Jun 07, 2023  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, A.S.*

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Associate Degree Programs

Program Design

The purpose of the Graphic Design associate degree program is:

  • to provide a graphic design transfer program in the area of design, fine arts, art education, computer graphics and advertising;
  • to offer a degree program for those considering an entry-level position in related commercial art fields; and
  • to provide greater technical knowledge and awareness of the creative visual arts to the community.

The program is structured to equip students with a sound foundation in technical skills, graphic design concepts, aesthetics, terminology and vocabulary, and to provide an awareness of the application of acquired technical knowledge. Computer use will be an integral part of the program.


Students may enroll in art and graphic design courses full- or part-time. There are no requirements or prerequisites for students wishing to take courses part-time or as electives for other programs.

Graphic design/fine arts faculty members are available for consultation with students who wish to enroll in the program and, thereafter, for course selection and transfer information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Graphic Design degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of graphic design as a form of communication and art.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to use design processes and principles to create visual products that convey a specific message to a targeted audience.
  3. Demonstrate creative thinking skills and strategies and use problem-solving techniques across a wide range of media.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how creative processes and skills are integrated with printing and other reproduction processes found in the graphic design field.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of new technologies such as computer graphics that continue to evolve into important production tools.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of the varied career paths within the graphics industry including, but not limited to, art direction, illustration, project design, production art, graphic design and media direction.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Graphic Design, A.S. Required Courses

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.


  • COM* 173  is recommended as the Humanities elective choice for students planning to transfer to a 4-year state university in the future.
  • If a student is interested in transferring to another institution it is recommended that the student speaks to the Program Coordinator or program faculty as early as possible to discuss course selection and transferability.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Associate Degree Programs