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Graphic Design (APGRD)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Description

This program prepares students for a career as a graphic designer. Graphic designers are specialists in the field of visual communication, trained to communicate, inform, instruct or sell. Students gain skills in the principles of graphic design, publication design, interface and mobile design working on a variety of projects that focus on theory, concept development, typography and production techniques that culminates in the production of a portfolio. Creative and artistic ability is required for careers in graphic design, as well as originality and the capacity for experimentation in visual problem-solving. Students also need the ability to master software skills as they relate to each medium.

Graphic Design majors should see GDT faculty for academic advisors according to the first letter of their last name: Ingrid Ankerson (A-L), Kristine Willimann (M-Z).

Articulation

College for Creative Studies, BFA degree;
Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees;
Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/departments/curriculum/articulation.php?levelone=colleges.

Admissions Requirements

Basic proficiency with desktop computers is required to enroll in GDT computer-based courses. Students with no or minimal computer skills are encouraged to take GDT 105 Introduction to Mac Graphics.

Note: Graphic Design computer-based courses are taught on Macintosh computers.

Contact Information

Division
Business/Computer Technologies
Department
Digital Media Arts Dept
Advisors
Kristine Willimann, Ingrid Ankerson

Requirements

First Fall Semester
Class Title Credits
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science 3
ENG 107 or ENG 111 or higher 3 - 4
GDT 101 History of Graphic Design 3
GDT 104 Introduction to Graphic Design 4
WEB 115 Introduction to Interface Design 4
Total 17 - 18
First Winter Semester
Class Title Credits
MTH 125 or higher 3 - 4
GDT 100 Typography I 4
GDT 112 Principles and Problem-Solving in Graphic Design 4
WEB 110 Web Development I 4
Total 15 - 16
Second Fall Semester
Class Title Credits
Restricted Electives: ART 101, ART 102, ART 111, ART 112, ART 114, ART 120, ART 122, ART 125, ART 127, ART 129, GDT 106, GDT 107, GDT 108, GDT 151, GDT 239, GDT 245 or any 100 level or higher ANI, PHO, VID or WEB course. 3 - 4
GDT 215 Typography II 4
GDT 220 Publication Design 4
WEB 215 Intermediate Interface Design 4
Total 15 - 16
Second Winter Semester
Class Title Credits
GDT 252 Advanced Digital Studio 4
GDT 290 Professional Practices 4
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 3 - 4
Elective(s) Speech 3
Restricted Electives: ART 101, ART 102, ART 111, ART 112, ART 114, ART 120, ART 122, ART 125, ART 127, ART 129, GDT 106, GDT 107, GDT 108, GDT 151, GDT 239, GDT 245 or any 100 level or higher ANI, PHO, VID or WEB course. 3 - 4
Total 17 - 19
Total Credits Required
64 - 69

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