CURRICULUM GUIDE

Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0219  (Effective Fall 2003 - Summer 2008)

A graphic designer is an artist who creatively and effectively designs
informational or promotional materials for publication and/or use in a variety
of mass media situations.  Artistic skills related to producing effective
visual information are essential for a graphic designer.  An understanding of
the principles of typography, color theory, computer graphic applications, and
pre-press techniques is necessary.  Graphic designers are employed by design
studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, publishers, newspapers,
sign companies, and businesses that generate their own publications.  Not all
courses in this program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to
transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

Contact the Art, Design and Multimedia Program, Academic and Office Facility,
Room 314, telephone number (517) 483-1476.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 61 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
ARTS 102    Design & Communication                                           3
ARTS 131    Drawing I                                                        3
ARTS 132    Figure Drawing                                                   3
ARTS 162    Typography                                                       3
ARTS 171    Computer Graphics/Digital Imag                                   3
ARTS 173    Computer Graphics/Web Design                                     3
ARTS 175    Electronic Design                                                3
ARTS 195    Employ/Busn Issues for Artists                                   1
ARTS 228    Advanced Digital Imaging                                         3
ARTS 251    Graphic Design I                                                 4
ARTS 252    Graphic Design II                                                4
ARTS 253    Graphic Design III                                               4
ARTS 257    Computer Prepress Prod Tech                                      4
ARTS 269    The Portfolio                                                    2
ARTS 281    Art Internship                                                   3
ARWS 133    Intro Electronic Page Layout                                     1
HUMS 211    History of Art I                                                 4
HUMS 212    History of Art II                                                4
MATH 118    The Art of Geometry (See Note 1)                                 3
MKTG 140    Introduction to Advertising                                      3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                TOTAL: 9-12 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                           7-9 Credits
(See "General Education Core Requirements" for information on how to fulfill
these requirements. Core area proficiency exams, where appropriate, are
available for each core area.)
            Communication Core Area (See Note 2)                             0
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area (See Note 2)         0
            Mathematics Core Area (See Note 2)                               0
            Science Core Area                                              4-5
            Writing Core Area                                              3-4

CHOICE 2:   Illustration                                           2-3 Credits
ARTS 213    Illustration Fundamentals                                        3
ARTS 231    Comp Graphics/Advanced Illustr                                   3
ARTS 260    Topics in Design & Multimedia                                    2
ARTS 261    Topics in Design & Multimedia                                    3

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   70

1.    MATH 118 is the minimum Math requirement to meet the General Education
      Core Math requirement for this curriculum. Students wishing to transfer
      to a four-year college should see an Art, Design & Multimedia Program
      advisor for appropriate Math Core selections.
2.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
ARTS 102          ARTS 132          ARTS 171          ARTS 228
ARTS 131          ARTS 175          ARTS 173          ARTS 253
ARTS 162          ARTS 251          ARTS 252          ARTS 257
HUMS 211          HUMS 212          ARWS 133          Lim.Ch.1
MATH 118          Lim.Ch.1          MKTG 140

ARTS 195
ARTS 269
ARTS 281