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Graphic Design: Digital and Print Media

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Total Credits for Award: 60.00

Admission Requirements:

Students are accepted into this program for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Graphic Design courses in this program require achievement of the following minimum placements:

MnTC Goal Area courses in this program may have different required placements and prerequisites, please see individual course requirements.


Description:

Minneapolis College’s Graphic Design: Digital and Print Media program centers on the place where words meet images, where clear and purposeful communication meets aesthetic impact and where a range of human needs and desires reside. You will get hands-on experience from experienced instructors in a program that will open up a world for you in a fast-paced Graphic Design career.


Program Learning Outcome #1:  Understand the knowledge gained through the study of the history of graphic design, typography and the visual arts, and apply this knowledge to today's diverse cultures and media marketplaces.

Program Learning Outcome #2:  Develop production skills necessary to work within the environment of media industries: create error free data and documents, work within commercial workflows, time management skills, project planning, image production and valid web documents.

Program Learning Outcome #3:  Understand the elements and principles of design, user experience, and demonstrate visual literacy using strategies to reinforce visual messages and typographic acuities.

Program Learning Outcome #4:  Articulate design solutions and communicate effectively in verbal and written responses using the language of graphic and web design.

Program Learning Outcome #5:  Demonstrate competence with graphic, print, web and interactive media applications and technologies.

Program Learning Outcome #6:  Apply problem-solving, critical thinking and a personal and professional obligation to their local and global communities as well as social and moral responsibilities.



COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FIRST SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 GRPH 1101

 Typography 1

 3.00

 GRPH 1120

 Layout and Design

 3.00

 GRPH 1130

 Introduction to Graphics Software

 3.00

 GRPH 1140

 Color Theory

 3.00

 WEBI 1416

 Web Design Fundamentals

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: SECOND SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 GRPH 1540

 History of Graphic Design

 3.00

 GRPH 1560

 Print Production

 3.00

 GRPH 1570

 Adobe Illustrator

 3.00

 GRPH 1575  Adobe Photoshop  3.00

 GRPH 1585

 Adobe InDesign

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: THIRD SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 ARTS 1121

 Foundation Drawing

 3.00

 ARTS Course

 Choose any ARTS course from MnTC Goal Area 8

 3.00

 Communication Studies

 Choose any CMST course that meets MnTC Goal Area 1

 3.00

 GRPH 2101

 Typography 2

 3.00

 GRPH 2130

 Graphic Design Solutions 1

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FOURTH SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 English Course

 Choose any ENGL course from MnTC Goal Area 1

 3.00

 GRPH 2530

 Graphic Design Solutions 2

 3.00

 GRPH 2540

 Career Planning/Professional Practices

 3.00

 GRPH 2550

 Portfolio Prep/Exhibit

 3.00

 PSYC Course

 Choose any PSYC course from MnTC Goal Area 5

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00

General Education Courses (15 Credits):

To complete the Graphic Design: Digital and Print Media A.A.S. degree, students are required to successfully complete 15 credits of General Education coursework. The coursework must be selected from at least three of the MnTC Goal Areas. A minimum of three credits must be completed from Goal Area 1 Communication Studies courses as well as three credits from Goal Area 1 English courses; three credits from any Goal Area 5 Psychology course; ARTS 1121 Foundation Drawing 1 (3 credits; meets Goal Area 6); and three credits from ARTS that meets MnTC 8.

All students pursuing this award should work closely with their advisor to ensure proper selection of required program courses, if applicable program electives, required Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, and MnTC electives. You are expected to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure courses are taken in an order that will lead to efficient and successful completion of the required coursework.