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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Graphic Design, Associate in Fine Arts

Effective: Fall, 2016

The Associate of Fine Art degree program in graphic design teaches students how to develop design concepts and aesthetically arrange type and image in order to plan and produce intelligent visual communication solutions to client problems or self-authored work. Visual communication skills are developed within the constraints of time, budget, and technology. These solutions may include a variety of print based and digital media materials.  The Associate in Fine Arts degree program in graphic design will challenge students and prepare them to transfer to a four-year Bachelor of Fine Art programs while still supporting students who seek career positions such as entry-level designers, freelance designers, and print production artists.

Students will be provided with all foundation-level studio courses with a primary concentration in graphic design. First-year requirements must be satisfied before beginning second-year course work. Any remediation in Reading, English or Mathematics must be completed before beginning third semester courses.  


Program Outcomes

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

  • Use the basic tools and techniques of the graphic designer.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of two and three- dimensional design, color theory, drawing and art historical references.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines and incorporate critique recommendations in the work.
  • Use computer technology in the execution of design projects.
  • Practice critical thinking skills through the production and evaluation of artwork.
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating the ability to solve design problems.

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 64-65 curriculum credit requirement.

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Third Semester (15 credits)

ART 213 - Page Layout3
ART 215 - Typography3
ART 225 - Prepress and Printing Processes3
ART 230 - Graphic Design I3
Any transferable Diversity and Social Justice (DJ) designated Social Science course (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (16 credits)

ART 227 - Web Graphics3
ART 228 - Motion Graphics3
ART 231 - Graphic Design II3
ART 232 - Portfolio Seminar3
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry (SI) designated Science course (4 credits)

Total Credits: 64-65

 Students are strongly advised to consult with both the DCCC Transfer Office and their academic advisor when selecting courses