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Graphic Design

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

Graphic designers develop a variety of visual communication solutions for clients including magazine and newspaper advertising, annual reports, product packaging, brochures, corporate identity, catalogs, editorial graphics, book covers and posters.

The aim is integration of the conceptual and the technical. Students will develop critical and conceptual thinking abilities so that they can communicate any idea clearly and powerfully. Students will be prepared for the practice of design in the professional context and provided the basis for their continued creative and personal growth. With a problem-solving format, students will develop visual communication skills, explore the integration of type and images through a variety of traditional and computer media and imaginatively deliver messages responsive to the needs of the sender and the receiving audience.

The Graphic Design program is a two-year computer intensive learning experience focusing on industry-standard practices. Dedicated to keeping up with technological advances affecting the visual arts, the program integrates technology with fine arts sensibility.  Students with little experience with computers should take special note of the scholastic preparation listed below. 

The program course schedule is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Graduating graphic design students wishing to further build their web design skills could also receive an Associate of Applied Business in New Media by completing an additional 12 courses in the New Media curriculum.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in Graphic Design, a graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize industry standard software effectively as a design tool.
  • Professionally communicate ideas, concepts, and design knowledge.  
  • Manage a design problem from conceptualization to a finished layout.
  • Design and present a professional portfolio.

Scholastic Preparation

Graphic Design students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800, Computer Fundamentals, as a preparatory course before taking other computer courses.  Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810, Beginning Keyboarding.

Transfer Options

Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program.  However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree.  Some colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees.  See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Course Title Credits
GPH 1000 Intro to Graphic Design 4
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ART 1111 Drawing I 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
PHY 1100 Fundamentals of Physics 4
GPH 1110 Digital Illustration I 3
GPH 1112 Typography Seminar 3
GPH 1201 Electronic Imagery I 3
ART 1121 Drawing II 3
COM 1170 Small Group Communication 3
GPH 2011 Computer Layout I 3
GPH 2111 Digital Illustration II 3
GPH 2120 Logo, Symbol, Corporate I.D. 3
GPH 2202 Electronic Imagery II 3
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
ITS 1500 HTML and CSS 3
GPH 2012 Computer Layout II 3
GPH 2051 Professional Development 3
GPH 2085 Service Learning Capstone 3
ART 1002 Art History II 3
NWM 1600 Web Design 3
  Total Credit Hours 66

Note: It is extremely important that students save all artwork from the first term forward to enable them to build a portfolio in GPH 2051.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.