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Introduction to Graphic Design
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 and cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills. The curriculum is supplemented with guest lecturers, service learning projects, internships and other experiential learning opportunities. Students will create a well-rounded, professional digital portfolio that showcases a variety of skills and projects and includes a resume, contact information and references. The program concludes with capstone courses where students will apply newly acquired skills, professional job attitudes and explore career opportunities in graphic design.
Successful candidates to this program have:
- Sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend and exchange information and ideas verbally, non-verbally and to interact clearly and logically with professors, peers and clients.
- Eye-hand coordination to perform intensive project construction.
- Maturity to accept critique of work and perform changes based on constructive criticism.
- Capacity to work in teams to solve design problems.
- Ability to meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
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 have the option to complete the degree fully on campus, fully online, or a hybrid of both.