GRAPHIC ARTS TECHNOLOGY DEGREE - PACKAGE 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 and proprietary application instruction with a focus on creative package design techniques. Emphasis is on the packaging industry, including a complete understanding of print production for a variety of products. All students in the program complete a required sequence of classes and then select this package design specialty to be employable in this visual communication industry or transfer to a 4 year program.

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 229 Page Layout 3 Program Requirement
GRA 145 Wordpress and Mobile Technologies or
WEB 150 Web Foundations 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 213 Packaging, Finishing and Distribution 3 Program Requirement
GRA 214 Digital Illustration II 3 Program Requirement
GRA 220 Graphic Design II 3 Program Requirement
GRA 221 Graphic Portfolio Design 2 Program Requirement
GRA 222 Package Design 3 Program Requirement
GRA 230 Prepress Production 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 in this program who utilize the competency test to meet the mathematics requirement must complete an additional three credit-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.

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 and packaging 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 for packaging industry.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and procedures in prepress, pressroom and bindery operations for packaging.
  • exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.