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Associate Degree

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Designers are people with a desire to create. They combine practical knowledge with artistic ability to turn abstract ideas into formal designs for the merchandise we buy, the clothing we wear, the publications we read, and the living and office space we inhabit.

Graphic Designers use a variety of print, electronic and film media to create designs that meet clients' commercial needs. Using computer software, they develop the overall layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also may produce promotional displays and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive company logos for products and businesses, and develop signs and signage systems, called environmental graphics, for business and government. An increasing number of graphic designers develop material to appear on Internet home pages. Graphic Designers also produce the credits that appear before and after television programs and movies.

The Associate Degree of Applied Business in Graphic Design program prepares students for successful careers in advertising, marketing, printing, or television. Graduates may enter their career fields in jobs such as production artist, advertising/ packaging designer, desktop publisher, freelance artist, illustrator, or cartoonist. Employers include publishing firms, advertising agencies, marketing firms, record companies, greeting card companies, and others.

This program stresses fundamental design theory and practice studied through real-world design experiments. Graphic Design students will develop the skills necessary to conceive an idea, nurture it, and develop it. Skills in creativity will be simultaneously supported with skills in channeling ideas into functional, marketable products.

Career Opportunities for Graphic Designs Include:

Layout and Design for Print
Using computer software, a graphic designer develops the overall layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports and other publications.

Promotional and Marketing Media
Graphic designers may produce promotional displays and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive company logos, and more.

Web Graphics and Design
An increasing number of graphic designers develop material to appear on Internet home pages. The designer produces graphic sketches, designs and copy layouts for online content.

Video and Television Graphics
Graphic designers also produce the credits that appear before and after television programs and motion pictures. They use computers to create a large series of pictures that form the animated images or special effects seen in movies and even computer games.

Desktop Publishing
Using computer software, desktop publishers format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce publication-ready material.

Illustrators
Illustrators typically create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications as well as commercial products, such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationary, greeting cards, and calendars.

Medical and Scientific Illustration
Medical illustrators draw illustrations of human anatomy and surgical procedures. Scientific illustrators draw illustrations of animals and plants.

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