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6/16/2021 6:25:00 PM

Visual Communication—Graphic Design, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum VIC.VIC.AAS (C248C)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

 

Explore the exciting world of Visual Communication at Triton College. In this innovative program, you will work with practicing artist-educators to explore the artistic and technical components of Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation, Digital Video, and Digital Photography. Master the tools of Adobe CC including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with our hands-on approach to learning. Create professional marketing materials as well as works of art. The program teaches you how to develop your eye by exploring the principals of design. For the capstone project you will create a portfolio of your images to be used for self-promotion. Upon successful completion of this program, students will have the technical skills to gain entry level employment in the field of Graphic Design. Additionally, the AAS degree contains general education courses for students who wish to transfer to a four-year school.

 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design Degree program, the graduate will be able to:

  • design digital and print layouts that are based on foundational design principles;
  • create digital and print layouts that are based on proficiencies in typography;
  • develop visual narratives using illustration, raster images and photos in print and digital media;
  • define the production output process for print and media; and
  • produce a professional-level portfolio that gives evidence of meeting industry standard.

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

VIC 100Graphic Design

3 credits

VIC 121Introduction to Adobe InDesign

3 credits

VIC 142Introduction to Illustrator

3 credits

VIC 161Introduction to Photoshop

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

VIC 104Computer Art I

3 credits

VIC 202Advanced InDesign and Typography #

3 credits

VIC 242Advanced Illustrator #

3 credits

VIC 261Advanced Photoshop #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
Note: Grade of ‘C’ or high is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102. Students must complete RHT 101, with SPE 101, or RHT 101 with RHT 102. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101◊, RHT 102 and SPE 101 to meet university requirements.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
VIC 162Digital Photography

3 credits

VIC 163Digital Studio Photography

3 credits

VIC 273Introduction to Animation

3 credits

VIC 285Digital Video

3 credits

General education/Mathematics and/or Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
MCM 151Cinema Appreciation

3 credits

VIC 160History of Photography

3 credits

VIC 172Web Page Design #

3 credits

VIC 282Portfolio for Graphic Design #

3 credits

Program electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Program Electives (3):

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 117Drawing I

3 credits

ART 119Two-Dimensional Design

3 credits

MCM 160Reporting and Writing for Multimedia

3 credits

VIC 165Photography Exploration #

3 credits

VIC 263Advanced Digital Studio Photography #

3 credits

VIC 264Advanced Digital Photography #

3 credits

VIC 265Photo Production and Lightroom #

3 credits

VIC 275Designing for Social Media

3 credits

VIC 286Advanced Digital Video #

3 credits

VIC 288Video Editing

3 credits

VIC 290Cooperative Work Experience #

1-2 credits

VIC 296Special Topics in Visual Communication

1 - 4 credits

Graduation Requirements

Course NumberTitleCredits

General education:

AAS degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total semester hours for program required courses program specific electives and other electives toward the AAS Degree in Graphic Design

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:45

General education General Studies Degree requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Two courses (six semester hours). Department choice of RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊ or RHT 101◊ with SPE 101◊. If transferring, it is suggested to take all three courses.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities or Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours are required for graduation; department choice whether courses are taken from each discipline or two courses from same discipline, to include one approved Human Diversity course.
  • Mathematics or Physical or Life Science: One course (three semester hours); review specific program requirements for your selected curriculum.
Course NumberTitleCredits

See VIC course descriptions.

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