Graphic Design (GRD)


Students in the Graphic Design program begin their studies with emphasis on two-dimensional art and design, both traditional and computer-based, using industry-standard software products. After successful completion of a required portfolio review process, students focus on advanced skills such as brand design and implementation, and motion design.

Currently many courses required for the degree are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some of the required courses also are offered in the evening or on weekends.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Job titles for graduates include graphic designer, motion designer, production artist, or web graphics/interface designer.

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Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Create 2-D vector-based and raster-based illustration and composition
  • Digitally create original art
  • Model, texture, light, render, and animate in 3-D
  • Use basic video skills including shooting, digitizing, and post-processing
  • Use 2-D and 3-D software applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Maya
  • Use web languages and tools such as HTML and Flash

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • 3-D Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Web Graphics Designer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$26,000 to $44,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

Good, although competition for employment is significant. Opportunities are best for designers with skills in web and multimedia design as well as print communication. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of graphic designers will increase by 7 percent through 2022.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wilmington College

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Advertising Club of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Curiosity Advertising
  • Fisher Design
  • Sonoco-CorrFlex

Co-op Salary Projections

$9 to $12/hour. Some positions are unpaid internships.


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Graphic Design (GRD)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
MID 120Drawing Fundamentals for Multimedia Information Design ( B) 233
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
ART 125Design Principles 233
MKT 115Marketing Research for Multimedia Professionals 303
Semester 2  
MAT 120Technical Mathematics ( G) 223
GRD 120Beginning 2D Graphics: Bitmap ( B) 233
GRD 130Beginning 2D Graphics: Vector ( T) 233
WEB 111Web Development 1 ( B) 233
ART 120Design History ( G) 303
Semester 3  
GRD 150Design Concepts: Typography ( T) 233
GRD 200Graphic Design Portfolio Review ( T) 101
GRD 215Applied 2D Graphics: GRD ( T) 233
MID 190Career Preparation: Multimedia Information Design ( B) 202
GRD 250User Interface Design and Implementation 233
Semester 4  
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
XXX XXX Animation Elective (T)  233
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
GRD 240Packaging Design 233
Semester 5  
GIT 255Graphic Imaging Production Processes ( T) 233
GRD 290Graphic Design Capstone ( T) 233
GRD 230Brand Identity Development 233
Semester 6  
GRD 294Internship 1: Graphic Design ( T) 1402
Total Credits:  488163


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Animation Elective
AVP 240Motion Graphics/Compositing: After Effects3
GRD 2603D Visualization5
Social/Behavioral Science Elective

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Jason Caudill, MS
(513) 569-1777
Co-op Coordinator
Andrea (Andi) Feld, BA
(513) 569-1457
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