Graphic Design: Associate in Arts

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Faculty Contact
Victoria Shepherd: 313-845-6487,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-149

Program Description


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. Offers courses in print, front-end web design, and motion graphics. Elective courses are included to add experience in related tracks such as digital photography, illustration, and animation. 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.

Program Goal: To provide 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. Geared to students seeking entry-level design work or transfer to a 4-year college design program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student 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. Incorporate historic and contemporary design influences, both period and designer, in the creation of design solutions.
  3. Implement appropriate typographic treatments for print and digital communications. This includes typesetting, legibility, and style as well as expressive communications.
  4. Sketch and refine preliminary concepts for traditional and digital outcomes as well as conceptual ideation.
  5. Illustrate fundamentals of design through the development of both traditional and digital applications.
  6. Apply color theory to the creation of digital and traditional design solutions, including color correction and developing intended emotive reactions.
  7. Utilize current graphic design terminology and methodology as a basis for discussing and evaluating works of design, both student and professional.
  8. Construct vector and raster files for use in print, motion and digital outcomes.
  9. Develop digital work environments and appropriated file formats for saving work as well as for distribution of final output, prepare for print or file transfer.
  10. Utilize current industry software and equipment.
  11. Develop and present a portfolio of projects for use in seeking an entry-level position or transfer to a four-year degree program.
Career Opportunities
  • Production Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Front-End Web Designer
  • Content Management Design
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Motion Designer
  • Content Developer
  • Layout Artist

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one.
Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any two from different disciplines.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any one from a different discipline (not ART).
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any one from a different discipline (not PSCI-135).
Credit Hours

Degree-Specific Requirements

Credit Hours

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours