Graphic Communications - Program Courses

Graphic Communications Degree

Students may enter the program in Fall or Spring!

Plan Your Career PathwayThe Graphic Communications program courses are divided into three course categories. Students will be awarded an Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) Degree upon completion of the following…

  1. General Education courses:
    Students must earn a minimum of 12 general education course credits.
  2. Program Core courses:
    Students must successfully complete 33 core course credits.
  3. Program Elective courses:
    Students must earn a minimum of 19 program elective course credits.

Note: Course electives are designed to allow students the opportunity to choose a career pathway in graphic design for print or web and mobile design.

Sequence of Study

The following list of courses is organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student starting the program in the fall term. Spring start or part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

First Semester
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
COM781
ENG105
Written Communication in the Workplace -OR-
Composition I –
General Education 3
GRA105 Drawing and Composition – Core 4
GRA133 Desktop Publishing – Core 4
GRA196 Design and Layout I –  Core 4
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Total Credits 15
Second Semester
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
MAT772 Applied Math -OR- Math Elective General Education 3
GRA124 Electronic Illustration – Core 4
GRA150 Introduction to Web Design – Core 4
GRA197 Design and Layout II – Core 4
 CHOOSE Graphic Communications Elective – Program Elective 2
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Total Credits 17
Third Semester
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
PSY102
PSY111
SOC110
Human and Work Relations -OR-
Introduction to Psychology -OR-
Introduction to Sociology –
General Education 3
GRA142 Graphic Imaging – Core 4
GRA200 Applications of Color – Core 3
 CHOOSE Graphic Communications Elective – Program Elective 3
 CHOOSE Graphic Communications Elective – Program Elective 3
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Total Credits 16
Fourth Semester
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication – General Education 3
GRA290 Portfolio Preparation – Core 3
CHOOSE Graphic Communications Elective – Program Elective 3
 CHOOSE Graphic Communications Elective – Program Elective 4
 CHOOSE Graphic Communications Elective – Program Elective 4
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Total Credits 17

Associate of Applied Arts Degree

Award
Degree ID Degree Title Terms Credits
 AAA Associate of Applied Arts – Four Semesters 4 Term Total
 Mouse  over or tap the degree ID to view the program description. Click or tap description to exit. Minimum 64
Core Courses
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
GRA105 Drawing and Composition – Core 4
GRA124 Electronic Illustration – Core 4
GRA133 Desktop Publishing – Core 4
GRA142 Graphic Imaging – Core 4
GRA150 Introduction to Web Design – Core 3
GRA196 Design and Layout I –  Core 4
GRA197 Design and Layout II – Core 4
GRA200 Applications of Color – Core 3
GRA290 Portfolio Preparation – Core 3
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Required 33
Program Electives
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
GRA162 Web Page Graphics –   Program Elective 3
GRA205 Design and Layout III – Program Elective 4
GRA206 Advanced Design and Layout – Program Elective 4
GRA221 Principles of Illustration – Program Elective 3
GRA227 Interactive Multimedia – Program Elective 3
GRA231 Photo Direction – Program Elective 2
GRA238 Web Design and Layout – Program Elective 4
GRA239 CMS Web Design – Program Elective 3
GRA285 Production Processes – Program Elective 3
MGT101 Principles of Management – Program Elective 3
MKT110 Principles of Marketing – Program Elective 3
MKT140 Principles of Selling – Program Elective 3
MKT152 Advertising and Visual Merchandising – Program Elective 3
MMS103 Basic Digital Photography – Program Elective 3
MMS111 Video Production I – Program Elective 3
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Minimum 19
General Education
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
  Successfully complete one of the following to meet the writing requirement.
COM781  Written Communication in the Workplace – General Education 3
ENG105 Composition I – General Education 3
  Successfully complete one of the following to meet the math requirement.
MAT772  Applied Math -OR- Math Elective General Education 3
  Successfully complete one of the following to meet the social science requirement.
PSY102 Human and Work Relations – General Education 3
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology – General Education 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology – General Education 3
  Successfully complete the following to meet the speech requirement.
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication – General Education 3
Mouse  over or tap a course ID to view a course description. Click or tap description to exit. Minimum 12
Math Electives
Course ID Course Title Category Credits
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts – Math Elective 3
MAT122 College Algebra – ∑ Math Elective 5
MAT128 Precalculus – ∞ Math Elective 4
MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry – π ∆ Math Elective 3
MAT156 Statistics – Math Elective 3
MAT210 Calculus I – Math Elective 4
MAT216 Calculus II –  Math Elective 4
MAT219 Calculus III –  Math Elective 4
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