School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Graphic Communications and Design: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Warrensville Heights, OH Campus

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Objectives

This program exposes students to fundamental skills utilized in entry-level graphic design, visual communications and related positions. The program can help students explore communicating ideas and concepts through print and interactive multimedia communication. The program emphasizes creativity, visualization and critical thinking to help students generate technologically appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions for graphic communications and design projects.

Career Opportunities

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level positions involving graphic communications and design which may include the production of interactive multimedia, print media and other communications at a variety of organizations.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving graphic communications and design.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to the Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, video cameras, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 35 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Program Total 93.0
General Education Courses
AR1440 Art Appreciation+ 4.5
CO2520 Communications+ 4.5
EN1320 Composition I+ 4.5
EN1420 Composition II+ 4.5
ES2555 Survey of Economics+ 4.5
MA1210 College Mathematics I+ 4.5
Subtotal 27.0
Core Courses
DT1210 Rapid Visualization Techniques+ 4.5
GC1110 Fundamentals of Design+ 4.5
GC1220 Fundamentals of Typography+ 4.5
GC1320 Advanced Photoshop+ 4.5
GC1330 3D Modeling Techniques+ 4.5
GC1430 Video Production Techniques+ 4.5
GC1435 Interactive Design with Flash+ 4.5
GC2520 Sustainable Graphic Design+ 4.5
GC2530 Animation+ 4.5
GC2620 Digital Prepress and Production Processes+ 4.5
GC2630 Graphic Design for the Web+ 4.5
GC2799 Graphic Communications and Design Capstone Project+ 4.5
Subtotal 54.0
General Studies Courses
GS1140 Problem Solving Theory+ 4.5
GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4.5
GS2745 Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 3.0
Subtotal 12.0

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.


Meet a Graduate

Paul Groves
Computer Drafting and Design
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2010
Lexington, KY

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"I get to design something and I actually get to see the things that I create affect the lives of multiple people."
- Russell Allred, 2009
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