Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Coffindaffer, Kari Carlson

Assistant Dean, School of Business, Aviation & Technology
Coordinator and Professor of Graphics Technology
304-367-4638
302B Engineering Technology Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

The A. A. S. Graphics Technology Degree provides training in visual communications, where students will learn to plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. This program focuses on the technical aspects of graphic design, preparing students for entry-level positions in areas of print, multimedia, and web design.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Graphics Technology, Students will be able to:
 
  • demonstrate the transformation of information into creative, conceptually appropriate design solutions using industry-standard production software and hardware
  • demonstrate graphic design theory to include the principles of design, elements of composition, and typography in the creation of aesthetically pleasing artifacts
  • prepare a graphic design portfolio of work that clearly demonstrates their effectiveness as visual communicators
  • use graphics concepts to effectively evaluate and execute the decisions of others in verbal and written form
  • communicate effectively with clients and supervisors during the design process and perform as an effective team member.
Opportunities: 
Graduates with the associate of applied science degree in Graphics Technology are qualified for entry level positions to work as Layout Artists, Graphic Design Assistants, Web Design Technicians and Free-lance Graphic Artists.
 
Many students continue their education towards a Bachelors degree in Graphics Technology, Graphic Design or related fields.
Program Specific Accreditation: 

Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
1390 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 677-0720
www.ATMAE.org

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
33 CHs

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1140

Design I: 2D
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1141

Design II: 3D
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1142

Drawing I: Foundations of Drawing
3
CH(s)

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

DRFT 1100

Engineering Graphics
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

PHYS 1100

Physics in Motion
3
CH(s)
ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
MATH: MTH 1207 is a 3 credits course. Math ACT of 19, SAT Quantitative score of 460, COMPASS Math score of 36, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
GNED ELEC must be chosen from Artistic Expression grouping.
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
27 CHs

GRAP 1100

Graphics Communications Processes
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1125

Multimedia Concepts
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1145

Vector & Raster Imaging
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2230

Graphic Design I
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2235

Graphic Design II
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2240

Photography Concepts
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2260

Emerging Technologies
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2995

Graphics Practicum
3
CH(s)

OFAD 2250

Desktop Publishing
3
CH(s)

In addition to meeting the minimum residency requirement for graduation, students in the Graphics Technology Program must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of their technical course work at Pierpont Community & Technical College.

Students interested in completing an internet publishing emphasis will complete the Graphics Technology model schedule (60 CHs) with an additional 9 CHs in the area of emphasis (69 CHs).

Model Schedule
First Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

GRAP 1101

Fundamentals of Graphic Design
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1125

Multimedia Concepts
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
Second Semester

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1142

Drawing I: Foundations of Drawing
3
CH(s)

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1145

Vector & Raster Imaging
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2255

Internet Animation
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

COMM 2200 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104. COMM 2201 or 2202 may be substituted for COMM 2200.
INFO 2240 may be substituted for GRAP 2255

Third Semester

ARTD 1140

Design I: 2D
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2205

Introduction to Solid Modeling
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2230

Graphic Design I
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2240

Photography Concepts
3
CH(s)

PHY 1103

Physics of Light and Color
3
CH(s)

PHY 1103L

Physics of Light and Color Lab
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs
Fourth Semester

ARTD 2271

Illustration and Publication
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2235

Graphic Design II
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2261

Social Media Management
2
CH(s)

GRAP 2280

Internet Publishing
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2995

Graphics Practicum
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs
Program Documents: 
ATMAE Bylaws Advisory Board Minutes
CHEA April 29th, 2011
   

 

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