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Associate of Visual Arts with Emphasis in Graphic Design

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The Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in Graphic Design is appropriate for students who want to pursue a career or further study in the fields of Advertising Design, Graphic Design or Digital Design. The degree provides grounding in design fundamentals, the use of design software and hardware, web design, and advertising principles. There is additional emphasis on a broad academic base needed to inform the artistic process and lay the groundwork for further study. The degree prepares the student to transfer to a four-year college, university or art school.

 

 

Art Studio Requirements (18 credit hours)

ART 115 Introduction to Graphic Design 3 credits
ART 116 Color for Graphic Design 3 credits
ART 170 Image Manipulation: Photoshop 3 credits
ART 172 Digital Illustration* 3 credits
ART 274 Typography* 3 credits
ART 276 Advertising Design* 3 credits

 

Art Studio Electives (Choose 9 credit hours)

ART 104 Object Drawing 3 credits
ART 107 Two Dimensional Design 3 credits
ART 108 Three Dimensional Design 3 credits
ART 160 Basic Photography 3 credits
ART 210 Life Drawing* 3 credits
ART 231 Sculpture* 3 credits
ART 240 Painting 3 credits
ART 241 Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief 3 credits
ART 242 Watercolor I 3 credits
ART 243 Watercolor II* 3 credits
ART 244 Oil Painting I 3 credits
ART 245 Oil Painting II* 3 credits
ART 246 Printmaking: Silk Screen 3 credits
ART 252 Pastel I 3 credits
ART 253 Pastel II* 3 credits
ART 260 Advanced Photography* 3 credits

 

Capstone Course (2 required credit hours)

ART 290 Portfolio* 2 credits

 

Business (6 required credit hours)

BUS 104 Introduction to Business 3 credits
BUS 153 Advertising* 3 credits

 

History of Art (Choose 4 credit hours)

ART 220 History of Art I* 4 credits
ART 221 History of Art II* 4 credits

 

Communications (9 required credit hours)

ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 credits
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 credits
COM 150 Public Speaking* 3 credits

 

Humanities (choose 4 credit hours)

HIST 101 Western Civilization I: Ancient World to 1715* 4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II: Europe c. 1700 to Present* 4 credits
HUM 101 Modern Culture and the Arts* 4 credits
ENG 201, 233 or 234 4 credits
LNG 161, 162, 163 or 261 4 credits
MUS 150 Music Appreciation* 4 credits
PHIL 210 Ethics* 4 credits
PHIL 230 Introduction to Philosophy* 3 credits
REL 231, 232 or 233 4 credits

 

Mathematics (choose 4 credit hours)

MATH 104 Intermediate Algebra* 4 credits
MATH 105 Fundamentals of Modern Math* 4 credits
MATH 117 Finite Mathematics* 4 credits
MATH 151 College Algebra* 4 credits
MATH 161 Calculus I and Analytic Geometry* 4 credits
MATH 162 Calculus II and Analytic Geometry* 4 credits
MATH 201 Introduction to Statistics* 3 credits

 

Social Science (choose 8 credit hours from 2 different prefixes)

ANTH 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology* 4 credits
ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Micro)* 4 credits
ECON 204 Principles of Economics (Macro)* 4 credits
HIST 101 Western Civilization I: Ancient World to 1715* 4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II: Europe c. 1700 to Present* 4 credits
HIST 201 U.S. History I: European Colonization to 1877* 4 credits
HIST 202 U.S. History II: Reconstruction to the Present* 4 credits
HIST 204 History of Michigan* 4 credits
PSI 110 American Government & Political Science* 4 credits
PSI 111 State and Local Government* 3 credits
PSY 101 Psychology* 4 credits
PSY 201 Psychology & Personality* 3 credits
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development* 4 credits
PSY 220 Abnormal Psychology* 4 credits
PSY 250 Human Sexuality* 4 credits
PSY 260 Social Psychology* 4 credits
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology* 4 credits
SOC 121 Modern Social Problems* 4 credits
SOC 220 Marriage & Family* 4 credits

 

Natural Science (choose 4 credit hours with labs)

BIO 120 Biology* 4 credits
BIO 121 General Biology I* 4 credits
BIO 122 General Biology II* 4 credits
BIO 125 Environment and Society* 3 credits
BIO 201 Ecology* 4 credits
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 credits
BIO 212 Pathophysiology* 4 credits
BIO 230 Microbiology* 4 credits
CHEM 130 Chemistry* 4 credits
CHEM 133 General Chemistry I* 4 credits
CHEM 134 General Chemistry II* 4 credits
GEOG 142 Physical Geography* 4 credits
GEOL 145 Physical Geology* 4 credits
PHYS 144 Astronomy* 4 credits
PHYS 251 Physics I AND 4 credits
PHYS 252 Physics I Lab 1 credit
PHYS 253 Physics II* AND 4 credits
PHYS 254 Physics II Lab* 1 credit
Total: 65 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

 

Scope & Sequence

Fall 1 Winter 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
ART 104 ART 170 ART 107 ART 276
ART 115 BUS 104 ART 172 ART 290
ART 116 COM 150 ART 220 GEOG 142
ENG 121 ENG 122 ART 274 PSY 101
MATH 151 HUM 101 BUS 153 SOC 120

 

Effective: Fall 2013
Current/Updated as: 10/31/16

 

 

Employment Information

Is this for me?
Students interested in graphic
design should have an eye
for design and creativity.
They must be effective
communicators in order to
be able to work with and
undersand the intent of many
different clients.They should
have basic computer skills to
ready them for learning the
computer programs required
for this profession.

Graphic designers create many forms of visual communications. These include advertisements in print for newspapers, magazines, invitations, packaging, posters, billboards and corporate logos. Online graphics for use in digital media and social media on the Web have increased rapidly over the past decade.

Graphic designers are the masters of strategically integrating and arranging photos, illustrations, typefonts, shapes, color and texture to promote products, services and businesses to consumers. They may work at a newspapers, advertising agencies, public relations firms, corporations or organizations or they may be self-employed.

Often, graphic designers specialize in areas such as real estate promotion, corporate identity or packaging. Others are more versatile in the range of design work they do.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage of graphic designers was $43,000. The outlook for employment for those in this profession is expected to rise by 13 percent through 2020. Although there is a high level of turnover in the profession, competition for senior graphic designer positions is projected to be strong.

Employers prefer candidates with bachelor degrees in graphic design. Students and professionals in this field showcase their work and creativity through professional portfolios.


Program Information
The Associate of Arts in Visual Arts Degree with emphasis in Graphic Design is appropriate for students who want to pursue a career or further study in the fields of advertising design, graphic design, or digital design. The degree provides grounding in design fundamentals, the use of design software and
hardware, web design and advertising principles.There is additional emphasis on a broad academic base needed to inform the artistic process and lay the groundwork for further study. The degree prepares the student to transfer to a four-year college, university or art school.

Graphic designers need to be familiar with digital design software programs to mix photos, text, color and design elements to create promotional images and messages. It is important for them to keep on top of the latest in changing design trends.

 

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