2020-2021

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.

    General Education:

    In addition to the program-specific outcomes listed above, students completing the Associate degree programs are required to demonstrate proficiency in the General Education learning outcomes. Specific outcomes may vary by program; please refer to the program requirements below.


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
Technology (3 credits)
CIS 107 Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications 3
Social Science (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Category 5 - Social Science 3
Humanities (6 credits)
AE 103 Art History I 3
AE 104 Art History II 3

Career Requirements(39 credits)

Code Name Credits
AR 101 Drawing I 3
AR 108 Two-Dimensional Design 3
COM 103 Foundations of Communication Theory and Media Design 3
GD 101 Introduction to Digital Arts 2
GD 101L Introduction to Digital Arts Studio 1
GD 110 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
GD 170 Website Design & Tools 3
GD 205 Typography 3
GD 210 Layout and Publication Design 3
GD 211 Advanced Design and Motion Graphics 3
GD 236 Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation 3
GD 273 Web Graphics 3
GD 299 Graphic Design Portfolio 3
Choose one (1) of the following OPTIONS  (3 credits)
COM 104 Video Production 3
PT 101 Introduction to Photography 3
Or take both
BU 235 Job Seeking Techniques 1
GD 294 Internship Program 2

Total Credits 60


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
AE 103 Art History I 3.0
GD 170 Website Design & Tools 3.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
GD 205 Typography 3.0
GD 101 Introduction to Digital Arts 2.0
GD 101L Introduction to Digital Arts Studio 1.0
Total 15.0
Third Semester Credits
GD 210 Layout and Publication Design 3.0
AE 104 Art History II 3.0
AR 108 Two-Dimensional Design 3.0
GD 211 Advanced Design and Motion Graphics 3.0
GD 273 Web Graphics 3.0
Total 15.0
Fourth Semester Credits
GD 236 Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation 3.0
GD 299 Graphic Design Portfolio 3.0
COM 103 Foundations of Communication Theory and Media Design 3.0
Social Science Elective 3.0
PT 101 Introduction to Photography OR COM 104 Video Production OR GD 294 Internship Program WITH BU 235 Job Seeking Techniques 3.0
Total 15.0