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Career and Program Description
Graphic design is the art, discipline and profession of visual communication. By combining images, words and ideas graphic designers focus information toward an audience to achieve a desired goal. Graphic designers blend artistic talent, typography and computer knowledge to create advertisements, brochures, logos and identity systems, newsletters, catalogs, signage systems, web pages, magazines and books. The two-year program at PCC prepares the student for entry-level work in the highly competitive and deadline-oriented field of graphic design. Class work is designed to simulate industry situations and standards.
Degree and Certificate Offered
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Prerequisites and Requirements
The Graphic Design degree curriculum at PCC closely aligns with the professional requirements for employment in advertising and design studios. While enrollment in the first three graphic design courses (GD 101, GD 114 and GD 120) is open to all students who meet PCC registration requirements, students must earn a B grade or higher in GD 101, GD 114 and GD 120 in order to qualify for enrollment in subsequent Graphic Design courses.
To qualify for advancement to second-year courses students must earn a B grade or higher in all first-year Graphic Design and Art classes.
Students interested in enrolling in Graphic Design classes are strongly encouraged to attend one of the regularly scheduled PCC Graphic Design Information sessions. Please go to www.pcc.edu/gd to learn more.
Graphic Design AAS Degree
Minimum 91 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.
Course of Study
The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.
|ART 131A*||Drawing I||3|
|GD 101||Technology and Procedures||1|
|GD 114||Introductory Typography||3|
|GD 120||Graphic Design I||3|
|WR 121||English Composition||4|
|COMM 111*||Public Speaking||4|
|GD 116||Intermediate Typography||3|
|GD 122||Graphic Design 2||3|
|GD 140||Digital Page Design 1||3|
|GD 150||Digital Illustration I||3|
|ART 214*||History of Graphic Design||4|
|GD 124||Graphic Design 3||3|
|GD 141||Digital Page Design 2||3|
|GD 151||Digital Illustration 2||3|
|GD 160||Digital Imaging I||3|
|Note: All first year graphic design and art courses must be completed with a B grade or higher to qualify for the second year graphic design courses.|
|GD 221||Graphic Design 4||3|
|GD 239||Illustration for Graphic Designers||3|
|GD 244||Print Strategies||3|
|GD 249||Design Studio||3|
or GD 280A
|Cooperative Education: Graphic Design|
|GD 260||Digital Imaging 2||3|
|ART 270A*||Printmaking I||3|
|CAS 106||Introduction to HTML||1|
|GD 222||Graphic Design 5||3|
|GD 228||Professional Graphic Design Practices||3|
|GD 242||Combined Graphic Programs||3|
or BA 223
|Principles of Marketing|
|GD 229||Portfolio Preparation||3|
|GD Art Elective||3|
|All General Education courses must be completed by end of this term.|
Could be used as General Education
Graphic Design Degree Art Electives
|ART 140A||Digital Photography I||3|
|ART 204||History of Western Art||4|
|ART 204H||History of Western Art: Honors||4|
|ART 205||History of Western Art||4|
|ART 205H||History of Western Art: Honors||4|
|ART 206||History of Western Art||4|
|ART 206H||History of Western Art: Honors||4|
|ART 271A||Printmaking II||3|
Cooperative work experience and internship placements are available. These are highly recommended to prepare student for the graphic design industry.
GD 101. Technology and Procedures. 1 Credit.
Introduces current Macintosh computer operating system, industry technical requirements, classroom procedures and overview of the program servers and printers. Required for entry into the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121.
GD 114. Introductory Typography. 3 Credits.
Introduces the letterform as a design element. Focuses on using typography as the primary visual in graphic design exploration. Includes font classification, composition, vocabulary and production techniques. Emphasizes hand-rendered techniques. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.
GD 116. Intermediate Typography. 3 Credits.
Focuses on typographic composition, hierarchy of information, font identification and grid structure. Integrates type and image to reflect contemporary layout directions. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114, GD 120. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 140.
GD 120. Graphic Design I. 3 Credits.
Introduces the basic concepts of graphic design, including design elements and principles. Emphasizes the design process, developing an idea from thumbnail sketch, through tight roughs, to a comprehensive design. Focuses on the importance of presentation, industry standards and professional tools and techniques. Required for entry into the Graphic Design program.
GD 122. Graphic Design 2. 3 Credits.
Builds on the basic concepts of graphic design. Emphasizes color, including color theory, vocabulary, color schemes, and the effects of color. Focuses on identifying graphic styles, brainstorming techniques, and introduces 3-dimensional design. Focuses attention on design process, presentation, and industry standards. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114, and GD 120. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 140 or GD 150.
