Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas in visual form. Design involves creative, analytical, and technical information – a good designer must learn to excell in all three areas.

The graphic design program at Northwest College provides students with conceptual and technical skills in visual communication. You will gain competence in using the creative process, design principles, form, color, image, and typography to craft clear and compelling messages. Take advantage of the same state-of-the-art equipment and software used by professionals in the field while developing your skills.

Choose from an A.A.S. degree that gets you on the job in two years, or the A.S. degree that requires a four-year commitment but broadens the scope of your job opportunities.

The Associate of Arts Degree in Graphic Design is a course of study for students who intend to transfer to professional art schools or universities to complete a baccalaureate degree in graphic design. This major combines art and design foundations with an introduction to the field of graphic design.

Coursework in the Associate of Arts Degree focuses on developing creativity and concept through the study of design principles and elements, color theory, art history, drawing, as well as introductory coursework in graphic design, web design, and printing processes.

Utilizing both hand-created imagery and Adobe digital communication tools, students enhance their conceptual thinking and develop skills required for successful transfer and continuing study.

Associate of Arts in Graphic Design Academic Map

Semester One

  • ART-1050 Drawing I 3
  • ART-1510 Intro to Graphic Design Prod. 3
  • MATH-1000 Problem Solving 3
  • or MATH-1400 College Algebra 4
  • ENGL-1010 English I: Intro to Comp 3
  • HLED-1270 Wellness 3
  • or HLED-1271 Diet and Exercise 2
  • ART-1101 Art & Graphic Design 1st Yr SE

Semester Two

  • ART-1110 Design: 2-D 3
  • ART-2100 Dgtl Ilstrtn - Adobe Illstrtr 3
  • ENGL-2030 Critical Reading and Writing 3
  • POLS-1000 American & Wyoming Government 3
  • ART-2155 Web Design I: Foundations 3
  • or ART-2165 Web Design II: Issues 3
  • ART-1810 Elctrnc Publishing: InDesign 3
  • or ART-1820 Elec Publishing: QuarkXPress

Semester Three

  • ART-2010 Art History I 3
  • ART-2120 Graphic Design I 3
  • ART-2465 Art Portfolio 3
  • JOUR-1000 Introduction to Mass Media 3
  • HIST-2120 Ancient Greece 3
  • or HIST-2130 Ancient Rome 3
  • ART-1120 Design: 3-D

Semester Four

  • ART-2020 Art History II 3
  • ART-1130 Design: Color 3
  • BIOL-1010 General Biology I 4
  • or ASTR-1005 Introduction to Astronomy 4
  • or GEOL-1100 Physical Geology 4
  • ART-2465 Art Portfolio 3
  • or ART-2750 Magazine Design & Production 3
  • ART (Elective)

The Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design is a two-year technical program that prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of specialized design services such as publishing, prepress, and printing.

Coursework in the Associate of Applied Science Degree focuses on developing an understanding of printing and prepress issues, gaining production skills for web and print media, as well as the study of art and design foundations.

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and Adobe digital communication tools, students enhance their conceptual thinking and gain technical proficiency in electronic layout, pre-press, and offset printing.

The Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design has three concentration options: graphics production, prepress production, and print production.

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design Academic Map

Semester One

  • ART-1050 Drawing I 3
  • ART-1510 Intro to Graphic Design Prod. 3
  • ART-1800 Survey of Digital Technology 3
  • ENGL-1010 English I: Intro to Comp 3
  • MATH-1000 Problem Solving 3
  • or MATH-1510 Technical Mathematics I (or above) 3
  • HLED-1270 Wellness 3
  • or HLED-1271 Diet and Exercise 2
  • ART-1101 Art & Graphic Design 1st Yr SE

Semester Two

  • ART-1110 Design: 2-D 3
  • ART-1610 Offset Production I 3
  • ENGL-1020 English II: Intro to Lit 3
  • or BADM-1020 Business Communication 3
  • POLS-1000 American & Wyoming Government 3
  • ART-2100 Dgtl Ilstrtn - Adobe Illstrtr 3
  • ART-1810 Elctrnc Publishing: InDesign 3
  • or ART-1820 Elec Publishing: QuarkXPress

Semester Three

  • ART-1130 Design: Color 3
  • ART-2120 Graphic Design I 3
  • ART-2110 Typography 3
  • ART-2465 Art Portfolio 3
  • ART-1720 Imaging for Print Reproduction 3
  • CO/M-1010 Public Speaking 3
  • or CO/M-1030 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • ART-1810 Elctrnc Publishing: InDesign 3
  • or ART-1820 Elec Publishing: QuarkXPress

Semester Four

  • ART-2010 Art History I 3
  • or ART-2020 Art History II 3
  • ART-2155 Web Design I: Foundations 3
  • ART-2130 Graphic Design II 3
  • ART-2750 Magazine Design & Production 3
  • or ART-2479 Special Projects: 2
  • or ART-2465 Art Portfolio 3
  • ANTH-1200 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
  • HIST-1221 The United States from 1865 3
  • or MUSC-1000 Introduction to Music

Program-specific Outcomes

Program-Specific Student-Learning Outcomes for AA in Graphic Design

  • Use media (tools, hands, materials, etc.) to produce artwork with a high level of craftsmanship
  • Incorporate design elements, structures, and functions into art and design projects
  • Demonstrate development of visual thinking and visual literacy
  • Recognize a variety of artworks and demonstrate a foundational understanding of art/design’s relationship to history and culture
  • Critique the form and content of artworks through use of art/design terminology and concepts

Program Specific Learning Outcomes for AAS in Graphic Design

  • Prepare students for entry-level positions in the graphics industry/profession
  • Demonstrate the ability to reproduce printed materials with quality and efficiency
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, communicate, design and build efficient documents/files in software applications geared for the graphics discipline
  • Utilize proper terminology, techniques and procedures common to the graphics industry/profession
  • Demonstrate commitment to maintaining a strong work ethic

Sample Careers:

  • Graphic artist
  • Web designer
  • Prepress specialist
  • Offset printer
  • Account representative
  • Creative director
Program taught in:
  • English

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