The Associate of Applied Science degree of Graphic Design prepares students for a wide range of entry-level computer graphics careers. Courses are taught in both Windows and Mac environments to give students a cross-platform experience so they are comfortable working with either system. Graphic design courses include experience with software for print media, multimedia, and web design.
A major focus of the program is to incorporate graphic design skills with computer technology and business skills. The blending of information from these three areas provides students a well-rounded background for in-house marketing and design for businesses and organizations, entrepreneurial endeavors, or work in design studios and advertising agencies.
Aspects stated above encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and in doing so contribute to society through visual excellence that is realized through lifelong learning.
Perform tasks related to entry level employment in the graphic design industry
Demonstrate skill in visual problem solving
Use effective communication skills necessary for a career in graphic design
Determine and use appropriate software for given visual problem solving situations
Apply business fundamentals learned to employment in a graphic design setting
Develop a print and electronic portfolio to be used in finding entry level employment in graphic design
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design is intended for students seeking employment immediately following graduation. Opportunities exist in both the print and multimedia industries in areas of retailing, advertising, and business. Graduates may seek employment with companies that have already been established or they may take advantage of opportunities provided by advances in technology to operate their own businesses.