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Graphic Design, A.A.S.

The graphic design field is highly competitive for both salaried and freelance positions. There is a demand for artists with above-average talents and graphic art skills. Opportunities in the field range from entry-level layout and production to art director positions.

Demonstrated abilities are most often the key to obtaining a position in the graphic design field. JCCC has structured its graphic design program to help the student develop a comprehensive portfolio. The student's work will be critiqued by a team of professionals every semester. These professionals working in the field, along with the faculty, will help develop the student's skills in creative problem solving and in the use of materials, processes, tools and equipment. Outstanding studio and computer facilities are available for working on class projects. The two-year curriculum consisting of 71 credit hours leads to an associate of applied science degree.

Some GDES courses are typically offered in the fall semester only, and some courses are typically offered in the spring semester only. This information can be found under the relevant course descriptions.

Important: Please enroll in the CDTP sections identified in the credit class search as a Graphic Design Qualifier section. The content of these CDTP sections places emphasis on the Graphic Design career specific application of the Adobe Creative Suite to industry standards for print production and is reserved for students enrolling in the Qualifier semester courses.

It is recommended that you enroll in these five-week CDTP classes in sequence in the Qualifier semester.

(Major Code 2290; State CIP Code 50.0409)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Qualifier Semester

ART 124Design 2D*3
GDES 120Introduction to Graphic Design3
CDTP 145Desktop Illustration I: Illustrator1
CDTP 135Desktop Photo Manipulation I: Photoshop1
CDTP 140Desktop Publishing I: InDesign1
Total Hours9

Fall Semester

ART 129Design Color*3
GDES 130Drawing and Media Methods 1*3
GDES 132Typography*3
GDES 140Technical Processes*3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
Total Hours15

Spring Semester

ART 127Design 3D*3
GDES 131Drawing and Media Methods 2*3
GDES 134Layout Design*3
Humanities Electives ^3
Social Science and/or Economics Elective ^^3
Total Hours15

Humanities Electives


Social Science and/or Economics Elective

Fall Semester

GDES 230Drawing and Media Methods 3*3
GDES 231Advanced Typography*3
GDES 235Production Methods*3
Humanities Electives ^3
Health and/or Physical Education Elective ^^1
Total Hours13

Humanities Electives


Health and/or Physical Education Elective

Spring Semester

Technical/Studio Elective (see below)1
GDES 236Electronic Production*3
GDES 244Communication Systems*3
GDES 245Advanced Design Practice*3
GDES 272Professional Preparation*3
Science and/or Math Elective ^3
Total Hours16

Science and/or Math Elective

Technical/Studio Electives

CDTP 160Desktop Publishing II: InDesign*1
CDTP 165Desktop Illustration II: Illustrator*1
CDTP 185Desktop Illustration III: Illustrator*1
CDTP 155Desktop Photo Manipulation II: Photoshop*1
CDTP 175Desktop Photo Manipulation III: Photoshop*1
CWEB 105Introduction to Web Pages: Dreamweaver*1
CWEB 115Intermediate Web Pages: Dreamweaver*1
CWEB 130Introduction to Flash*1
CIM 135Digital Imaging and Video*3
PHOT 121Fundamentals of Photography3
PHOT 122Advanced Photography*3
PHOT 123Studio Photography*3
ART 135Painting I3
ART 136Painting II*3
ART 172Watercolor Painting3
ART 231Life Drawing I*3
ART 232Life Drawing II*3
GDES 275Graphic Design Internship*1
Note: A graphic design major may apply to this internship course if the student is also enrolled in or has completed all fourth-semester studio courses.

Total Program Hours: 68