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Graphic Communication: Graphic Design AAS


Graphic designers give form to the world of information. In magazines, newspapers, advertising, books, packaging, exhibitions, corporate graphics, signage, film and video, graphic designers communicate it all. They are the caretakers of information. Students in graphic design discover a world that has been revolutionized by the computer. Work that until recently had been done by hand is now conceived and executed digitally. New occupations - web page designer, game designer, multimedia designer, and more - emerge every year. This program prepares students, with high tech tools and a hands-on environment, to enter this digital workplace. Graduates use technology to inform, and they understand the responsibilities of that indispensable role in business, industry, and society. Tools used in the program are required, costing approximately $100. See Certificate Programs section for related certificate instruction. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 The Program prepares the student to exhibit understanding of conceptual and technological design formats and processes.
  • Students accomplish multitasking while working in a graphic design setting.
  • Students gain knowledge in advanced communication techniques through group critiques among a diverse peer audience.
  • Students demonstrate a command of the design process from research and analysis through to appropriate levels of presentation of the final product.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of a visual problem-solving process.
  • Students effectively utilize the elements of visual language including composition, visual priorities, image, and type.
  • Students develop appropriate and innovative solutions, working within the dynamics of the target market, with consideration for the project restrictions.
  • Students check all fine detail to ensure the professional quality of graphic design projects/products.
Goal 2 To develop students’ understanding of industry professional practice standards and creative standards.
  • Students utilize acquired skills necessary to demonstrate technical proficiency in craftsmanship, tool and material use through the development of a professional-level portfolio.
  • Students exhibit conceptual components through the organization and construction of sketch development folders included in a professional-level portfolio.
  • Students successfully present/discuss professional portfolio and resume to the instructor and their peers.
  • Students apply knowledge of design principles in the evaluation of one's own work and other designers' development of design solutions.
  • Students apply a working knowledge of the characteristics of color systems for both print and electronic media.
  • Students apply typographic skills and knowledge to the creation of original designs through application of typographic skills and abilities including selection, readability, legibility, and spacing.
  • Students apply a basic knowledge of compositional and navigational principles in executing web design work.
  • Students plan, organize, and deliver effective oral presentations.
  • Students apply knowledge of new media-at-large, IT, and web/online digital communications.
  • Students use time and resource management skills to achieve project goals.
Goal 3 Program provides advanced knowledge of Graphic Design through diverse historical and global perspectives.
  • Students exemplify a concentration in historical graphic design study providing them with global resources for inspirational use.
  • Students gather and organize information necessary to understand historical and contemporary design theory.
Goal 4 To provide opportunities for students to incorporate traditional and advanced research techniques needed to address global communication needs.
  • Students correctly utilize and cite both traditional and electronic (internet) sources for research purposes.
  • Students research, use, and manipulate existing images within acceptable ethical and legal guidelines under appropriate supervision and direction.
Goal 5 To provide training that encourages students to take a responsible role in business, industry and society.
  • Students will become members of the MVCC AIGA student chapter.
  • Students will research and present topics on contemporary issues in the graphic design profession.
  • Students will attend presentations by visiting artists, designers and professional studios/firms and exhibitions, pending funding.
  • Students will develop professional contacts with opportunities for graphic design internships.
Goal 6 To prepare graduates to transfer to a four-year institution with full junior status or they are employed in the graphic design industry within 2 years.
  • Graduates transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Graduates are employed in the graphic design industry within 2 years.
Goal 7 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
FA100 Creativity in Art
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of creativity with an emphasis on understanding historically significant art styles. Students explore various types of visual expression and apply creative problem-solving principles to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects in a variety of media. Students are introduced to the masters, practices, and careers of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, graphic design, animation, film, digital media, illustration, and photography. See when this course is offered ...
FA101 General Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for visual communication. Coursework includes both the study of fundamentals of perspective and the theory of light and shade, as well as a survey of graphic representation. Classroom work consists of drawings that show line, value, tone, form, texture, space, and proportion. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
FA105 Foundation Design
This course introduces the visual elements and principles of design. Emphasis is placed on compositional concepts and the mastery of a visual language. Course projects explore a variety of media, processes, and techniques to provide a broad view of visual problem solving. See when this course is offered ...
