Art and Design: Graphic Design Career Program A.S.

Program Description

The Graphic Design program serves to introduce students to the fundamental skills, principles, techniques, terminology, technology and history of graphic design while also providing a strong liberal arts background. Students must complete a minimum of 22-23 credits in graphic design courses; at least 15 of these credits must be completed at NCC.

Working with the program advisor, students are required to create a portfolio of design work that exhibits proficiency in visual communication. The contents of the portfolio provide evidence of student skill level, aesthetic sensibility and technical mastery to future employers or transferring institutions.

Students should also work closely with their faculty advisor to choose electives that best meet their goals.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Use graphic design elements, principles, and procedures to create appropriate visual communication;
  2. Understand the historical foundations of visual communications and recognize contemporary design concepts/trends;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with industry-standard manual and digital tools;
  4. Demonstrate critical, analytical and aesthetic thought processes, as well as industry-standard vocabulary;
  5. Create a career, transfer or personal portfolio that demonstrates a broad understanding of graphic design skills, sensibilities, and techniques;
  6. Gain industry experience through an internship (optional).
 Requirements (61-64 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (21-24 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits (or higher level MAT 3-4 credits)
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits 3-4 credits*
 SOC ELE  Social Science Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
General elective 3-4 credits*
 Major Requirements (40 Credits)
 ART 102 Art History II: Modern Art 3 credits OR ART 207 History of Graphic Design  3 credits
 ART 109 Color Theory 3 credits
 ART 111 Drawing I 3 credits
 ART 112 Drawing II 3 credits OR ART 113 Figure Drawing I  3 credits
 ART 141 Photography I 3 credits OR ART 250 Digital Photography 3 credits
 GRA 151 Graphic Design I: Skills and Principles 3 credits
 GRA 202 Typography 3 credits
 GRA 241 Digital Page Design: Adobe InDesign 3 credits
 GRA 231 Digital Imaging: Adobe Photoshop 3 credits
 GRA 236 Digital Illustration: Adobe Illustrator 3 credits
 GRA 252 Graphic Design II: Process and Presentation 3 credits
 GRA 290 Portfolio Preparation I 1 credit
 GRA ELE  Graphic Design Elective  OR  ART ELE 3 Credits 
 GRA 296 Graphic Design Internship I 3 credits OR GRA ELE OR ART ELE 3 credits**
 Recommended Sequence of Study
 Semester 1
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 ART 109 Color Theory 3 credits
 ART 111 Drawing I 3 credits
 GRA 151 Graphic Design I: Skills and Principles 3 credits
 Semester 2
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits (or higher level MAT 3-4 credits)
 ART 112 Drawing II 3 credits OR ART 113 Figure Drawing I 3 credits
 GRA 202 Typography 3 credits
 GRA 236 Digital Illustration: Adobe Illustrator 3 credits
 Semester 3
 ART 102 Art History II: Modern Art 3 credits OR ART 207 History of Graphic Design 3 credits 
 ART 141 Photography I 3 credits OR ART 250 Digital Photography 3 credits
 GRA 231 Digital Imaging: Adobe Photoshop 3 credits
 GRA 241 Digital Page Design: Adobe InDesign 3 credits
 SOC ELE  Social Science Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 Semester 4
 GRA 252 Graphic Design II: Process and Presentation 3 credits
 GRA 290 Portfolio Preparation I 1 credit
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits 3-4 credits*
 ART ELE  Art Elective  OR GRA ELE 3 credits
 GRA 296 Graphic Design Internship I 3 credits OR GRA ELE OR ART ELE 3 credits**
General elective 3 credits *
 Note:

* Interdisciplinary requirement - of the three courses in science, humanities, and social science, one of the courses must be an  IDS ELE  Interdisciplinary Elective course.

** GRA 296 can be taken in any semester, including summer, after completing 30 credits of the program, of which at least 12 credits are ART/GRA requirements, being in good academic standing, and the recommendation of the Department Chair or Program Coordinator.