The Design & Technical Graphics designer is a skilled CAD/CAM technician who is also a designer. This new type of graphic designer is often needed to meet the needs of evolving and complex media and delivery formats. Virtually all major design and production processes now rely on computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
Today’s graphic designer must not only be knowledgeable with traditional principles of color, composition, and content, but also be conversant with bitmap and vector graphics, image resolution, color depth, digital and analog delivery formats, and the ways in which digital imaging software programs interact. This visualization specialist will be able to both create and execute, reflecting today’s professional standards for business and engineering applications.
The Design & Technical Graphics Program (DTG) is designed to prepare students for careers in the architectural, engineering, manufacturing, and general business sectors. The program offers educational content appropriate for CAD/CAM specialists, graphic artists, and designers, reflecting today’s professional standards of graphics for business and engineering applications.
The program begins with foundational coursework in design, visual expression, and technical documentation, and progresses to more advanced skills in these areas. This coursework is designed to equip students with a robust set of developmental, expositional, and presentation tools necessary for their chosen profession. The core of the program is an intensive nine-quarter sequence of CAD/CAM instruction, 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.
Students are first introduced to the fundamental skills, materials’ properties and processes, and basic graphic design skills. The mechanicals of design and role of computer-aided design programs are examined.
Building upon the foundational and technical skills associated with design, students have the opportunity to delve deeper into the applications of computer-aided design processes and begin to focus on specific product design and drawing.
Students are then required to create and design a capstone project and prepare a portfolio encompassing pieces of work that reflect the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program, including an externship for design and technical graphics. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and career development.