2018-2019

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design

This multidisciplinary degree program prepares students to apply the principles and elements of design to create original graphic design work in digital media and web design. Students will create digital works using cutting-edge software, such as the Adobe Suite, including Dreamweaver, Animate (formerly Flash), Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Students receive training in a wide range of activities including typography, publication design, and computer-aided graphic design. Students will develop skills in clear and effective visual communication. Presentation of information (i.e., selection of colors, paper, and media) is also emphasized.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply graphic design concepts to produce original digital works.
  • Utilize typography to design print media.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate color selection for print and non-print media.
  • Utilize website development tools to create and implement a website.
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills in application software relevant to the graphic design field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the graphic design field, including its employment opportunities and future direction.

Note:

It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 101.

For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses

* For GD 294, Internship Program,  3.0 GPA and recommendation from a CIS full-time faculty required. 


General Education(21 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Category 2 - Mathematics 3 - 4
Technology (6 credits)
CIS 107 Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications 3
CIS 125 Microcomputer Software I 3
Social Science (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Category 5 - Social Science 3
Humanities (3 credits)
AE 103 Art History I 3

Career Requirements(39 - 40 credits)

Code Name Credits
AR 101 Drawing I 3
BU 101 Introduction to Business 3
COM 103 Foundations of Communication Theory and Media Design 3
AR 108 Two-Dimensional Design 3
GD 110 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
GD 170 Website Design & Tools 3
GD 205 Typography 3
GD 210 Computer Enhanced Layout and Design 3
GD 211 Advanced Graphic Design 3
GD 230 Portfolio Presentation 2
GD 273 Web Graphics 3
GD 295 Graphic Design Capstone 2
PT 101 Introduction to Photography 3
Choose one (1) of the following courses
CIS 127 Microcomputer Software III 3
COM 104 Video Production 3
GD 294 Internship Program 2

Total Credits 60 - 61


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
AR 101 Drawing I 3.0
CIS 107 Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications 3.0
College-Level Mathematics Elective 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
GD 110 Introduction to Graphic Design 3.0
Total 15.0
Second Semester Credits
AR 108 Two-Dimensional Design 3.0
CIS 125 Microcomputer Software I 3.0
GD 170 Website Design & Tools 3.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
GD 205 Typography 3.0
Total 15.0
Third Semester Credits
BU 101 Introduction to Business 3.0
AE 103 Art History I 3.0
COM 103 Foundations of Communication Theory and Media Design 3.0
GD 210 Computer Enhanced Layout and Design 3.0
GD 273 Web Graphics 3.0
Total 15.0
Fourth Semester Credits
GD 211 Advanced Graphic Design 3.0
GD 230 Portfolio Presentation 2.0
PT 101 Introduction to Photography 3.0
GD 295 Graphic Design Capstone 2.0
Social Science Elective 3.0
CIS 127 Microcomputer Software OR COM 104 Video Production OR GD 204 Internship Program 2.0 - 3.0
Total 15.0 - 16.0