Graphic Design

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2013-2014 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in graphic design. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 62 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 47 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
GCAD 1100 Typography
This course is an introduction and study of the history, vocabulary, and principles of typography. Basic type identification, styles, and measurement will be discussed and practiced. The primary purpose of type as a means of communication combining readability and legibility will be reinforced. Design elements and principles will be presented in relation to designing with type.
3
GCAD 1250 Drawing Logic I
Fundamental principles of drawings and perspective based on observation and imagination.
3
GCAD 1300 Design I
Two-dimensional study of structural use of line, form, and color, including color theory.
3
GCAD 1310 Cooperative Internship I
A work study experience for students planned and supervised by the College in cooperation with employers. This cooperative experience will expand students' occupational knowledge and enhance students' employability. 2.0 GPA and permission of instructor required.
3
GCAD 1450 Graphic Arts I
A concentrated study of the design process using commercial computer applications to create graphic design images. The student will develop design principles and applications that provide a foundation for advanced graphic design course work.
3
GCAD 1500 Layout and Design I
An introductory level course using industry standard page layout software, with an emphasis toward developing expressive designs that communicate.
3
GCAD 1600 Design II
A continued investigation of spatial organization based on the principles of design. Exploration of art history will accent assignments. Individual interpretations of style and intent will develop.
3
GCAD 1700 Digital Photography
This course is designed to introduce the student to digital photography as it relates to the graphic design industry. The student will use imaging hardware (cameras, scanners, computers), and photo manipulation software; alter, combine, create and recreate custom images to graphic design industry specifications. Class projects require specific knowledge and skill-set techniques. Group class critiques will be held to develop the student’s professional level photography skills, visual aesthetic, and industry vocabulary.
3
INFO 1710 Web Page Development
The Web Page Development course is intended to show students what the basic HTML code is behind a web page and how to use HTML to construct a site. Topics covered include finding and using images, linking pages, making tables, frames, javascript, navigation, backgrounds, and design elements of a website.
1
INFO 1740 Dreamweaver Flash and Fireworks
This course provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide for basic to intermediate skills in Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. Concepts to be covered include: how to create a Dreamweaver Web site, add Flash which is a graphics program that allows the user to create or enhance graphics specifically for the Web. These skills will assist the user in creating dynamic Web sites.
3
GCAD 2100 Digital Prepress
This course is designed to familiarize students will multi-color reproduction theory and technique. Students completing the class will have a broad overview of multi-color printing processes so that they may effectively supervise or estimate printing operations, communicate technically with vendors or buyers, and design graphic products giving full consideration to the limitations inherent in multi-color printing processes.
3
INFO 2230 Web Page Development II
This course covers the use of graphics, animations, and multimedia in webpage design and production. Fundamentals of graphic production, layout design principles, animations, and the development principles of multimedia are included. A final project will incorporate graphics and multimedia.
3
GCAD 2300 Package Design
This course focuses on the development of three-dimensional designs, including the application of two-dimensional graphics as utilized in the corporate environment. The course stresses the use of visual and design concepts into corporate identity packaging.
3
GCAD 2450 Graphic Arts II
Advanced application of graphic design principles and processes, as expressed through the development of advanced projects in advertising and product design, which incorporate the use of industry-standard software.
3
GCAD 2500 Layout and Design II
Designed to develop proficiency in page layout and design by utilizing the latest desktop publishing software, including related work processing and graphic tools. The course emphasizes the successful completion of a publication by the student. Layout and Design II is intended to be a continuation of the work begun in Layout and Design I and concerns primarily the interaction of text forms and images into cohesive, clean designs.
3
BSAD 2520 Principles of Marketing
A study of the development of an effective marketing program including consumer behavior, product, pricing, distribution, and promotional strategies.
3
GCAD 2600 Graphic Design Capstone
This course is the culmination of layout and design principles as well as web design elements emphasizing projects focused on designing for identity. Students will be involved in several real world design projects using advanced methods of typography, package design, web design, campaign design and prepress.
3

Required Core Option Courses

Art 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ARTS 2000 Art History-Ancient to Gothic
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the Late Gothic. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 2010 Art History-Renaissance to Present
A survey of major works of art in all media from the Renaissance through Post Modernism. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 2050 Business Communications
Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.
3

Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECON 1040 Personal Finance
This course covers the basic principles needed for effective personal financial management including the practical applications of money management, budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, housing, investments, and retirement planning.
3

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