2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design Technology Program Video

Graphic Design Technology (Options: Graphic Design, Digital Photography) (A.A.S.)

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A.A.S. Degree: 62 Hours

Graphic design is a professional discipline that combines conceptual, critical thinking with a variety of software skills to visually communicate a market-driven message to a target audience. Graphic designers apply a balanced knowledge of time-honored design theories with proficiencies in industry-standard technology to produce a wide array of products, from traditional printed material to audio-visual motion graphics and interactive website designs. Graphic designers are problem solvers, delivering their solutions via brochures, magazines, logos, websites, and more in service to a varied job field that includes advertising businesses, corporations, publishers, and product manufacturers — among many others. The Graphic Design Technology program focuses on teaching students how to utilize their artistic instincts in the development of real-world, deadline-driven projects using up-to-date technology toward the completion of a professional, attention-getting portfolio and ultimately, a career as a graphic designer.

Commercial photography is a delicate balance between personal vision and the need to fulfill certain prescribed criteria from a client or customer — parameters that are sensitive to marketing considerations and deadlines. The Digital Photography Option prepares students for a career in photography by combining traditional techniques and industry-standard technology and software through a variety of classes that emphasize the commercial application of photography skills. Product, portrait, wedding, location photography, and more are explored through practical, hands-on projects and scenarios — along with fundamental training in graphic design — to help students become viable, vibrant working photographers.

Graphic Design Technology Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Option Electives for Graphic Design


As required by Missouri law, all degree programs must include instruction in both the U.S. and the Missouri State Constitution. This can be satisfied by either PLS 101  or HST 120 .

Related Elective: GDT 138 , GDT 142 , GDT 143 , GDT 144 , GDT 222 , CIS 130  

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