Communication Design Curriculum

Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons who seek full-time employment in the communication design field. The occupational objectives include graphic designer in the communication design marketplace.

Recommended preparation: Proficiency in high school English and a satisfactory aptitude for drawing.

Equipment and Supplies: Communication Design students are required to purchase certain basic equipment and materials necessary to achieve professionally-oriented objectives. Most of the equipment is purchased in the beginning class (Introduction to Graphic Skills) and can be used throughout the two-year program.

Two Years Credits

1st Semester           
ART      121 Drawing I, 4
ART      131 Fundamentals of Design I, 4
ART      140 Intro to Graphic Skills, 3
ENG     111 College Composition I, 3
PED     116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness, 1
SDV     Elective, 1
Total, 16

2nd Semester
ART      122 Drawing II, 4
ART      132 Fundamentals of Design II, 4
ART      135 Visual Communications, 3
ART      141 Typography I, 3
ART      209 Creative Concepts and Writing, 3
Total, 17 

3rd Semester           
ART      142 Typography II, 3  
ART      217 Graphic Design I, 3  
ART      265 Graphic Techniques, 3 ,
PHT      270 Digital Imaging I or ART 251 Communication Design I, 3
PED/RPK Elective, 1
MTH    151 Math for the Liberal Arts I or Laboratory Science Elective, 3-4
Total, 16-17

4th Semester
ART      218 Graphic Design II, 3   
ART      250 History of Design, 3
ART      287 Portfolio & Resume Preparation, 3
CST      110 Intro to Communication, 3
4___    Social Science Elective, 3
4___    Social Science Elective, 3
Total, 16 

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Communication Design = 65-66

1 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options:  PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course.  PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

2 Students can take SDV 100 College Success Skills or the SDV 101 Orientation section related to their particular program.

3 Division approval required for substitution.  The laboratory science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives.  Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

4 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.