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Campus: Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, and Westminster Campus

Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a two-year AAS Degree in Graphic Design and enter the workforce. Students explore the traditional aspects of graphic design and print materials, digital illustrations, photography, and dynamic page layouts. This digital media degree gives students the foundation to go into a variety of career fields, from traditional advertising agencies to design agencies to video production companies to web production companies. Students learn how to use industry-standard design software and learn about typography, images, and the creative process involved in designing graphics that clearly present information. Our digital media degree program also includes a series of art courses to give students a solid foundation in the core of graphic design. 

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MGD 111Adobe Photoshop I

3

MGD 112Adobe Illustrator I

3

MGD 117Introduction to Visual Communications

3

MGD 133Graphic Design I

3

MGD 103Introduction to Production Design

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: Upon completion of MGD 111, MGD 112, MGD 117, MGD 103, and MGD 133, you should apply for the Fundamentals in Multimedia Technology Certificate.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MGD 116Typography I

3

MGD 114Adobe InDesign

3

MGD 233Graphic Design II

3

ENGLISH ENG 121/122/131

3

ELECTIVE MGD 211/212/202

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 121Drawing I

3

ART 131Visual Concepts 2-D Design

3

ELECTIVE MGD 141/143/164/165, Any MGD Prefix, ART 139/239

3

ELECTIVE MGD 211/212/202

3

GEN EDUAny Approved Elective List Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH MAT 107 or Higher

3

ELECTIVE MGD 141/143/164/165, Any MGD Prefix, ART 139/239

3

ELECTIVE MGD 203/256/259 or Any MGD Prefix

3

ELECTIVE MGD 203/256/259 or Any MGD Prefix

3

MGD 268Business for Creatives

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: You should take MGD 268 in the last semester.

Upon completion of MGD 111, MGD 112, MGD 117, MGD 133, MGD 103, MGD 116, MGD 114, MGD 233, MGD 268 and one course from: MGD 211, MGD 212, or MGD 202, you should apply for the Graphic Design Certificate.

Upon completion of MGD 111, MGD 112, MGD 117, MGD 114, MGD 103, MGD 141, MGD 211, MGD 268, either: MGD 163 or MUS 163, and one course from: MGD 143, MGD 153, MGD 164, or MGD 256, MGD 212, MGD 259, or ART 139, you should apply for the Multimedia Certificate.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Information:

Scheduling may vary per campus locations. You are encouraged to register for courses in accord with their main campus scheduling.

The Graphic Design Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is valued with higher regard as it requires more education to obtain than a certificate. As such, it is recommended that interested students declare the AAS Degree as the overall goal. Students declaring the AAS Degree will also complete the Fundamentals of Multimedia Certificate as well as a certificate in the chosen focus area by the time of graduation.