Graphic Design, A.F.A.

Graphic design is the aesthetic arrangement of type and image in order to inform, educate, persuade or sell.  Graphic designers plan and produce visual solutions to client problems within the constraints of time, budget, and technology.  These solutions usually include printed or digital materials such as books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, letterheads, logo systems, posters, presentations and web pages.  The associate degree program in graphic design prepares students for positions in this field, such as entry-level designer, freelance designer, and print production artist.

The Associate in Fine Arts Degree will prepare students to transfer into a four-year Bachelor of Fine of Fine Arts program. Students will be provided with all foundation-level studio courses with a primary concentration in graphic design.

Any remediation in reading, English or mathematics must be completed before beginning third semester courses.  First-year requirements must be satisfied before beginning second-year course work.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Use the basic tools and techniques of the graphic designer.
  • Communicate in an effective and professional manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Compute mathematically on a level that will allow for the solution of common design problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines and incorporate critique recommendations in the work.
  • Use computer technology in the execution of design projects.
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating the ability to solve design problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design and art historical references.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills via the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.

The degree Associate in Fine Arts is awarded upon successful completion of the graphic design course sequence with a grade of "C" (2.0 GPA) or better in all graphic design courses.  A graphic design course with a grade lower than "C" must be repeated.

The faculty advisor may approve the Co-op/Internship as additional credits beyond the 63 curriculum credit requirement.

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Third Semester (15 credits)

ART 213 - Page Layout3
ART 215 - Typography3
ART 230 - Graphic Design I3
MAT 120 - Modern College Mathematics3
ART 199 Co-op/Internship or Open Elective 3 Credits

Total Credits: 63


Graphic Design, AFA-09/2011 to present