AAB Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design Course

VMCAD’s Graphic Design faculty consists of various industry professionals, from illustration and ad layout to creative marketing and web design. The instructors and hands-on curriculum heightens both creative instincts and software capabilities. This 108 credit hour Associate of Applied Business Degree can be completed in eight quarters or 24 months.

Today’s graphic artists must have effective communication skills in addition to industry standard software knowledge and artistic ability. Companies are looking for individuals that bring a high level of professionalism to the workplace. VMCAD’s Graphic Design program simulates the professional design industry through its projects and unique classroom environments.

Graphic Design is one of the most diverse fields of all the applied arts. The program prepares students for entry-level Graphic Design positions including illustrators, print and web designers, and production artists.

AAB Graphic Design Program Outline

108 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Quarter 1

Credits

ENG101English Writing3
ART103Basic Color Theory3
GD103History of Graphic Design3
GD104Typography I: Foundations of Typography3
CD119Career Development Seminar I3
Total15
 

Quarter 2

Credits

ENG102Verbal Communications of Visual Concepts3
MATH143Foundations of Quantitative Literacy3
HUM160History of Art I3
GD105Concept Development: Print3
GD106Typography 2: Information Architecture3
Total15

 

Quarter 3

Credits

SS121Emotional Intelligence3
PHIL144The Power of Critical Thinking3
GD114Design & Layout 1: Advertising Design3
GD115Design & Layout 2: Business Graphics3
GD116Design & Layout 3: Product & Packaging3
Total15
 
 

Quarter 4

Credits

ENG201Principles of Rhetoric3
HUM260History of Art II3
BUS200Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities3
GD221Portfolio Lab 1: GD Portfolio Preparation3
GD205Concept Development: Web3
Total15
 

 

Quarter 5

Credits

SS210General Principles of Law3
GD291Web Design 1: The Anatomy of a Web Page3
GD211Writing for Web3
GD224Design & Layout 4: Logos, Symbols & Icons3
Total12
 

Quarter 6

Credits

SS260Principles of Economics3
GD292Web Design 2: Designing for Interaction6
GDElective3
Total12
 

Quarter 7

Credits

CUL300Idea Generation and Applied Creativity3
CUL301Design Principles: Theory and Practice3
GD393Web Design 3: Beyond the Web6
Total12
 

Quarter 8

Credits

CD290Career Development Internship3
GD363Designing for Personal Brand3
GD331Portfolio Lab 2: Final Graphic Design Portfolio3
GDElective3
Total12

Required for all GD Students:

X040 Introduction to Computers - 2 credits

X050 Art Fundamentals or Portfolio Review - 2 credits 

Graphic Design Electives

GD225Design & Layout 5: Strategic Design
GD226Design & Layout 6: Design Adaptability
GD212Principles of Motion
GD213Digital Motion Design
GD310Principles of Animation
GD311Digital Animation
GD141Principles of Illustration
GD241Digital Illustration
GD231Apparel Design I: Concept Development & Production Process
GD232Apparel Design 2: Advanced Design & Production
BUS135Design Methods
BUS215Design Management
BUS201Design Thinking
BUS340Managing Innovation and Change
BUS305Managing Creative Minds

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