GD121 Digital Typography
This course covers the fundamentals of typesetting and typography. It includes a study of the development of type designs, typesetting methods, type measurement, and page layout. Computers are used to prepare multi-color mechanicals while becoming familiar with one or more software programs appropriate for typesetting and page construction. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
Second Semester
FA103 Figure Drawing 1
This is an introductory course in drawing the human figure, focusing on the body’s geometric and anatomical structure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model and plaster sculpture casts. A hierarchy of form, working from general to specific, is emphasized. Studio work is supplemented by lectures and critiques on the principles of accurate representation of the human form in pictorial space, including gesture, proportion, anatomy, and light on form. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
FA106 Color Theory
This course investigates the role of color in the organization of the two-dimensional surface, as well as its practical use in our visual environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the mastery of value, hue, and temperature in physical and digital media. Students apply design composition principles, processes, and techniques to engage in creative problem solving. See when this course is offered ...
GC245 History of Graphic Design
This course covers graphic design as it evolved in the Twentieth Century from the practices of printing, typography, and art. It introduces the topics, strategies, context, and structure of graphic design along with influential theories. Emphasis is placed upon the political, economic, and social significance of graphic design in Western and non-Western cultures. See when this course is offered ...
GD145 Digital Applications 1
This course introduces contemporary text manipulation, digital imaging, and digital illustration software. Students produce projects demonstrating their knowledge of both the software and the interfaces between page layout, raster graphics, and vector graphics. No previous software knowledge is required. See when this course is offered ...
PT127 Creative Tech in Photography
This course introduces techniques used to create, edit, and manipulate photographs through both traditional and digital processes. Basic photographic principles and procedures are covered. Topics include the operation of SLR and DSLR cameras; wet lab photographic processes; digital methods and techniques; and alternative printing processes and media. The use of multiple forms of photographic media as a means of creative communication is emphasized. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
Third Semester
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
GD146 Digital Applications 2
This advanced course integrates contemporary text manipulation, digital imaging, and digital illustration software. Students complete industry standard projects demonstrating mastery of software. Prerequisite: GD 145 Digital Applications 1. See when this course is offered ...
GD221 Typography 1
This course explores visual problem solving as it relates to publication design. Students apply design principles and practice to various formats using the printed page. Students are introduced to the typographic grid and practice its application in the design process. Prerequisite: GD145 Digital Applications 1. See when this course is offered ...
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
GE Humanities Elective
HU186 Music Appreciation
This course develops musical perception, understanding, and appreciation. It features direct listening and live performances, and demonstrations in a variety of musical styles. It is appropriate for those with no formal musical training. See when this course is offered ...
HU187 Art Appreciation
This course develops perception, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts through an examination of the role of the artist in a diverse society. The artist is considered within cultural context through an introduction to Western and non-Western art history. Materials and techniques of art are studied with emphasis on the fundamental elements of artistic expression. A field trip to a gallery exhibit is required. Skill in art is not necessary. See when this course is offered ...
HU188 Film Appreciation
This course examines the development of film as a medium of artistic expression. Topics include cinematic vocabulary, camera techniques, editing, sound, auteur theory, and personalities. Feature films are analyzed during the laboratory component. See when this course is offered ...
HU204 History of Art 1
This course introduces the history of art from prehistoric times through the Sixteenth Century. Topics include Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
HU205 History of Art 2
This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
Fourth Semester
CG214 Motion Graphics
This course introduces students to methods of producing motion graphics. Students use problem solving to explore and produce design. Production timeline and graphical requirements of a multimedia project are demonstrated through the manipulation of digital images in a studio environment. Topics include planning, storyboarding, sequencing, compositioning, and designing still images integrated with the aesthetic issues of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D design. See when this course is offered ...
GD218 Graphic Design Seminar
This course prepares for entry into graphic design as a practicing professional. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of resumes and portfolios for professional presentation. It augments the ability to solve advanced graphic design problems in corporate identity. See when this course is offered ...
GD222 Typography 2
This course explores advanced visual typographic problem solving as it relates to print design. Students apply advanced design principles and practice as they prepare to create a professional portfolio. Advanced understanding and application of the typographic grid is applied to problems in the design process. Prerequisite: GD221 Typography 1. See when this course is offered ...
Core GE Natural Science
Core GE Social Science
PEXXX Physical Education Elective

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