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.