Offered Only at Main Campus
Computer graphics technology has significantly impacted both fine and commercial art careers over the last decade. Artist/Designers are finding unparalleled opportunity to apply their skills with public and commercial enterprises.
The graphic design focus area prepares students for entry into various design careers that utilize print and electronic media. Although students within the program have traditional preparation, the graphic design program helps students understand and apply those fundamental art and design skills to the larger context of the visual communications industry. Skill development within this program emphasizes various graphic processes, cognitive and creative skill development and aesthetic awareness. Students enrolled within the program are encouraged to pursue four-year baccalaureate degree art programs in graphic design, illustration or related programs of instruction.
Students who take the courses recommended in the graphic design focus area will be able to:
- effectively apply general art and design concepts to the process of developing a graphic image.
- demonstrate an ability to use a variety of vector, raster, and page layout programs in the development of graphic designs for publication.
- demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, problem solve and creatively develop a graphic design.
- utilize and demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary movements of graphic design during the last century.
- apply an aesthetic sensibility and awareness of graphic trends in electronic and print media.
Career options for the graphic design major with a baccalaureate degree are varied within the advertising and commercial art industries. Current trends indicate significant growth and employment for prepared individuals in many aspects of the printed and electronic media utilized by advertising and manufacturing companies. Graphic designers, illustrators, typographers and layout designers are common areas of employment for the graphic design major.
Preparation for IHCC:
Many courses within the graphic design curriculum are introductory level. Students are encouraged to speak with IHCC art instructors or academic counselors for specific enrollment information. Students who pursue a graphic design focus must demonstrate a strong interest in the visual arts with additional interest in working with highly technical information utilized in the graphic design industry.
Students planning to transfer to four-year baccalaureate degree programs of art and design are urged to familiarize themselves with the prospective department and institutional requirements for graduation. Students should visit with IHCC advisors and their respective art instructors for additional information regarding course selections.