Degree Programs

Graphic Communication: Graphic Design AAS

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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
1.0
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 ...
3.0
GD101 Foundation Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for reproduction. It includes the fundamentals of perspective, the theory of light and shade, and a survey of graphic representation. Projects are executed using line, value, form, texture, space, and proportion. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
GD111 Graphic Design Theory 1
This course introduces the elements and principles of design, including basic composition theory, graphic design methodology, and production and presentation skills. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency in the handling of tools and materials, and the mastery of a visual language via problem-solving. The course also introduces design on the desktop computer and use of technology in a studio environment. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
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 ...
3.0
GD141 Digital Illustration
This course introduces computer graphics and digital illustration by using desktop computers, video interfacing equipment, desktop scanners, and other devices to generate and output computer graphic images. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
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 DS080 Study Reading), 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. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
GD125 Graphic Design Theory 2
This course covers the application and importance of color to graphic design. Emphasis is placed on the symbolic, aesthetic, and psychological aspects of color. Experimentation and flexibility of approach are stressed, as are two- and three-dimensional applications. Color theory, subtractive color mixing, and additive color mixing are explored. Prerequisites: GD110 Digital Design, or both GD111 Graphic Design Theory 1 and GD141 Digital Illustration. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GT122 Digital Prepress
This course introduces prepress procedures that include document layout on the desktop computer, digital image assembly, planning and preparation for production, and printing output procedures. It provides practical, hands-on experience with equipment, materials and knowledge used in the industry and in subsequent courses. Prerequisite: GD121 Digital Typography. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT126 Basic Photography
This course introduces photography and the photograph as a medium of the graphic communicator. It covers photographic principles and procedures, including how to operate a 35mm adjustable camera, develop black-and-white film, make contact prints, and enlargements. The aesthetics of the photograph, and its use as a medium of graphic communications, is emphasized. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GD142 Digital Imaging
This course introduces digital imaging technologies impacting graphic communication. It explores the potential of imaging software, scanners, dye sublimation printers, and other technologies. The use of digital media and the creation of computer-based imagery are emphasized. It is balanced between aesthetic potential and technological mastery. It covers input image and text, and how to combine and manipulate those visual elements. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
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 ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
GD215 Graphic Design Theory 3
This course explores visual problem-solving as it relates to publication design. Design principles are tested by applying them to magazine cover design, brochure design, and annual reports. Experimentation in several areas of publication design is encouraged. Prerequisites: GD121 Digital Typography; and GD142 Digital Imaging or PT207 Digital Photography. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
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 ...
3.0
CG213 Graphic Design for the WWW
This course explores design concepts for the World Wide Web (WWW) while developing expertise in web-based typography, image file formats and sizes, hexadecimal color, frames, cascading style sheets, tables, and site interactivity. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of browser constraints, hypertext markup language (HTML), site planning, and site structure. Prerequisites: GD110 Digital Design or both GD141 Digital Illustration and GD142 Digital Imaging. PT207 Digital Photography may be substituted for GD142 Digital Imaging. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
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 MA 091 Introductory Algebra See when this course is offered ...
Tier 2 Art history Elective 3cr
Acceptable electives include: HU204 History of Art 1, HU205 History of Art 2, HU187 Art Appreciation, HU186 Music Appreciation, HU188 Film Appreciation, or other art history courses with permission of advisor and the Dean of the Center for Arts and Humanities. It is recommended that students considering transfer opportunities take HU204 History of Art 1 and HU205 History of Art 2 as their electives
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
3.0
GD220 Graphic Design Theory 4
This course introduces creative applications of typography, building upon vocabulary by mastering a series of visual problems typographically. Historic and contemporary applications are demonstrated. Traditional and digital media are used in executing graphic solutions. Prerequisites: GD125 Graphic Design Theory 2, and GD121 Digital Typography. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
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 ...
Tier 1 Natural Science 4cr
Tier 1 Social Science 3cr
Art history Elective 3cr
Acceptable electives include: HU204 History of Art 1, HU205 History of Art 2, HU187 Art Appreciation, HU186 Music Appreciation, HU188 Film Appreciation, or other art history courses with permission of advisor and the Dean of the Center for Arts and Humanities. It is recommended that students considering transfer opportunities take HU204 History of Art 1 and HU205 History of Art 2 as their electives
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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