The Graphic Design Program provides students with a comprehensive educational experience that develops creativity, technical expertise and professional industry knowledge. The curriculum integrates theory and practice that fosters each student’s ability to create expressive, effective visual communication. As students’ progress through the coursework, they will gain proficiency in traditional media, computer design skills, cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills. The curriculum is supplemented with guest lecturers, service learning projects, internships and other experiential learning opportunities. Each student will develop self-promotional materials and a portfolio of work which will be juried by industry professionals prior to graduation. The program concludes with capstone courses where students will apply newly acquired skills, professional job attitudes and explore career opportunities in graphic design.
The mission of the Graphic Design program is to provide students with a solid foundation in design education for entry level careers and/or transfer to four-year institutions.
Students who graduate from this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency with graphic design principals and elements including color and type.
- Show the ability to conceptualize design solutions.
- Possess a skillset of digital tools used in graphic design software.
- Showcase the capability to learn and create in a progressive digital environment.
- Exhibit evidence of verbal and visual presentation skills.
- Create a professional portfolio that reflects problem solving ability, innovative ideas, suitable for an entry level design position or presentation to a four-year college.
Transfer Credit Policy
Appropriate transfer credits for courses within the major may be accepted within a five-year time frame. Transfer of courses more than five years old will be evaluated by the Department Chair on an individual basis.