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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

Graphic designers develop a variety of visual communication solutions for clients including magazine, billboard and newspaper advertising, product packaging, brochures, brand development, catalogs, editorial graphics, book covers, and posters.

The goal is integration of the conceptual and the technical. Students will develop critical and conceptual thinking skills so that they can communicate any idea clearly and powerfully. Students will be prepared for the practice of design as a profession and provided the basis for their continued creative, personal and professional growth. With a problem-solving, project-based format, students will develop visual communication skills, create a portfolio, explore the integration of type and images through a variety of traditional and computer media and creatively deliver messages responsive to the needs of the client and their target 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 "Academic Preparation" section.

Graduating graphic design students wishing to further build their digital multimedia and web design skills could also receive an Associate of Applied Business in New Media by completing an additional 11 courses in the New Media curriculum.  Students wishing to obtain a bachelor’s degree in graphic design can take MTH 1070 Quantitative Reasoning and transfer to the Wright State University Lake Campus to complete the two additional years needed for a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies with a Graphic Design Concentration

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Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business in Graphic Design, a graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize industry standard software effectively for design.
  • Professionally communicate ideas, concepts and design knowledge.
  • Manage a design problem from conceptualization to a finished project.
  • Design and present a professional portfolio.
Course Title Credits
GPH 1001 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 1111 Drawing I 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1101 College Success 1
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics *  
or MTH 1070 Quantitative Reasoning * 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
GPH 1110 Digital Illustration I 3
GPH 1112 Typography 3
GPH 1201 Electronic Imagery I 3
ART 1121 Drawing II *  
or NWM 2010 Digital Multimedia II * 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 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 1112 English II 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 1610 Web Design 3
  Total credit hours 64
*Those wishing to pursue the 2+2 Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree pathway with Wright State Lake Campus must take MTH 1070 and ART 1121.

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.

Academic Preparation

Graphic Design students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0700, Computer Fundamentals, as a preparatory course before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0710, Beginning Keyboarding.

Transfer Information

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 and universities have designed bachelor's completion programs for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.