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AAS - Graphic Design

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design: Visual Communication is designed for students who plan to enter the field of Design. Students will receive hands-on training in fine art foundations, design principles, and in computer-generated design including layout, illustrations, typeface, color principles, photographic manipulation, and prepress ready graphic design.
Major Code: 3052
Award: AAS
First Term: 4106
Total Credits: 60-65
Program Last Updated in MCCCD Records: Feb 18th, 2010
Prerequesites: None
Required Courses: 30 credits
ADA/ART112 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ADA/ART169 Two-Dimensional Computer Design 3
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART177 Computer-Photographic Imaging 3
ARH110 History of Graphic Design 3
ART100 Introduction to Computer Graphic Art 1
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART113 Color 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3
ART255AA Self Promotion 1
ART255AB The Portfolio 1
ART291 Digital Prepress 3
Restricted Electives: 11 credits
ADA/ART183 Computer Aided Graphic Arts I 3
ARH100 Introduction to Art 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART182 Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT190 The Art of Website Design 3
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART296WA-WD Cooperative Education (any suffixed course) 1-4
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
Free Electives: None
General Education Requirement: 19-24 credits
General Education Core: 12-17 credits
First Year Composition: 6 credits
First-Year Composition
Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area 6
Oral Communication: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area 3
Critical Reading: 0-3 credits
CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) or equivalent by assessment 0-3
Mathematics: 3-5 credits
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area 3-5
General Education Distributed Credits: 7 credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: None
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area 3
Natural Sciences: 4 credits
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area 4
Program Competencies:
  1. Identify, describe, and apply the fundamental elements and principles of two-dimensional design. (ADA/ART112)
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of computer techniques and art presentation methods. (ADA/ART169)
  3. Create electronic two-dimensional design images using traditional methods of visual problem solving. (ADA/ART169)
  4. Use the computer to produce output-ready graphic designs using appropriate page layout program. (ADA/ART175)
  5. Use the computer to produce and manipulate photographic imagery for print and graphic design production. (ADA/ART177)
  6. Present an historical overview of graphic design and typography including identification of key works in a variety of media, and descriptions of various tools, techniques, and materials used in creating visual communication pieces. (ARH110)
  7. Use the computer to conceptualize, visualize and produce art. (ART100)
  8. Describe key developments in the history of typography. (ART103)
  9. Use computer generated typography with an understanding of type anatomy and use it effectively in visual communication. (ART103)
  10. Describe the use of color in two and three dimensions and use specific hues to illustrate color principles. (ART113)
  11. Use tools of the trade and principles of design to produce layouts, mechanicals, illustrations and a variety of graphic design projects. (ART181)
  12. Evaluate goals and objectives and develop a self-promotion package including resume and business correspondence system. (ART255AA)
  13. Apply communication objectives in interviewing for employment and in marketing graphic design projects. (ART255AA)
  14. Evaluate art pieces and develop and use presentation skills for the creation of various portfolio formats. (ART255AB)
  15. Use digital prepress concepts and techniques to design, create, and evaluate electronic files for successful output to various devices. (ART291)