• Program: Graphic Design
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 64
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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. 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 diploma prepares you for the creative Graphic Design field that works so closely with printing, web and multi-media industries. Prerequisites: Testing score equivalent or CPLT1100 Essential Computer Applications, CPLT1200 Introduction to Macintosh and qualifying score on math assessment test.

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 clients 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 9 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 8 Credits
  • Any ARSP, CCIS, MGDP, MMVP -or- PRPO 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 0 Credits

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