Graphic Design

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2019
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Arts

Program Description


The LTU Graphic Design program is designed specifically for students who intend to transfer to Lawrence Technological University (LTU) as a Junior to complete their 4-year degree in Graphic Design. Acceptance into this program is based on a student portfolio and successful completion of courses.

This program provides students with a foundation for success in the field of graphic design including print, front-end web design, and motion graphics, by providing experience with both software and equipment used in the industry. Provides a comprehensive foundation of study, emphasizing the development of theoretical, practical, and technical skills within the Graphic Design field. The program uses sequential courses that build and develop skills in a range of studio classes. Employs computer applications and tools as well as design techniques to assist the student in developing the range of skills necessary to compete in the multi-media field of graphic design.

Note: Students must arrange to take ART-3513 Graphic Design 2 as a guest student at LTU during the winter semester of their second year. This allows students to begin in the fall of their third year as a junior at LTU. LTU has scholarship opportunities that should be investigated in preparation of transfer.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Create visual communications for an intended message, from conceptual development to final artifact using a range of media, both traditional and digital, for final output both printed and digital.
  2. Utilize current graphic design terminology and methodology as a basis for discussing and evaluating works of design, both student and professional
  3. Incorporate historic and contemporary design influences, both period and designer, in the creation of design solutions as well as understand the role of design in culture.
  4. Implement appropriate typographic treatments for print and digital communications. This includes typesetting, legibility, hierarchy, and style to create engaging communication solutions.
  5. Apply design processes to complete appropriate design solutions. This includes the ability to sketch and refine preliminary concepts, employ the elements and principles of design as well as color theory into effective solutions.
  6. Utilize current industry software and equipment to construct vector and raster files for use in print, motion and digital outcomes. This includes appropriated file formats for saving work as well as for distribution of final output, and preparation for print or file transfer.
  7. Develop and present a portfolio of projects for use in seeking an entry-level position or transfer to a four-year degree program. Curate and exhibit projects in a graduating student exhibition.
Career Opportunities

Students who complete this degree will have learned skills and abilities that will assist in seeking transfer to the four-year program Graphic Design program at Lawrence Technological University. Prospective Graphic Design majors should meet with the Digital and Graphic Arts Program Coordinator to discuss their program and sequence. Call the Digital and Graphic Arts Program Coordinator at 313-845-6487 or e-mail to schedule an appointment.

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 1: English Composition
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Category 4: Social Sciences
Choose 2 courses from 2 different disciplines (subjects): ANTH-131, ANTH-151, ANTH-152, SOC-131, SOC-151, SOC-152, PHIL-131, PHIL-133, PHIL-135, PHIL-137, PHIL-139, POLS-131, POLS-135, POLS-152, POLS-155, WR-131
Category 6: Natural Sciences
ASTR-131, ASTR-133, ATMS-131
Credit Hours