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Graphic Design and Computer Graphics

Graphic Design and Computer Graphics

Associate of Applied Science
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Why Study Graphic Design and Computer Graphics?

Graphic designers use their creative, intellectual, and technical skills to make relevant and compelling images to visually communicate and engage audiences. Students learn to develop their skills and their voices to shape form and content across a spectrum of digital media. This broad-based program is designed to prepare students for entry into an exciting fast-moving creative field, or for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at SUNY campuses, art schools, and other colleges and universities.

Occupational Objectives:

Graphic Design students have a wide range of occupations to pursue: advertising; publications; exhibit design; web design; animation, interactive; motion 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.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Graphic Design and Computer Graphics at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships.
  2. FLEXIBILITY: Part-time study can accommodate work, family, or other time commitments.
  3. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, more individual attention, free tutoring, on campus childcare.
  4. FACULTY: Learn from faculty with the rare combination of practical work experience in the field and advanced academic degrees.
  5. TRANSFER: The AAS in Graphic Design and Computer Graphics meets the requirements to pursue a range of four-year degrees. High-achieving RCC graduates transfer to distinguished art schools and college art programs.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are over 40 student clubs offering many activities to explore special interests, socialize, or develop additional skills. For those interested in graphic design, there are award-winning publications including the Outlook student newspaper and the art and literary magazine, Impulse. Students may join the video game and anime club and enjoy exploring the world of gaming and contemporary anime computer graphics. Portfolio Day offers art students the opportunity to have their work reviewed by admissions representatives from several major art schools.

Sample Courses:

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


Degree Sheets Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

To provide talented and motivated young artists with the knowledge and skills needed to help shape their future and best fulfill their passions and abilities. The foundation program provides solid experience in two and three-dimensional design, drawing, art history, photography, digital art, graphic design, digital imaging, and animation. The Careers in Art course helps students to understand and identify the many paths open to them among a range of fields. Advanced courses further develop their abilities and help them to identify the media and conceptual challenges that 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 in visual media
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