Graphic Design (GRD)

Description

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.

Beginning in Fall Semester 2020, students entering the Graphic Design program will be expected to own a laptop computer and a subscription to cloud-based software used in classes. Current students are strongly recommended to meet this requirement. Additional information is available here or from the program chair.

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

Related Programs

Program Code

GRD.AAS

Benefits

Employment Options

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.

Curriculum

Effective 2019-2020 academic year

Graphic Design (GRD)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
MID 120 Drawing Fundamentals for Multimedia Information Design ( B) 2 3 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
ART 125 Design Principles 2 3 3
MKT 115 Marketing Research for Multimedia Professionals 3 0 3
Semester 2      
MAT 120 Technical Mathematics ( G) 2 2 3
GRD 120 Beginning 2D Graphics: Bitmap ( B) 2 3 3
GRD 130 Beginning 2D Graphics: Vector ( T) 2 3 3
WEB 111 Web Development 1 ( B) 2 3 3
ART 120 Design History ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3      
GRD 150 Design Concepts: Typography ( T) 2 3 3
GRD 200 Graphic Design Portfolio Review ( T) 1 0 1
GRD 215 Applied 2D Graphics: GRD ( T) 2 3 3
MID 190 Career Preparation: Multimedia Information Design ( B) 2 0 2
GRD 250 User Interface Design and Implementation 2 3 3
Semester 4      
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
XXX XXX Animation Elective (T)   2 3 3
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
GRD 240 Packaging Design 2 3 3
Semester 5      
GIT 255 Graphic Imaging Production Processes ( T) 2 3 3
GRD 290 Graphic Design Capstone ( T) 2 3 3
GRD 230 Brand Identity Development 2 3 3
Semester 6      
GRD 294 Internship 1: Graphic Design ( T) 1 40 2
Total Credits:   48 81 63

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Animation Elective  
AVP 240 Motion Graphics/Compositing: After Effects 3
GRD 260 3D Visualization 5
Social/Behavioral Science Elective  
Any CRJ, ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC 3

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

Contacts

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