Graphic Design

Diploma - 60 credits

About this program
Graphic design focuses on the integration of digital technology and graphic design to create communication materials for print, multimedia and online production. Students develop creatively and technically as they learn skills in the principles of design and related software, as well as production methods and specifications for a variety of industry products. Students are trained to be task-oriented by learning to meet deadlines, solve problems and work efficiently, along with learning industry expectations and best practices. They also are trained in the methods of compiling and presenting a personal portfolio of their work in both print and online forms to assist in the job search for entry-level employment.
Program outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to produce visual concepts using drawing and computer methods.
  2. Interpret, speak, write and edit the language of advertising, graphic design, digital graphic technology and print production.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level industry proficiency utilizing multiple methods for producing graphic output.
  4. Apply theories of design, color and typography.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism, i.e., participation in classroom activities, personal accountability and meeting deadlines.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of print and web production.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
Tracks

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
60 Required courses
60 Total

Diploma

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
GDTC1100 Macintosh Production Processes 3
GDTC1105 Adobe Photoshop I 3
GDTC1113 Design and Layout I 3
GDTC1115 Design and Layout II 3
GDTC1120 Adobe InDesign I 3
GDTC1124 Interactive Design I 3
GDTC1126 Digital Photography 3
GDTC1135 Adobe Illustrator I 3
GDTC1150 Process Printing Theory 3
GDTC2120 Adobe InDesign II 3
GDTC2205 Adobe Photoshop II 3
GDTC2212 Design and Layout III 3
GDTC2224 Interactive Design II 3
GDTC2230 Design Portfolio 3
GDTC2245 Adobe Illustrator II 3
GDTC2250 Design Campaigns 3
GDTC2258 Graphic Dsgn Prof Prac 3
GDTC2278 Digital Preflight 3
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1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
GDTC1100 Macintosh Production Processes 3
GDTC1105 Adobe Photoshop I 3
GDTC1113 Design and Layout I 3
GDTC1120 Adobe InDesign I 3
GDTC1135 Adobe Illustrator I 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
GDTC1115 Design and Layout II 3
GDTC1124 Interactive Design I 3
GDTC2120 Adobe InDesign II 3
GDTC2205 Adobe Photoshop II 3
GDTC2245 Adobe Illustrator II 3

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
GDTC1126 Digital Photography 3
GDTC1150 Process Printing Theory 3
GDTC2212 Design and Layout III 3
GDTC2278 Digital Preflight 3

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
GDTC2224 Interactive Design II 3
GDTC2230 Design Portfolio 3
GDTC2250 Design Campaigns 3
GDTC2258 Graphic Dsgn Prof Prac 3