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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Graphic Design, Transfer Pathway

Offered at Main Campus

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts degree at Indian Hills and transfer to a four-year institution and major in graphic design should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine specific requirements for the major they intend to pursue.  Students who complete the Graphic Design Transfer Pathway will receive an Associate of Arts degree.

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 Transfer Pathway 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Effectively apply general art and design concepts to the process of developing a graphic image.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of design programs in the development of graphic designs.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, problem solve and creatively develop a graphic design.
  4. Utilize and demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary movements of graphic design.
  5. Apply an aesthetic sensibility and awareness of graphic trends in media.
  6. Give form to ideas and/or concepts through self-expression.
    1. Become reflective and critical practitioners of graphic design.
    2. Approach graphic design with creative thought followed by critical reflection.
    3. Reflect on personal development in graphic design through continual self-evaluation.
  7. Develop academic skills appropriate for the study and understanding of graphic design.
    1. Apply appropriate research skills.
    2. Analyze graphic design.
    3. Create written and verbal criticism.
  8. Understand the dynamic, holistic and evolving nature of graphic design and the interdependencies of all aspects of art forms.
  9. Develop professionalism as it pertains to a creative work environment including attention to details, meeting deadlines, and using professional communication.

Career Possibilities

Career options for the Graphic Design Transfer Pathway 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 Transfer Pathway 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.

Recommended Courses

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.

  • The listed course sequence is provided as a guide only. The term when courses are offered is subject to change during the school year. 
Program Total: 63 Credits

Term I

Total: 11 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 11 Credits

Term IV

Total: 8 Credits

Term V

Total: 10 Credits

Term VI

Total: 11 Credits

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