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GRAPHIC ARTS TECHNOLOGY DEGREE - GRAPHIC DESIGN

Program Overview

This 64 credit-hour program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the graphic arts industry. This degree provides a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for new jobs as well as provide career advancement opportunities. The curriculum includes current application instruction with a focus on creative design techniques. Emphasis is on graphic and web design, including a complete understanding of print production. All students in the program complete a required sequence of classes and then select this graphic design specialty to be employable in this visual communication industry or transfer to a 4 year program.

This sequenced degree plan is one of four options that students may pursue to earn the Graphic Arts Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

Program Requirements

FIRST SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ENG 101 Composition 3 Communications
GRA 101 Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology 3 Program Requirement
GRA 102 Graphic Arts Desktop Publishing 3 Program Requirement
GRA 103 Digital Imaging I 3 Program Requirement
Mathematics1 3 Mathematics

SECOND SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ENG 102 Composition 3 Communications
GRA 105 Color Management 3 Program Requirement
GRA 112 Digital Illustration I 3 Program Requirement
GRA 120 Graphic Design I 3 Program Requirement
GRA 130 Introduction to Photography 2 Program Requirement
Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Social and Behavioral Science

THIRD SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ART 121 Design I 3 Humanities
GRA 111 Press Operations 3 Program Requirement
GRA 145 Wordpress and Mobile Technologies or
WEB 150 Web Foundations 3 Program Requirement
GRA 229 Page Layout 3 Program Requirement
Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
GRA 113 Digital Imaging II 3 Program Requirement
GRA 131 Digital Photography I 3 Program Requirement
GRA 220 Graphic Design II 3 Program Requirement
GRA 221 Graphic Portfolio Design 2 Program Requirement
GRA elective2 3 Program Requirement
MKT 245 Principles of Marketing 3 Program Requirement

1 - A competency test, available in the Testing Center, may be utilized to meet the mathematics requirement (MTH 065 or higher with a grade of C or better). Students who utilize the competency test to meet the mathematics requirement must complete an additional three-hour graphic arts course. See program coordinator for recommended courses.

+ - One three credit-hour course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences electives for the AAS degree is required and one three credit-hour course from the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science electives for the AAS degree is required. At least one of the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements must also meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.

2 - Graphic Arts electives: GRA 145, GRA 202, GRA 211, GRA 213, GRA 214, GRA 222, GRA 230, GRA 231, GRA 232, GRA 299, WEB 150

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  • demonstrate strong visual skills through graphic design.
  • demonstrate strong typography ability and principles of design knowledge.
  • utilize all graphic applications in layout and design.
  • comprehend the graphic arts workflow from design through print and finishing.
  • comprehend color management requirements in a graphic arts workflow.
  • create acceptable print-ready digital graphic files using industry standard preflight criteria.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and procedures in prepress, pressroom and bindery operations.
  • exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.
Last Updated: 11/17/17