Sep 24, 2023  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Essentials of Graphic and Product Design, AAS

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Minimum Credits: 60
Contact Hours: 72-83


This program provides students with comprehensive instruction to gain the knowledge and skills to work as a graphic designer, art director or multi-media professional. Instruction begins with core design training of the elements of design such as color, values, balance, proportion, texture, and the fundamentals of typography. Students will learn how to use design skills to create projects that will be digital imagery used in the art world. Software training is a critical component along with developing cognitive skills to assist with thinking conceptually. The overall goal is to provide students with the education that will assist them in creating a world-class portfolio.

An AAS in Graphic Design provides sufficient artistic and communication training for students who want to work as assistants in the field. Those who want to hold upper level positions will need to pursue further studies; such as a BFA in Graphic Design, after they earn this degree.

General Education Requirements: 13-16 credits

  • 3 cr.
  • or

  • 4 cr.
  • Select Intermediate Algebra (MTH-12000) or Applied Intermediate Algebra (MTH-12002) or higher or any lab science course from AST, BIO, CHE, GEL, or PHY: 4-5 cr.
  • Select one social science course from ECO, GEO, POL, PSY, or SOC: 3-4 cr.
  • Select any speech course: 3 cr.

Approved Electives: 9-12 credits

Select courses from the following electives until 60 credits are earned.

Suggested Sequencing of Courses:

Year 1 (Winter) 15 credits

Year 2 (Fall) 15-16 credits

Year 2 (Winter) - 15-16 credits

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