2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 20, 2024  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design Technology (A.A.S.)

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A.A.S. Degree: 66 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 - 50 Credit Hours

General Education Requirements - 16 Credit Hours

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has identified a common set of general education courses that have been adopted statewide. These courses are called the “CORE 42.”  CORE 42 courses are guaranteed to transfer to any Missouri public college or university to satisfy general education requirements.

Courses in knowledge areas below, designated with the CORE 42 logo indicates courses in that area have been evaluated and provided a MOTR number for transfer to all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

Courses that do not have this designation may still transfer to public and private colleges and universities in Missouri and elsewhere, but students are encouraged to check the transfer equivalency website of the institution to which they plan to transfer to confirm.

Please refer to the MDHE Core Transfer Curriculum for detailed information on CORE 42 courses.

Written Communications - 3 Credit Hours

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Oral Communications - 3 Credit Hours

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Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 Credit Hours

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