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2016-2017 Catalog


Code: F_AAS_MMP

Campus: Boulder County Campus and Westminster Campus

Graphic Design

This degree prepares students for entry-level positions dealing with the production of interactive CDs, medical illustration, gaming, web animation, cartooning, and fashion illustration. Students develop a high level of technical proficiency through the use of multiple software programs for creating, composing, and displaying animation designs for various media. They also develop solid design skills through training in traditional graphic design concepts and the integration of design principles throughout the curriculum.

Core courses focus on assisting students in learning industry standard software in illustration, photo manipulation, 3D modeling, and pre-press skills needed for print. Program electives allow students to focus on specific design and software skills.

Students work independently, as well as in collaborative groups in the design and implementation of mixed media presentations and applications.

Requirements

This degree requires the extensive use of a computer for prolonged periods of time during class and lab, analytical and creative abilities, and basic computer skills to begin the program.

Assessment testing is required for all students. Students who are reading at the college level and place into CCR 093 or above and MAT 050 or above may begin this program of study. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for each course required for the degree.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
MGD 103Production Design

3

MGD 111Adobe Photoshop I

3

MGD 112Adobe Illustrator I

3

MGD 114Adobe InDesign

3

MGD 116Typography I

3

MGD 117Introduction to Visual Communications

3

MGD 133Graphic Design I

3

MGD 202Point of Purchase Package Design

3

MGD 203Design and Concept

3

MGD 233Graphic Design II

3

 

MGD 211Adobe Photoshop II

3

or

MGD 212Adobe Illustrator II

3

 

MGD 256Graphic Design Production

3

or

MGD 268Business for Creatives

3

Total Credit Hours:36

Required Elective Courses

Select 9 credits from the following:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 111Art History Ancient to Medieval

3

ART 112Art History Renaissance to Modern

3

ART 207Art History - 1900 to Present

3

 

ART 139Digital Photography I

3

or

ART 138Film Photography I

3

 

ART 245Digital Photo Studio

3

or

ART 145Digital Darkroom

3

 

COM 115Public Speaking

3

JOU 221Newspaper Design I

3

MAR 216Principles of Marketing

3

MAR 220Principles of Advertising

3

MGD 211Adobe Photoshop II

3

MGD 212Adobe Illustrator II

3

or

any other MGD class(es)

3-9

Total Credit Hours:9

Required General Education Courses

Arts and Humanities

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 121Drawing I

3

ART 131Visual Concepts 2-D Design

3

Total Credit Hours:6

English

Select one course (3 credits) from below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I

3

ENG 122English Composition II

3

ENG 131Technical Writing I

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 107Career Mathematics

3

or higher

Total Credit Hours:3

General Studies Elective

Select one course (3 credits) from the Approved General Education Electives List for the AAS degree.  

Total Credit Hours:3

Required General Education Courses

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 60

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