Interactive Media Option
AAS in Graphic Design with an Option in Interactive Media
Begin your career in Web design.
Take classes in Web coding, Cascading Style Sheets, layout, and typography, and earn a degree in Graphic Design with an option in Interactive Media
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The interactive media option of the graphic design degree emphasizes ideas and creativity above all else, while also providing a firm technical foundation in software and production. Classes in Web and graphic design, HTML & CSS, computer programming, motion graphics, and software form the basis for entry-level Web designers as they learn to solve online 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 real projects in the Web Studio course. Students will produce both a digital and print 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.
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 with an Option in Interactive Media can work in a number of different positions, including:
- Junior Web Designer
- Digital Content Designer
- Entry-level UX/UI Designer
- WordPress Content Specialist
- Entry-level Graphic Designer
- Production Designer
Web design/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 Web 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: Interactive Media Option
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|
|*||Interactive Media Elective (may be taken any term)||2|
Term Three - Spring
|ART118||Digital Design and Color||4|
|ART225||Type Design 2||4|
|VC224||Layout 1: Page Design||4|
|VC237||Web Design 1||4|
Term Four - Fall
|ART221||Graphic Design 1: Icons & Symbols||4|
|VC238||Web Design 2||4|
|VC272B||Web Studio (or winter)||2|
|CIS121||Introduction to Programming||4|
Term Five - Winter
|ART222||Graphic Design 2: Logo Design||4|
|VC239||Web Design 3||4|
|CIS133SC||Fundamentals of Scripting Languages||4|
|PSY104||Psychology in the Workplace||4|
Term Six - Spring
|VC283||Business of Graphic Arts||4|
|VC285B||Web 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.399.6475.