The Associate Degree Program in Graphic Design is a six-quarter, 90-credit, program, emphasizing hands-on learning and technical skills. Students in the Graphic Design degree program utilize industry-related technology and software to complete projects. Course topics include typography, illustration, interface design and web development. With a Graphic Design degree, graduates may pursue entry-level jobs such as graphic designer and production artist.
The Graphic Design program at The Art Institute is the first step toward a career in creativity. Initially, students develop an understanding of color, composition, design and technology. As they progress through the program, students are trained in technical problem solving and learn to offer solutions that are effective in the business world and applicable on various mediums.
Emphasis is placed on technical competency and creative problem solving as it relates to technology, design, and development. Skills and techniques of advanced technologies are often taught by industry professionals. Tools include scanners, digital cameras, mobile devices and various hardware and software.
• Design: Graduates apply aesthetics and formal concepts of layout and design, including spatial relationships; communication effectiveness; interrelationships among imagery and text; balance; typography; and color theory.
• Concept: Graduates apply design concepts to produce successful visual solutions to assigned problems.
• Communication: Graduates articulate the vision behind their creative work and explain and defend their solutions.
• Professionalism: Graduates demonstrate an understanding of industry standards, professional practices and ethics in their work and self-presentation.
• Technical: Graduates apply skills in industry-specific computer software programs to produce concrete projects
To receive an Associate of Science degree in Graphic & Web Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 90 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.