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Graphic Design &Rich Media

Graphic Design & Rich Media

Choose a program that excites you and gives you the opportunity to use your creativity through design and technology. The Aims Graphic Design and Rich Media program will show you how to communicate using typography, color, photography and illustrations together for print, web and animation design.

Possible career opportunities include:

If you are interested in communications and how ideas, art, graphics and color are creatively reproduced onto paper and the web, then consider a degree in Graphic Design and Rich Media in Animation, Web Design & Development, or Graphic Design. Then, check out our certificate options. 

We offer three Associate of Applied Science degrees

Graphic Design & Rich Media: Animation (A.A.S. degree) 60 credits
Get started in a program that allows you to use your creativity through animation and motion graphics! Learn to tell stories, promote products, and advertisements in a visually animated format in The Aims Graphic Design and Rich Media program. Our faculty can facilitate your learning experience to communicate with illustrations, photography and video on the web and in motion graphic design formats. Our program has state-of-the-art Apple computers and industry driven software that is supported by Aims, which maintains cutting-edge technology in all of its classrooms. The faculty have the knowledge and passion needed to help students grow and they are dedicated to student success.

Graphic Design & Rich Media: Graphic Design (A.A.S. degree) 60-64 credits
Choose a program that excites you and gives you the opportunity to use your creativity through design and technology! The Aims Graphic Design and Rich Media program will show you how to communicate using typography, color, photography and illustrations together for print, web and animation design. The program has state-of-the-art Macintosh equipment and software and support of the college in maintaining cutting-edge technology. The success of the program depends on continued support of local businesses in Northern Colorado. Companies contact the program when they are looking to employ new workers because they have confidence in the program’s students and know that they have the skills needed for an entry-level position in their company. The faculty have the knowledge and passion needed to help students grow and have real-life experiences and they are dedicated to student success.

Web Design & Development (A.A.S. degree) 60-64 credits
Web designers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web designers may create content for the site. The typical education needed to become a web designer is an associate’s degree in web design or related field. Web designers need knowledge of both programming and graphic design. When creating a website, designers and developers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients’ needs. Different types of websites may require different applications to work right. In this degree program, students will design their own web sites and eventually develop sites for clients’s in our local community to provide them with real-world experiences and prepare them to freelance or work for a company.

All of the courses in our certificates apply to our degrees. Add any certificate to your degree to make yourself more marketable in the industry.

Basic Animation (two-semester certificate) 12 credits
This is the basics, just the basics of 2D Animation that stresses storyboarding techniques, tweening, key framing and character drawing and design. Then ramp it up into the 3D world and develop models, build textures, set lights, cameras, animate your scenes and storylines using advanced tools often seen in movies and games.

Animation (two-semester certificate) 18 credits
Learn all the skills necessary to produce 2D Animations, 3D Models and Animation. Photo editing and Illustration courses have been added in order to make students more proficient and have a higher mastery level of their skill set. This certificate stresses storyboarding techniques, tweening, key framing and character drawing and design. Ramp it up into the 3D world and develop models, build textures, set lights, cameras, animate your scenes and storylines using advanced tools often seen in movies and games.

Graphic Software and Application (two-semester certificate) 12 credits
Get a basic understanding of the applications that drive the graphic design industry in this short but comprehensive introduction into photo manipulation and drawing tools that can get you started down a career path in graphic design.

Graphic Application (two-semester certificate) 21 credits
Take it to the next level by learning all of the essential applications that will make you a triple threat out in the industry. Get the inside track into advanced photo techniques, advanced illustration and page layout tools that will teach you valuable pre-press skills to get your foot in the door at any print company.

Graphics, Web and Motion (two-semester certificate) 24 credits
Set yourself apart from the crowd. Take a look at our newest certificate that has the “best combination of our courses to provide students with a strong employable skill set. Students will gain a good working knowledge from these courses. If you have just a bit of talent and you will find yourself very marketable in the fast paced world of graphics, web design and motion graphics.

Web Design (two-semester certificate) 21 credits
Get involved with this Web Design certificate that will provide you with all the introductory courses necessary to build and design web sites. Learn basic coding practices, style sheets and HTML markup; add that to color, typography, layout and design principles and you will be on your way to producing some of the finest sites on the web.

Web Design Specialist (two-semester certificate) 21 credits
Build on what you have learned in the Web Design certificate and move into advanced techniques using style sheets, work with content management systems, and produce content for mobile devices.

Essential Skills

Check out the essential skills guide, which lists commonly encountered qualities and skills typically necessary to succeed in a particular program or area of interest.