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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
- The first three graphic design courses (GD 101, GD 114 and GD 120) are open for all PCC students who meet the registration requirements and course prerequisites to enroll. Enrolling in subsequent GD courses is limited to Graphic Design majors.
- In order to declare a major of Graphic Design, students must complete the GD Program application form and earn a "B" grade or higher in GD 101, GD 114 and GD 120. Students should declare a General Studies degree before they apply for the Graphic Design program and advance to subsequent GD Program courses.
- This is a limited entry program.
- To qualify for advancement to second-year courses students must earn a "B" grade or higher in all first-year Graphic Design and Art courses.
- Students interested in enrolling in Graphic Design courses must attend one of the regularly scheduled PCC Graphic Design information sessions. Please go to www.pcc.edu/programs/graphic-design to learn more.
Graphic Design AAS Degree
Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of four courses 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.
|COMM 111||Public Speaking *||4|
|GD 120||Graphic Design I||3|
|ART 131A||Drawing I *||3|
|GD 101||Technology and Procedures||1|
|GD 114||Introductory Typography||3|
|GD 150||Digital Illustration 1||3|
|GD 116||Intermediate Typography||3|
|GD 122||Graphic Design 2||3|
|GD 140||Digital Page Design 1||3|
|GD 151||Digital Illustration 2||3|
|ART 214||History of Graphic Design *||4|
|GD 124||Graphic Design 3||3|
|GD 141||Digital Page Design 2||3|
|GD 160||Digital Imaging 1||3|
|GD 182||Screen Design Principles||3|
|All first year non-GD requirements must be completed prior to second year admission, and of these, all GD and ART classes must be passed with a 'B' or higher.|
|GD 221||Graphic Design 4||3|
|GD 239||Illustration for Graphic Designers||3|
|GD 244||Print Strategies||3|
|GD 249 |
or GD 280A
|Design Studio |
or Cooperative Education: Graphic Design
|GD 260||Digital Imaging 2||3|
|ART 270A||Printmaking I *||3|
|GD 222||Graphic Design 5||3|
|GD 228||Professional Graphic Design Practices||3|
|GD 242||Combined Graphic Programs||3|
|General Education: 1 course|
|ART 140A||Digital Photography I *||3|
|BA 239 |
or BA 223
or Principles of Marketing
|GD 229||Portfolio Preparation||3|
|Graphic Design Art Elective||3|
|General Education: 1 course|
|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 212||Modern Art History - Early 20th Century Art||4|
|ART 213||Modern Art History - Art Since 1945||4|
|ART 219A||The Art of Hand Lettering: Monoline Techniques||3|
|ART 219B||The Art of Hand Lettering: Special Tools||3|
|ART 219C||The Art of Hand Lettering: Hand Drawn Letters||3|
|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 technology used in the Graphic Design program. Required for entry into the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: GD 120, and 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. Prerequisites: GD 120, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 101, GD 150.
GD 116. Intermediate Typography. 3 Credits.
Focuses on typographic composition, hierarchy of information, font identification and grid structure. Integrates type and image for page layout. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114, GD 150. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 122, GD 140, GD 151.
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 and brainstorming techniques. Introduces 3-dimensional design. Emphasizes the design process, presentation, and industry standards. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114, GD 150. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 116, GD 140, GD 151.
GD 124. Graphic Design 3. 3 Credits.
Introduces concept generation for graphic communication. Emphasizes research, symbol design, and continuity of elements across a designed campaign. Prerequisites: GD 116, GD 122, GD 140, GD 151. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 141, GD 160, GD 182.
GD 140. Digital Page Design 1. 3 Credits.
Explores beginning level graphic design and publishing using professional page layout software. Emphasizes typography, basic page layout, computer file management, professional methods of design organization, keyboard efficiency, and the foundations of computer use in single-page layouts. The PCC Graphic Design department recommends that students take GD 140 and GD 141 courses in consecutive terms. Prerequisites: GD 101, GD 114, GD 150. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 151.
GD 141. Digital Page Design 2. 3 Credits.
Covers layout design of multi-page printed documents. Includes interactive page elements, prepress and output, file management, and industry-standard design processes. The PCC Graphic Design department recommends that students take GD 140 and GD 141 courses in consecutive terms. Prerequisite: GD 116, GD 122, GD 140, GD 151. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 124, GD 160, GD 182.
GD 150. Digital Illustration 1. 3 Credits.
Introduces professional techniques for generating vector graphics and imagery. Includes templates, layers, tools and efficient construction techniques used by graphic designers. Prerequisite: GD 120. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 101.
GD 151. Digital Illustration 2. 3 Credits.
GD 160. Digital Imaging 1. 3 Credits.
Introduces professional software for digital image editing, photo manipulation, and layer compositing of raster art. Emphasizes file formats, techniques, and tools used by graphic designers. Prerequisites: GD 116, GD 122, GD 140, GD 151. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 182.
GD 182. Screen Design Principles. 3 Credits.
Introduces the fundamentals of designing for screens. Includes relevant terminology, structure of screen layouts and elements, typographic practices, and graphic optimization. Prerequisites: GD 116, GD 122, GD 140, GD 151. Prerequisite/concurrent: GD 160.
GD 221. Graphic Design 4. 3 Credits.
Focuses on publication design. Covers single-page and multiple-page projects emphasizing hierarchy, eyeflow, structure and organization. Builds upon first-year skills in typography and design through projects, lessons and exercises using professional page layout software. Includes advanced computer production techniques. Required: Second-year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisites: GD 124, GD 141, GD 151, GD 160.
GD 222. Graphic Design 5. 3 Credits.
Explores branding, logo design and identity systems. Covers researching target audiences and creating design solutions to communicate client and product image through logos, logotypes, icons, and symbols. Requires advanced computer production techniques building on previous coursework. Required: Second-year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: GD 221, GD 260.
GD 228. Professional Graphic Design Practices. 3 Credits.
Explores graphic design business strategies incorporating methods used by design professionals to seek, acquire, and maintain employment. Required: second year standing in the Graphic Design program. Prerequisite: GD 124, GD 141, GD 151, GD 160.
GD 229. Portfolio Preparation. 3 Credits.
Covers the process of developing a professional-level graphic design portfolio. Requirement: Must be eligible to graduate in the current calendar year to enroll. Prerequisites: GD 222, GD 228, GD 244, GD 260.
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 141, GD 151, GD 160, 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 221, 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 141, GD 151, GD 160.
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 124, 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 141, GD 151, GD 160.
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.