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Graphic & Web Design

Graphic Design Associate of Science

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Graphic Design program, you'll study design, typography, and color theory. You’ll use industry-specific software to help you learn and create everything from logos and posters to packaging, Web sites, and corporate identity packages. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as advertising designer, computer artist, freelance artist, graphic designer, or layout artist.
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Program Description

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.

Program Outcomes
• 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

Graduation Requirements
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.
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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