward a degree in computer graphics at another institution, or advance with their artistic careers.

AR 101 Introduction to Drawing 3
AR 103 Design Studio:  2-Dimensional 3
CA 125 Introduction to Flash 4
GD 120 Introduction to Digital Arts 4
GD 140 Introduction to Animation 4
GD 240 Animation 2:  3-D Modeling 4
TR 101 Digital Video/Audio 4
  Electives* 3-4
 
Total credit hours  29-30

* Select six to eight credit hours from the following list: AR 105, AR 201, AR 205, AR 224,  CT 183, GD 116, GD 121, GD 124, GD 134, GD 214, GD 216, GD 224, HP 251, and PG 214.  CT 183 and GD 224 have prerequisites that may be waived at the department's discretion. It is suggested that those certificate candidates who wish to pursue a career in graphics for publication take GD 110 and GD 214 as electives.

Program Outcomes for the Computer Graphics: Art and Animation Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to use various software programs to produce competent digital still images and animations that adhere to formal artistic criteria.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and use various input and output devices as they are applied to digital still images and animations.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of various hardware platforms as they apply to the creation of digital still images and animations.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to employ creatively the elements and principles of design within a fine art composition.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to use basic color theory in the creation of a digital still image and animation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a script and prepare a storyboard for two and three dimensional animations with audio.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique contemporary and historical fine art compositions, graphic images, and animations both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of art history as it applies to still and moving images.
  • Develop organized work habits.
  • Develop a portfolio representing the highest quality work that they have produced using the mediums studied, including digital still images, two and three dimensional animations.

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Graphic Design with Digital Tools Certificate(R): 239

Revised: Effective Semester — Spring 2011

This certificate prepares the student for immediate employment in graphic design using the computer in today’s digital art and design studio. Courses are designed to provide from introductory to advanced training in the skills necessary to succeed as a professional in this industry.

Program Requirements
GD 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts 4
GD 212 Publication Design with InDesign 4
GD 214 Photoshop for Graphics and Photography 4
GD 216 Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4
GD 218 Graphic Design for the Web 4
TR 110 Video Editing 3
Elective Courses* (6-8 credits)
AR 101 Introduction to Drawing 3
AR 103 Design Studio:  2-Dimensional
3
CA 125 Introduction to Flash 4
CA 272 Professional Web Site Development 4
GD 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I 3
GD 124 Fundamentals of Graphic Design II

3

GD 230 Advanced Image Editing and Correction 4
PG 161 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
Total credit hours 29-31
* Students with no graphic design background should select GD 121 and GD 124 to complete their electives.
Program Outcomes for the Graphic Design with Digital Tools Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to express ideas and concepts creatively.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving that employs digital technical skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrate currency in the digital tools employed in graphic design.
  • Apply principles of design and typography to web and print media design.
  • Demonstrate technical mastery of the digital tools employed in graphic design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the vocabulary of design.
  • Develop a portfolio representative of the material and techniques studied, suitable for employment or professional advancement.

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Illustration(R): 305

Graphic Design A.A.S.

Revised: Effective Semester —  Spring 2013

This track prepares the student for employment as an illustrator. Subject interpretation, communication, and technical skills are stressed in the preparation of the student’s portfolio.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
English foundation 3
Health  foundation 1
Mathematics foundation 3
Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses
AR 101 Introduction to Drawing (ARTD) 3
Behavioral land social sciences distribution 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Program Requirements
AR 103 Design Studio:  Two Dimensional 3
AR 107 Art History:  Ancient to 1400 3
AR 108 Art History:  1400 to Present 3
AR 115 Figure Drawing I 3
AR 201 Painting I 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing

OR

   
  GD elective* 3
GD 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts  

OR

 
GD 120 Introduction to the Digital Arts 4
GD 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I
GD 134 Illustration I 3
GD 135 Illustration II
GD 136 Digital Illustration 3
GD 216 Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4
GD 234 Illustration III 3
Total credit hours  61
*Choose GD elective if student places out of EN 101.
Program Outcomes for the Graphic Design A.A.S. Degree - Illustration

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate solid foundation skills and competency in a range of media, techniques, and knowledge of associated processes.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving that employs appropriate technical skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to express ideas and concepts creatively.
  • Apply principles of design, drawing and conceptualizing to the processes employed in the illustration industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary of illustration.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present and critique concepts and illustrations.
  • Develop a portfolio representative of the material and techniques studied, suitable for employment or transfer to another institution.

Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements
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