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Applied Design/Media: Graphics

Award Type: Associate in Science

The Applied Design-Graphics program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment. A variety of design career options are available including illustration, graphic design, design for print and digital publishing, web design and 3-D modeling. Introductory courses will provide individuals with hands on experience using a number of visual mechanics techniques and software applications. Core courses will teach students an understanding of visual communications and provide a strong foundation of digital imagery concepts and skills. Capstone courses offer a unique opportunity to create a collective portfolio of student work.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Applied Design/Media: Graphics will:

  • Create and develop visual form in response to graphic communication problems using the principles of visual organization and composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful images.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in specific technologies to digitally create, capture and manipulate imagery and design components in the development of professional quality graphics for print and/or digital publishing.
  • Integrate artistic expression, professional attitudes and effective working habits as individuals or as members of a team.
  • Produce a digital portfolio that showcases individual graphic design competencies.
  • Apply methods of critical thinking through research, analysis, conceptualization and prototyping in the development of effective design solutions for a selection of visual communication problems.

Program Requirements

A major of 35 units is required for the associate in science degree.

Required core courses (26 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ART 108 Design 1 on the Computer 3.0
or
GRPH 108 Design 1 On The Computer 3.0
or
ART 110 Design 1 3.0
GRPH 110 Introduction to Graphic Design 3.0
GRPH 111 Digital Imagery Lab 1.0
GRPH 112 Digital Imagery 3.0
GRPH 113 Digital Illustration 3.0
GRPH 114 Digital Illustration Lab 1.0
GRPH 115 Digital Design and Publishing 3.0
GRPH 116 Digital Portfolio 3.0
GRPH 117 Typography 3.0
MMAC 101 Introduction to Multimedia 2.0
MMAC 102 Introduction to Multimedia Lab 1.0

Plus a minimum of 9 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ART 106 Art of the 20th Century 3.0
ART 112 Design Color Theory 3.0
ART 120 Drawing 1 3.0
FILM 101 Film as Art and Communication 3.0
FILM 126 Introduction to Motion Graphics 3.0
or
MMAC 126 Introduction to Motion Graphics 3.0
GRPH 118 Introduction to Web Graphics 3.0
GRPH 120 Advanced Design for Publishing 3.0
GRPH 127 History of Graphic Design 3.0
GRPH 130 3D Modeling For Production 3.0
GRPH 189 Independent Projects in Graphics 1.0 - 3.0 units
MMAC 114 Dynamic Internet Design 3.0