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

Notice to Students: 

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, and must maintain a grade of "C" or better in all Program Specific Required Coursework.

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 2271

Illustration and Publication
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1142

Drawing I: Foundations of Drawing
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2205

Introduction to Solid Modeling
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

INFO 2240

Programming, Data & File Structures
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

PHY 1103

Physics of Light and Color
3
CH(s)

PHY 1103L

Physics of Light and Color Lab
1
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.
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
27 CHs

GRAP 1101

Fundamentals of Graphic Design
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 2261

Social Media Management
2
CH(s)

GRAP 2280

Internet Publishing
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2995

Graphics Practicum
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.

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.
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.
Semester Credit hours may total 15 or 18, depending on MTH and ENGL course taken.
Eighth Semester

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1142

Drawing I: Foundations of Drawing
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1145

Vector & Raster Imaging
3
CH(s)

INFO 2240

Programming, Data & File Structures
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

COM 2200 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104. 
GRAP 2255 may be substituted for INFO 2240

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
PHY 1104 Physics of Sound and Music and PHY 1104L Physics of Sound and Music Lab may be substituted for PHY 1103 and PHY 1103L
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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