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2013-14 Catalog 
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Graphic Design, A.S.

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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 Requirements

Total Credits Required: 63


History elective: choose from any of the Mode 6 History choices: HIS* 101 , HIS* 102 , HIS* 121 , HIS* 122 , HIS* 201  or HIS* 202 

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