GD 124. Graphic Design 3. 3 Credits.
Explores basic graphic design concepts. Emphasizes research, symbol design and continuity of design elements. Identifies specific requirements for two- and three-dimensional design projects. Prerequisites: GD 122, GD 140, and GD 150. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 141 and GD 151.
GD 140. Digital Page Design 1. 3 Credits.
Explores beginning level graphic design and publishing using professional page layout software. Introduces typography design, basic page layout, computer file management, professional methods of design organization, keyboard work and the foundations of computer use in single-page layouts. To be taken sequentially. Placement permission slip required. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114 and GD 120. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 122.
GD 141. Digital Page Design 2. 3 Credits.
Covers layout and design of multi-page printed documents. Includes interactive page elements, prepress and output, file management and industry-standard design processes. Department permission required. Prerequisite: GD 140.
GD 150. Digital Illustration I. 3 Credits.
Introduces professional techniques for creating vector images. Includes templates, layers, tools and efficient construction techniques used by graphic designers. Prerequisite: GD 101, GD 114, and GD 120. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 122, GD 140.
GD 151. Digital Illustration 2. 3 Credits.
Explores advanced techniques of creating vector illustrations for 2- and 3-dimensional applications. Prerequisite: GD 150. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 160.
GD 160. Digital Imaging I. 3 Credits.
Introduces professional software to control digital image editing, photo manipulation and layer compositing of raster art. Emphasizes file formats, techniques and tools used by graphic designers. Placement permission slip required. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 141 and GD 151.
GD 170. Photoshop and Design Basics. 2 Credits.
Introductory Photoshop tools and techniques combined with basic design and composition principles. Ideal for learning digital photo page layout and design. Macintosh experience highly recommended. Audit available.
GD 221. Graphic Design 4. 3 Credits.
Focuses on publication design. Single-page and multiple-page projects will emphasize hierarchy, eyeflow, structure and organization. Projects, lessons and exercises are intended to build on first-year skills in typography and design using professional page layout software. Advanced computer production techniques build on previous coursework. Required: Second-year standing in the Graphic Design program.
GD 222. Graphic Design 5. 3 Credits.
Explore branding, logo design and identity systems. Research target audience and create design solutions to communicate client and product image through logos, logotypes, icons, and symbols. Advanced computer production techniques build on previous coursework. Required: Second-year standing in the Graphic Design program Prerequisite: GD 221.
GD 228. Professional Graphic Design Practices. 3 Credits.
Explores graphic design business strategies including methods used by design professionals to seek, acquire, and maintain employment. Required: second year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: GD 124.
GD 229. Portfolio Preparation. 3 Credits.
Covers the process of developing a professional-level graphic design portfolio. To enroll, student must be eligible to graduate in the current calendar year. Prerequisites: GD 228.
GD 239. Illustration for Graphic Designers. 3 Credits.
Explores a variety of traditional, non-digital illustration tools and techniques. Covers professional methods of digitizing and formatting artwork for media reproduction. Integrates illustrations into design communication materials. Prerequisites: GD 124, GD 140 and ART 131.
GD 242. Combined Graphic Programs. 3 Credits.
Covers advanced integration of professional graphic design software. Includes projects which embody conceptual development and production of visual communications. Required: second year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: GD 260.
GD 244. Print Strategies. 3 Credits.
Presents the professionally accepted production processes, procedures, and materials used to reproduce graphic communications for distribution. Required: second year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: GD 124.
GD 249. Design Studio. 3 Credits.
Covers development of projects for non-profit and community clients. Explores the roles and requirements of a designer in a working studio. Emphasizes client communication strategies and professional practices. Required: Second year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisites: GD 141, GD 151, GD 160.
GD 260. Digital Imaging 2. 3 Credits.
Introduces advanced techniques of raster graphic production. Emphasizes practices used by graphic designers to create layouts and components for interactive content. Covers methods and procedures that are tailored for output to displays of digital devices. Required: Second year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite GD 124.
GD 280A. Cooperative Education: Graphic Design. 1-6 Credit.
Provides an opportunity to gain experience at a graphic design worksite or at a business employing graphic designers. Provides opportunities for new learning, skill development and practicing skills learned in the required courses. Requires coordination and approval by the instructor, the on-site supervisor and PCC Cooperative Education Specialist. Prerequisite: GD 141, GD 151, GD 160.