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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 work with writers, publishers, photographers, printers, and other specialists in the field of visual communication design to communicate, inform, instruct, or sell. Students may work on publications, advertising, or the Internet. The program focuses on developing skills in basic design theory, concept development, typography, the major graphic design software, and knowledge of production techniques for print and electronic media as exhibited in a portfolio. Creative and artistic ability is required for careers in graphic design, as well as originality and capacity for experimentation in visual problem-solving. Students also need an aptitude for developing strong skills with desktop computers and graphics software programs.

Graphic Design majors should see GDT faculty for academic advisors according to the first letter of their last name: Lind Babcock (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
INP 150 Web Coding I 3
Total 16 - 17
First Winter Semester
Class Title Credits
Elective(s) Speech 3
Restricted Elective(s) 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 215, GDT 239, GDT 245, GDT 259 or any 100 level or higher ANI, INP, PHO or VID course. 3 - 4
GDT 100 Typography I 4
GDT 112 Principles and Problem-Solving in Graphic Design 4
INP 170 Web Coding II 3
Total 17 - 18
Second Fall Semester
Class Title Credits
Restricted Elective(s) 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 215, GDT 239, GDT 245, GDT 259 or any 100 level or higher ANI, INP, PHO or VID course. 3 - 4
MTH 125 or higher 3 - 4
GDT 220 Publication Design 4
INP 154 Interaction Design I 4
Total 14 - 16
Second Winter Semester
Class Title Credits
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 3 - 4
GDT 252 Advanced Digital Studio 4
GDT 290 Professional Practices 4
INP 254 Interaction Design II 4
Total 15 - 16
Total Credits Required
62 - 67

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