Living in an information-seeking society, we are
surrounded by words and pictures. It is the task of
the graphic designer to research, analyze, organize
and make artistic order out of chaos. Graphic
design students must learn to speak a global
visual language and develop an awareness of the
meanings and power of symbols and words. The
products and services they design and promote will
make a social and ecological impact.
Early emphasis is on the design process, form,
color and typography. The elements and principles
of design are applied to projects which include
identity and branding, multi-page collateral, and
packaging. Guided by instructors who are working
designer professionals, students learn to design for
the real world. They make decisions about issues
of concept, format, imagery, type, printing and
methodology. Computer and traditional methods
are used to solve graphic problems. The program
culminates in a professional portfolio which can be
used to continue studies to a four-year university or
to obtain employment. The portfolio is critiqued by
professional designers at the American Institute of
Graphic Arts San Diego portfolio review.
The main goal of the Graphic Design program is to to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to produce a portfolio in design for employment or university admission requirements.
Some careers in graphic design-related work require
education beyond the associate degree. This list is
not all-inclusive: advertising designer, art director,
environmental graphic designer, graphic designer,
type designer, illustrator, magazine/editorial
designer, multimedia designer, web page designer.
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Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the program will be able to:
- Research, analyze, organize and formulate artisticorder out of chaos.
- Recognize and speak a global visual languageand demonstrate an awareness of the meaningsand power of symbols and words.
- Design products and services that will make asocial and ecological impact.
- Apply elements and principles of design toprojects that include packaging, magazineproduction, and design and production ofposters, logos and brochures.
- Formulate decisions about issues of concept,format, imagery, type, printing and methodology.
- Use Computer and traditional methods to solvegraphic problems.
- Create a professional portfolio that can be used topursue studies to a four-year university or obtainemployment.