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Design & Technical Graphics Bachelor of Science

The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Design & Technical Graphics program, you’ll learn how to best communicate design solutions through concept development, 2-D and 3-D visualization, and technical document production. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as 3-D rendering artist, technical coordinator, and visual designer.
Design & Technical Graphics

Program Description

What You’ll Study:
The Design & Technical Graphics Bachelor of Science degree program is a 180-hour bachelor’s degree course of study in CAD, enterprise graphics, and technical illustration that is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the architectural, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and general business sectors. The program provides educational content designed to be appropriate for CAD/CAM operators and commercial graphic artists, and to reflect the prevailing professional standards associated with general business, engineering, and design applications.

The Design & Technical Graphics program is constructed around six academic tracks: Design Principles, Drawing and Visualization, Production, Technology, Professional and Business Practices, and General Education, each of which contains elements supporting entry into the professional workplace. The program begins with foundational coursework in design, visual expression and technical documentation, graduating thereafter quarter-by-quarter to more advanced and complex skills. The goal is to equip students with a robust set of developmental, expositional, and presentation tools that can be used to answer the needs of a wide range of professional settings. The core of the program is a 10-quarter sequence of CAD/CAM instruction, to which is added freehand drawing, 2-D design fundamentals, color fundamentals, typography, page layout, digital imaging, technical illustration, and 3-D modeling and rendering. Additional coursework covers business applications, file management and delivery options, production technology, and professional practice.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Design & Technical Graphics program is to prepare students for entry-level careers in the design, building, manufacturing, and general business sectors. Graduates communicate design solutions through concept development, 2-D/3-D visualization, and technical document production. The program offers a balanced curriculum of design, visualization, production, technology, professional practice, and general education courses using appropriate production software.

Career Opportunities:
The fields served by Design & Technical Graphics are found in settings that range from sole-proprietorships to multinational corporations. Design & Technical Graphics graduates may pursue entry-level employment in engineering firms (civil, structural, mechanical, process), manufacturing companies, natural resource and energy companies, retail sales companies, home builders and developers, publishing companies, and general business firms. Graduates are prepared to seek the following entry-level positions: CAD draftsperson/designer/ technician/operator, architectural draftsperson, 3-D rendering artist, media production coordinator, visualization specialist, product designer/ development illustrator, production artist/technician/specialist, technical coordinator/artist/illustrator, visual designer/merchandising manager/presentation coordinator.

With my new skills I can be:
• 3D rendering artist
• Technical coordinator
• Visual designer
• Architectural draftsperson
Design & Technical Graphics

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