CURRICULAR GUIDE

Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0219  (Effective Fall 2002 - Summer 2007)

A graphic designer is an artist who creatively and effectively designs
informational or promotional materials for publication and/or use in a variety
of mass media situations.  Artistic skills related to producing effective
visual information are essential for a graphic designer.  An understanding of
the principles of typography, color theory, computer graphic applications, and
pre-press techniques is necessary.  Graphic designers are employed by design
studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, publishers, newspapers,
sign companies, and businesses that generate their own publications.  Not all
courses in this program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to
transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific course work in
mathematics.  See the General Education Core Requirements section for
information on how to fulfill these requirements.

Contact the Art, Design and Multimedia Program, Academic and Office Facility,
Room 314, telephone number (517) 483-1476.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 58 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
ARTS 102    2-Dimensional Design                                             3
ARTS 131    Drawing I                                                        3
ARTS 132    Figure Drawing                                                   3
ARTS 162    Typography                                                       3
ARTS 171    Computer Graphics/Photography                                    3
ARTS 173    Computer Graphics/Web Design                                     3
ARTS 175    Electronic Design                                                3
ARTS 195    Employ/Busn Issues for Artists                                   1
ARTS 228    Advanced Digital Imaging                                         3
ARTS 251    Graphic Design I                                                 4
ARTS 252    Graphic Design II                                                4
ARTS 253    Graphic Design III                                               4
ARTS 257    Computer Prepress Prod Tech                                      4
ARTS 269    The Portfolio                                                    2
ARTS 281    Art Internship                                                   3
ARWS 133    Introduction to Adobe InDesign                                   1
HUMS 211    History of Art I                                                 4
HUMS 212    History of Art II                                                4
MKTG 140    Introduction to Advertising                                      3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                               TOTAL: 11-12 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                             9 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area (See Note 1)         0
            Mathematics Competency (See the General Education Core
            Requirement section on how to fulfill this mathematics
            requirement.  Course work may be needed.)

CHOICE 2:   Illustration                                           2-3 Credits
ARTS 213    Illustration Fundamentals                                        3
ARTS 231    Comp Graphics/Advanced Illustr                                   3
ARTS 260    Topics in Design & Multimedia                                    2
ARTS 261    Topics in Design & Multimedia                                    3

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   69

1.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
ARTS 102          ARTS 132          ARTS 171          ARTS 228
ARTS 131          ARTS 175          ARTS 252          ARTS 253
ARTS 162          ARTS 251          ARTS 173          ARTS 257
HUMS 211          HUMS 212          ARWS 133          ARTS 281
Lim.Ch.1                            MKTG 140          Lim.Ch.2

ARTS 195
ARTS 269