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Graphic Design and Computer Graphics

Graphic Design and Computer Graphics

Associate in Applied Science
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science

Why Study Graphic Design and Computer Graphics?

The study of art prepares students for a wide variety of careers that produce the images and objects that infuse our daily lives. The Art Department offers courses to all degree and non-degree students and three Associate degrees in the practice of Art, each with a distinct focus: Fine Arts; Graphic Design and Computer Graphics; and Photography. In addition, there is the Visual Studies in Art History Honors Program, an integral part of the Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Student Honors Program, the Ivy League and Tier One College Transfer concept. This offering is for Honors students who have a passion for art and art history and an interest in pursuing one of the many art related careers outside of the actual production of art works. Five honors art history courses provide a foundation for further study of art history in preparation for work in museums, colleges, architecture, law, business and the commercial world of art.

Occupational Objectives:

Graphic Design students have a broad choice of occupations to pursue: advertising; publications; exhibit design; web design; animation and interactive graphics and many more emerging fields in a new media. While some students may find entry-level jobs directly after graduation in commercial art, most will need to continue their studies.

Sample Courses:

  • Digital Art and Design
  • Digital Imaging/Photoshop
  • Advanced Drawing/Illustrator
  • Graphic Design I
  • Publication Design/InDesign
  • Three Dimensional Design


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

All three degrees, as well as the option for combining art courses with other programs, aim to afford talented and motivated young artists with knowledge and skills that will help them shape a future that best employs their abilities and fulfills their passions. The foundation program will give them a solid experience of work in two- and three-dimensional design, photography, computer art, drawing, and art history. A course in Careers in Art will help them understand how many fields are open to them. More advanced courses will develop their abilities but will also help them sort out what media and conceptual challenges best suit their talents.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the roles artists and designers have in today’s world
  • Demonstrate creative and technical abilities in drawing and design
  • Develop the skills necessary to understand and apply high technical standards in design and typography, in print and on the web
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively
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