The Design & Technical Graphics program is a baccalaureate course of study in CAD, enterprise graphics and technical illustration that prepares students for careers in the architectural, engineering, construction, manufacturing and general business sectors. The program provides educational content appropriate for CAD/CAM operators and commercial graphic artists, and reflects 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. Each track is complementary with the others, and the competencies learned in one track are revisited in other tracks throughout subsequent quarters, with the effect that skills-building is a cumulative and self-reinforcing process.
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 answer the needs of a wide range of professional settings. Students will be taught to use software synergistically, exploiting each program’s strengths to produce the most persuasive graphic solutions.
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
• Produce traditional and parametric technical documents (2D and 3D CAD/CAM) in support of design and production processes.
• Design and produce small, internal publications (HR Manuals, Marketing Studies, Sales Aids, Installation/User Manuals, etc.) for general business.
• Demonstrate the ability to produce concept sketches, process drawings and presentation boards in support of business and manufacturing activities.
• Demonstrate the ability to create finished production art, technical illustrations and business graphics.
• Be capable of re-purposing existing graphic art and production imagery for delivery using different media.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Design & Technical Graphics, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 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.