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THE PATH TO CREATIVE SUCCESS

ADVERTISING & GRAPHIC DESIGN Use this infographic to plan your semester courses. Classes may not be offered every semester and do not run over the summer, so plan accordingly. You must successfully complete all required General Education, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd semester courses, and pass a portfolio review before taking Graphic Design IV, Portfolio Design and Co-op.

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GRD 141

GRD 121

CREDIT HOURS: 4

CREDIT HOURS: 2

GRAPHIC DESIGN 1

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

This course introduces the conceptualization process used in visual problem solving. Emphasis is placed on learning the principles of design and on the manipulation and organization of elements. Upon completion, students should be able to apply design principles and visual elements to projects.

This course increases observation skills using basic drawing techniques and media in graphic design. Emphasis is placed on developing the use of graphic design principles, media applications, spatial considerations, drawing styles, and approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to show competence and proficiency in finished works.

GRD 151

GRD 113

CREDIT HOURS: 3

CREDIT HOURS: 3

COMPUTER DESIGN BASICS

This course covers designing and drawing with various types of software applications for advertising and graphic design. Emphasis is placed on creative and imaginative use of space, shapes, value, texture, color, and typography to provide effective solutions to advertising and graphic design problems. Upon completion, students should be able to use the computer as a creative tool.

HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

This course covers the history of graphic design and visual communications. Topics include major trends, developments, influences, and directions. Upon completion, students should be able to understand, recognize, and analyze important historical and world-wide cultural influences found in today's marketing of ideas and products.

ENGLISH 111: EXPOSITORY WRITING // BEHAVIORAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

GRD 142 2

GRD 131

GRAPHIC DESIGN 2

ILLUSTRATION

CREDIT HOURS: 4

CREDIT HOURS: 2

This course covers the application of visual elements and design principles in advertising and graphic design. Topics include creation of various designs, such as logos, advertisements, posters, outdoor advertising, and publication design. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively apply design principles and visual elements to projects.

This course introduces the application of rendering techniques to create illustrations. Emphasis is placed on controlling various media, methods, surfaces, design problems and the appropriate media selection process. Upon completion, students should be able to produce quality illustrations from conception through finished artwork.

GRD 110

GRD 152

CREDIT HOURS: 3

CREDIT HOURS: 3

TYPOGRAPHY 1

This course introduces the history and mechanics of type and its application to layout and design. Topics include typographic fundamentals, anatomy, measurements, composition, identification and terminology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in design application, analysis, specification and creation of typographic elements.

COMPUTER DESIGN TECH

This course covers complex design problems in interactive and online contexts. topics include usability and the appropriate use of typography, image and organization to communicate a message in an online environment. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate computer software to create professional interactive design solutions.

ENGLISH 112, 113, OR 114 // ART 115: ART HISTORY SURVEY II

GRD 241 3 GRAPHIC DESIGN 3 CREDIT HOURS: 4

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GRD 111 TYPOGRAPHY 2 CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is an advanced exploration of various techniques and media for advertising and graphic design. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence and professionalism in visual problem solving. Competence in analyzing and translating ideas and design solutions to clear, comprehensive visual layouts and mockups is to be stressed.

This course is a continuation of GRD 110. Emphasis is placed on solving challenging typographic problems. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and demonstrate advanced typographic applications.

GRD 180

GRD 282

CREDIT HOURS: 3

CREDIT HOURS: 2

INTERACTIVE DESIGN

This course covers skills and techniques used in designing interactive presentations. Emphasis is placed on design, including interface design, color, illustration, scripting, audio, typography, and animated elements. Upon completion, students should be able to design and produce interactive presentations.

ADVERTISING COPYWRITING

This course covers copywriting for print, electronic, and broadcast advertising and promotion. Topics include advertising strategies, proposals, headlines, slogans, and text copy for various types of advertising. Upon completion, students should be able to write and articulate advertising proposals and understand the ethical and regulatory environment for advertising.

MAT 115 (OR HIGHER) // COM 231: PUBLIC SPEAKING

STOP RIGHT THERE! In order to move forward in the Advertising & Graphic Design program, you must complete all required general education courses as well as successfully pass a portfolio review.

GRD 242 4

GRD 285

GRAPHIC DESIGN 4

CLIENT/MEDIA RELATIONS CREDIT HOURS: 3

CREDIT HOURS: 4 This course is a continuation of GRD 241. Emphasis is placed on using advanced media techniques, concepts, strategies and professionalism in all aspects of design. Upon completion, students should be able to conceptualize, create and produce designs for reproduction which demonstrate understanding and experience through the printed stage or final production level.

This course introduces media pricing, scheduling, and business ethics. Emphasis is placed on communication with clients and determination of clients’ advertising needs. Upon completion, students should be able to use professional communication skills to effectively orchestrate client/media relationships.

GRD 265

COE 221L

CREDIT HOURS: 3

CREDIT HOURS: 1

This course covers preparation of digital files for output and reproduction. Emphasis is placed on output options, separations, color proofing and cost and design considerations. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare files and select appropriate output methods for design solutions.

CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE

This course provides work experience with a college-approved employer in the student’s program of study. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and perform work-related competencies.

4TH OR 5TH SEMESTER

DIGITAL PRINT PRODUCTION

GRD 280

COE 221L

PORTFOLIO DESIGN

CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE

CREDIT HOURS: 4

CREDIT HOURS: 1

This course covers the organization and presentation of a design, advertising or graphic art portfolio and appropriate related materials. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and professionally present an effective portfolio and related self-promotional materials.

This course provides work experience with a college approved employer in an area related to the student’s program of study. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and perform work-related competencies.

GRD 263

WEB 110

ART 232

GRA 121

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGING

INTERNET/WEB FUNDAMENTALS

PRINTMAKING 2

GRAPHIC ARTS 1

GRD 167

ART 231

PRN 155

PRN 221

PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING

PRINTMAKING 1

SCREEN PRINTING 1

OFFSET PRESS OPERATIONS

CPCC Advertising & Graphic Design Path to Success  
CPCC Advertising & Graphic Design Path to Success  

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