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:
 
  • Work with various graphics software packages.
  • Design and export graphic content for various platforms.
  • Capture, edit and export video in a digital environment.
  • Design, implement, and maintain original websites.
  • Use basic photography for graphic design solutions.
  • Create original digital artwork for graphic design solutions.
  • Shoot and digitally alter original digital photographs.
  • Plan, create, and produce digital animation.
  • Create original illustration art for print, packaging and digital graphic design solutions.
Students who choose to pursue the Internet publishing option (an additional 9 credits) will be able to generate design solutions for inter-active media.
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 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)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
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

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

GRAP 1100

Graphics Communications Processes
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1145

Vector & Raster Imaging
3
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 1142

Drawing I: Foundations of Drawing
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

GRAP 1145

Vector & Raster Imaging
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

OFAD 2250

Desktop Publishing
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

COMM 2200 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104. COMM 2201 or 2202 may be substituted for COMM 2200.
ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): 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.
Third Semester

ARTD 1140

Design I: 2D
3
CH(s)

DRFT 1100

Engineering Graphics
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2230

Graphic Design I
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2240

Photography Concepts
3
CH(s)

PHYS 1100

Physics in Motion
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Fourth Semester

ARTD 1141

Design II: 3D
3
CH(s)

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2235

Graphic Design II
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2260

Emerging Technologies
3
CH(s)

GRAP 2995

Graphics Practicum
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

COMM 2201 OR COMM 2202 may be substituted for COMM 2200.

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