Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design
Turn your creative side into a career. Take classes in design, layout, typography and earn a degree in graphic design
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The graphic design degree emphasizes ideas and creativity above all else, while also providing a firm technical foundation in software and production. Classes in design, color theory, illustration, typography, layout and software form the basis for designers as they learn to solve communications challenges. Classes take a projects-based approach to instruction, with many hands-on, practical assignments in a collaborative environment.
Students also have the opportunity to work with outside clients on live projects in the Design Studio course. Students will produce both a print and a digital portfolio of work including a personal logo, résumé and website in preparation for entering the job market.
A portfolio show, introducing you to the business community, is at the end of spring term your final year.
Students earning the Graphic Design AAS can work in a number of different positions, including:
- Junior Graphic Designer
- Production Designer
- Prepress Professional
- Web Designer
- Print Service Representative
- Quick-Print Production Specialist
Graphic design employment is expected to grow 10-15% over the next 5-10 years. Creative individuals with technical expertise are limited only by their skill and capacity for work.
Graphic Design AAS Degree Outcomes
Students completing the degrees should be able to:
- Work with others in the creation and production of original ideas and graphic design and/or interactive media.
- Research and present design solutions to communication projects.
- Use current and evolving industry standard methods and processes in the production and crafting of graphic design and/or interactive communications.
- Articulate and apply the trade practices, ethics, and copyright laws related to graphic arts.
- Participate in a client-designer relationship in the implementation and evaluation of projects.
- Organize and present a portfolio of work that gives evidence of the skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin a graphic design and/or interactive media career or transfer to a four-year college for additional study.
Student Work Examples
Our students create amazing work. We've shared some of their best work to help you see what class projects are like.
View Graphic Design Work
If you would like information about graphic design and other degree options at Chemeketa, we invite you to attend an overview session of the Visual Communications program. During the session, a VC faculty member presents on the program options, shows student work, provides information about the application process, discusses transfer and career possibilities and answer all your questions.
The next overview is Wednesday May 6th, 2020 (tentative); 4:30–6:00 PM in Building 4, room 225. Everyone is welcome and reservations are not required.
Interested in joining the Visual Communications program? Follow these links to help you prepare to apply.
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more of the practical details of being a VC student.
- Thoroughly review the How To Apply section for information on the application process.
- Plan to attend an Overview Session to hear first-hand about the VC experience, and get your individual questions answered.
Course of Study for Graphic Design
For students entering the program in fall of 2016–2019
Printable PDF of all curriculum tracks (includes 3-year plans)
|RD115||Academic Thinking & Reading||3|
|WR115||Introduction to Composition||4|
Term One - Fall
|ART131||Intro to Drawing 1 (or higher)||4|
|VC111||Introduction to Visual Communications||4|
|VC114||Introduction to Digital Graphics||4|
Term Two - Winter
|ART207||Graphic Design Literacy||4|
|ART224||Type Design 1||4|
|VC115||Introduction to Digital Layout||4|
|*||Graphic Design Elective (may be taken any term)||2|
|WR121||The College Essay||4|
Term Three - Spring
|ART118||Digital Design and Color||4|
|ART225||Type Design 2||4|
|VC224||Layout 1: Page Design||4|
Term Four - Fall
|ART221||Graphic Design 1: Icons & Symbols||4|
|Introduction to Illustration OR
|VC225||Layout 2: Intermediate Page Design||4|
|VC272A||Design Studio (or Winter or Spring)||2|
Term Five - Winter
|ART222||Graphic Design 2: Logo Design||4|
|ART239||Introduction to Digital Illustration||3|
|VC226||Layout 3: Publication Design||4|
|PSY104||Psychology in the Workplace||4|
Term Six - Spring
|ART223||Graphic Design 3: Package Design||4|
|VC283||Business of Graphic Arts||4|
|VC285A||Design Portfolio Preparation||2|
|MTH060||Introductory Algebra (or higher)||4|
For More Information
For more information about graphic design or other degrees or classes offered by the VC program, contact the Program Chair Peter Hoelter at email@example.com or 503.399.6475.