• Program: Graphic Design
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 69
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Graphic design by definition is the applied art of designing any information, thought, idea or message for print and digital media. Graphic designers skillfully master advanced technology to transform an idea or concept. The transformation procedure is an integral part of the print or digital media production process. Graphic designers have an inherent ability to create by utilizing basic design principles and color theory; applying typographical knowledge and techniques; capturing digital graphic images; and manipulating photos and illustrations through various industry standard software and hardware components. The finished design may be delivered via the printed piece or web. Are you a creative problem solver? Are you artistic? Do you work well under pressure? Do you like computers and technology? Do you adapt to change easily and quickly? Are you detail-oriented? Do you communicate well with people? Are you a life-long learner? If so, the field of graphic design is an exciting and challenging career choice, a choice that gives the individual the power to be an effective participant in the world of media communications. This degree is also an excellent stepping-stone for those students who wish to pursue a four-year degree at some point in the future, but want the technical hands-on job training now! Prerequisites: Testing score equivalent or CPLT1100 Essential Computer Applications, CPLT1200 Introduction to Macintosh.

Career Opportunities

Graphic design is an ever-changing and evolving professional career with many occupational categories and opportunities. One might find employment in a production environment, customer service, customer support, sales, creative production, consulting or training. Occupational titles include but are not limited to creative designer, graphic designer, print production artist, web designer, web producer, web developer, production artist, advertising artist, art typographer. Common working environments might include design or production, in a corporation, agency, advertising or marketing setting, printing company, or graphics service bureau.

Award Outcomes:

  • Utilize the elements and principles of design.
  • Integrate the use of industry standard technology and design.
  • Develop visual solutions to communicate client needs.
  • Exhibit proficient use of technology workflow.
  • Produce clean proofs and prints for press-ready documents.
  • Demonstrate the roles and functions of working on a team.
  • Develop a creative portfolio of work that demonstrates skills as a designer and visual communicator.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 47 Credits
General Education Requirements 12 Credits
  • Choose one of the following:
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
  • COMM2070 Cyber Culture 3
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • ENGL2130 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
  • PHIL2200 Ethics 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • SOCI2000 Marriage and Family 3
  • SOCI2100 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCI2130 Food, Culture and Society 3
  • SOCI2200 Racial and Ethnic Relations 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 7 Credits
  • Any ARSP, CCIS, MGDP, -or- MMVP course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective. Recommended:
  • MGDP2215 Graphic Design Internship 1 to 12
General Education Electives 3 Credits
  • Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Areas 3-10

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