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Graphic Design and Rich MediaRequirements

Explore the classes that will give you the artistic and technical skills to launch your graphic design career. 

The core graphic design courses include an intensive study of Adobe design software used by industry professionals. Learn the difference between how a design looks on a computer versus when printed. You’ll also learn web fundamentals for graphic designers, including HTML and web design. 

In a series of three graphic design production classes, practice everything you’ve learned and build a portfolio you can show to potential employers. Choose between an internship to get practical work experience with a local company and an in-depth web presentation software class. 

Along with general education courses, choose from electives including art appreciation, drawing and the psychology of workplace relationships.
 

Row Groupings Major Requirements: Credits
required

Explores the complete set of web authoring skills using HTML and/or other languages. The course covers links, backgrounds, controlling text and graphic placement, tables, image maps and forms. Three credits.

3
required

Covers the creation and production of graphic projects, emphasizing the layout creative design process, problem solving, and research. Provides experience producing thumbnails, roughs and digital layouts emphasizing refined creative typography. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers the design process and creative problem solving. Design and color theories, fundamentals, styles, stages area applied to workups, finished art, and presentations. Emphasis will be on line, form, composition, and continuity. Three credits.

3
required

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as an illustration, design and photo retouching tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos. Course competencies and outline follow those set out by the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop. Three credits.

3
required

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Illustrator as an illustration, design and vector drawing tool. Students learn how to use the tools to create digital artwork that can be used in web design, print media, and digital screen design. Course competencies and outline follow those set by the Adobe certified Associate exam in Visual Communication using Adobe Illustrator. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces students to InDesign, a page layout program which integrates seamlessly with other Adobe design programs. InDesign delivers creative freedom and productivity to DTP. Class discussions and independent projects supplement hands-on classroom work. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces web site planning, design and creation utilizing HTML through industry-standard development tools [may list specific software]. Emphasis is placed on applying stylistic decisions using cascading style sheets. Web-based considerations regarding color, typography, aesthetics, user interface design, and process integration with visual-based design tools will be explored. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 and CWB 110 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Develops and reinforces image composition techniques learned in Adobe Photoshop I, MGD 111. Fundamentals are continuously reinforced as new design techniques are introduced. Students may enroll in MGD 111 and MGD 211 in the same semester, but courses may not be taken concurrently. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Enables the student to continue development of electronic drawing skills through practice and use of state of the art illustration software. Students may enroll in MGD 112 and MGD 212 in the same semester, but courses may not be taken concurrently. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 112 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Explores in detail the electronic pre-press process. Students examine steps for preparing a digital file for trapping, output considerations and proofing techniques. Creating effective electronic designs and efficient use of today`s software programs are also covered.  Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 114 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Provides an opportunity to combine several draw and paint applications into one design and layout class. Students will explore advanced techniques in creating and designing computer art. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Continues design and production techniques with further instruction in computer file set-up and creation of camera-ready art. Use of black and white and spot color for a variety of design projects. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 256 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers advanced study in design and production techniques and processes, including use of full color for publication design and book formats, advertising campaigns, business reply mail, promotional items, and editorial design. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 260 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Presents a guide to freelance work and a study of business practices and procedures and models unique to creative occupations (graphic design, web design, animation, fine arts). Discussion includes determining charges, business forms, business planning, tax structure, licenses and registration, self-promotion (resume, website, portfolio, business identity package). Course may include visits by professionals in the field and discussion of career opportunities in a quickly changing career field. Three credits.

3
Variable Credit  Select 1 elective course from the following: 
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. One to six credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 256 with a grade of "C" or better

1 to 6
required

.Covers control of presentational elements of documents by effectively separating page structure from the presentation or design of that page using a style language, controlling page formatting, image inclusion, page layout, and hyperlinks. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 110 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Total Required Major Credits 45
Row Groupings General Education Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the cultural significance of the visual arts, including media, processes, techniques, traditions, and terminology. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the knowledge base to understand the visual arts, especially as related to Western culture. This course surveys the visual arts from the Ancient through the Medieval periods. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Investigates the various approaches and media that students need to develop drawing skills and visual perception. Three credits.

3
required

Explores expressive drawing techniques with an emphasis on formal composition, color media and content or thematic development. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ART 121 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 093. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on interactions among people including their conflicts, cooperative efforts, and group relationships. This course examines why beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors cause relationship problems in our personal lives and in work-related situations. Additionally, this course emphasizes the analysis of human behavior, the application of prevention strategies, and resolution of the behavior. Three credits.

3
required

Examines the communication involved in interpersonal relationships occurring in family, social and career situations. Relevant concepts include self-concept, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict.  This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Three credits.

3
Choose one of the following:  Choose 1 from the following MAT courses:
required

Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. This course may be used for the A.A.S. degree only. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor.  Four credits.

4
required

Highlights connections between mathematics and the society in which we live and is intended for liberal arts majors. Topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistical methods, and consumer mathematics. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor.  Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Four credits.

4
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

3
Total Required General Education Credits 15-16
Total Credits for A.A.S. Degree 60-61