• Program: Graphic Design
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 69
  • Academic Planning Guide:


This degree is designed for individuals who wish to be involved in the design and implementation of web sites. Students will learn user interactivity and basic fundamentals of optimum Internet usage. These concepts are critical to the conception and design of a web site. The navigation, functionality, file size, image generation, and unity of design are stressed. Each student will design and develop a web portfolio or work as an intern in the industry as a requirement for graduation. There is an opportunity in this diploma to take electives in Computer Careers or Creative Graphic Design to enhance student skills. 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 solutions that meet clients needs.
  • Exhibit proficient use of technology workflow.
  • Produce web sites that meet the industry standards for usability.
  • Demonstrate use of programming language(s) into web site design.
  • 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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