The Associate Degree Program in Graphic Design is a six-quarter, 90 credit program. The Graphic Design degree program teaches students how to express themselves creatively while visually communicating a message while not losing sight of the end user. The Graphic Design degree program emphasizes hands-on learning. Students in the Graphic Design degree program use industry-related technology and software. Course topics in the Graphic Design degree program include typography, illustration, interface design and web development. With a Graphic Design degree, graduates can 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 and composition, design and technology. As they progress through the program, students are trained in creative problem solving and learn to offer solutions that are effective in the business world and applicable on various mediums.
Emphasis is placed on concept development 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, handheld devices and various hardware and software.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
• Demonstrate versatile, aesthetic solutions of layout and design. This includes proper understanding and usage of; space, line, color, shape, texture, form and value. Typographic and photographic hierarchy structures will also be considered.
• Demonstrate conceptual thinking through work that reflects historical and contemporary trends by answering design problems with creative visuals and writings.
• Express a clear message to specific demographics using various mediums.
• Articulate their chosen design direction and solution by communicating their mastery knowledge of graphic design, problem solving, ethics and industry standards in a visual presentation.
• Demonstrate, through a printed and online portfolio, the application of competencies through projects that highlight their mastery of industry software and technology in the print design field. This includes technical aspects of prepress, output, and quality reproduction as well as web design
To receive an Associate of Science degree in Graphic 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.