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
1SDV    100 College Success Skills, 1
Total, 16

2nd Semester
ART      116 Design for the Web I, 3
ART      135 Visual Communications, 3
ART      141 Typography I, 3
ART      209 Creative Concepts and Writing, 3
2PHT     270 Digital Imaging I or
            ART 251 Communication Design , 3
3___    Social Science Elective, 3

Total, 18 

3rd Semester           
ART      142 Typography II, 3  
ART      217 Graphic Design I, 3  
ART      265 Graphic Techniques, 3
4ART     ___ Elective, 3
5MTH    151 Math for the Liberal Arts I or
            Laboratory Science Electiv, 3-4
Total, 15-16

4th Semester
ART      218 Graphic Design II, 3   
ART      250 History of Design, 3
ART      287 Portfolio & Resume Preparation, 3
4ART     ___ Elective, 3
CST      110 Intro to Communication, 3
6___    Humanities Elective (non-ART), 3
Total, 18 

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Communication Design = 67-68

1 May substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

2 PHT 270 will teach digital imaging from a photography perspective, whereas ART 251 provides a design perspective.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

4 Approved ART Electives: ART 117, ART 122, ART 132, ART 270, ART 266, ART 267, ART 268, ART 281, or division approval for other ART courses.

5 Division approval required for substitution. The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, ENV 121–122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

6 See fine arts/humanities courses other than ART listed under General Education Electives.