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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Graphic Design (AAS.DPGD)

This program is designed to prepare graduates for careers requiring a solid knowledge of graphic design skills. Emphasis is placed on current graphic arts software for print and web page design techniques combined with marketing and the latest office technology trends. Students will design and create artwork for commercial publication and see the process through to print. Students may fill various positions as full-time graphic designers, desktop publishers, pre-press operators, or positions involving a blend of administrative office duties and graphic designing. Some students succeed as freelancers and open their own businesses. Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
CIS-088
Adobe Photoshop

CIS-088
Adobe Photoshop

This course introduces the basics of Photoshop, an image-editing program. These basics include working with layers, selections, color adjustment, paint tools, filters, and type transforming. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

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3.0
CIS-092
Adobe Illustrator

CIS-092
Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator software, a PostScript-based drawing program, is used to create sophisticated artwork which can be imported into other programs for further manipulation. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

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3.0
CIS-099
Introduction to Web Technology

CIS-099
Introduction to Web Technology

This introductory course teaches web page design principles, including proper use of HTML5 and CSS3.


Prerequisites: CIS 040 or equivalent experience


Course Outline

3.0
CIS-160
Practical Software Applications

CIS-160
Practical Software Applications

Provides an opportunity for students to learn computer concepts and to use word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

3.0
SFS-101
Strategies for Success

SFS-101
Strategies for Success

Designed to improve student performance in college and beyond. Topics include: college resources; identification of college and career goals; implementation of study, note-taking, and test-taking strategies; and development of life management skills including time management, stress management, and relationship skills.

Course Outline

2.0
BUS-094
Business Math

BUS-094
Business Math

Covers basic applications of mathematics in the business world percentages, elementary algebra, purchasing, selling, interest, future value, present value, etc. It is designed to reinforce and expand business concepts held by the student through the use of mathematics.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

17.0
Second Semester
CIS-090
Adobe InDesign

CIS-090
Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a graphic design software used to create design layouts. Students will integrate text, graphics, photos, and other elements to create documents. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

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3.0
ITT-053
Digital Media Arts

ITT-053
Digital Media Arts

An introduction to using digital technology to produce artistic creations on the computer. Students will learn basic art theories of design, color, typography, and visual elements and how to apply them in a digital environment.


Course Outline

* +++
3.0
CIS-051
Designing for the Web

CIS-051
Designing for the Web

Tools, techniques, and design theory for creating well-designed web sites. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

* +++
3.0
BUS-114
Advanced Formatting

BUS-114
Advanced Formatting

Development of skill in formatting business correspondence, reports, forms, and tables to meet mailability and production standards. Instruction on word processing software is integrated throughout the course.


Course Outline

*
3.0
ART-250
Understanding Art

ART-250
Understanding Art

A survey of the visual arts from Ancient to contemporary times, an understanding the major cultural and historical relationships to the art forms.

Course Outline

OR
ART-110
2-D Design

ART-110
2-D Design

A comprehensive study of the elements and principles of a two-dimensional design. Experience with a variety of materials and techniques.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
CIS-098
Advanced Desktop Skills

CIS-098
Advanced Desktop Skills

InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop are used to create advanced graphic designs. Emphasis is placed on creating your own styles, graphics, and layouts. Pre-press and printing techniques are also covered. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

* +
3.0
CIS-056
Advanced Software Applications

CIS-056
Advanced Software Applications

Covers topics in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

* +
3.0
CIS-058
Spec Software Applications

CIS-058
Spec Software Applications

Students handle office activities and use career-related software such as a computerized accounting system, desktop publishing, powerpoint, form management, calculator, medical scheduling and invoicing, and legal document preparation. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

* +
3.0
CIS-049
Content Management Systems

CIS-049
Content Management Systems

This course covers the creation and maintenance of a website using a content management system. Coursework includes applying plugins, blogging, commenting, theme development and user account setup. (Repeatable 3 times)



Course Outline

* +
2.0
BUS-247
Principles of Marketing

BUS-247
Principles of Marketing

Covers the selection of target markets; the controllable variables of the marketing mix including product, place, price and promotion; and the uncontrollable variables including legal environment, economic environment, resources and objectives, cultural environment and the existing business structure.

Course Outline

3.0
BUS-141
Business Communications

BUS-141
Business Communications

Provides students practical strategies for improving written and oral communication, including employment communication, in business settings.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

17.0
Second Semester
BUS-060
Automated Office Procedures

BUS-060
Automated Office Procedures

Students manage office activities using computer software and equipment in a simulated office environment. Students use word processing, electronic mail and calendaring, and other specialized software.


Course Outline

* +++
3.0
BUS-079
Professional Development

BUS-079
Professional Development

Covers topics related to seeking employment and interviewing, understanding the workplace environment, and improving career success and communication.

Course Outline

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3.0
CIS-047
Graphic Design Capstone

CIS-047
Graphic Design Capstone

This capstone course will integrate InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Web Page Design concepts. The course features a simulated work environment. Students will complete graphic design applications in print and on the web for a simulated business. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

* +++
3.0
ENG-095
Business English

ENG-095
Business English

Using critical thinking skills, students will study and reinforce the basics of the English language as they apply to business communications. Emphasis is placed on grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure.

Course Outline

OR
SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

Course Outline

OR
ENG-120
Composition I

ENG-120
Composition I

Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.


Course Outline

*
3.0
SOC-280
Introduction to Sociology

SOC-280
Introduction to Sociology

Study of human interaction focusing on social influences shaping personality, structure and dynamics of human society. Topics include: sociological perspective, culture, society, social interaction; social change in global perspective; socialization; families; social class; and social stratification; race and ethnicity; and deviance.

Course Outline

OR
PSY-271
Intro to Psychology

PSY-271
Intro to Psychology

Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing Concepts, research methods and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

15.0

Total Program Hours

64.0