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Digital Design and Graphics incorporates all of the processes and industries that create, develop, produce or disseminate ideas, concepts, and information utilizing words or images. Digital Design and Graphics is the interaction of advertising, graphic design, publishing, package design, marketing, interactive media and photography.

This program will prepare the student for various positions in the expanding field of visual communications or for transfer to a four- year institution. Students will prepare a portfolio that will show the work they created in this program, develop a strong visual and verbal resume, and practice the skills needed to effectively present their portfolio to prospective employers.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Digital Design and Graphics, the graduate will be able to:

  • Explain the Digital Design and Graphics business and be able to interact with clients, marketing, copy writers, Web designers, photographers and printing companies
  • Utilize the most widely used industry software programs: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter X and be introduced to Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Flash
  • Identify the management of color for print media, photography, and interactive media
  • Recognize and interpret digital photography and how to implement in all creative areas
  • Examine how an advertising agency organization works on projects for clients
  • Explain and discuss how to work in a creative environment as an individual and as a team member
  • Effectively prepare and present a creative portfolio
  • Recognize the importance of good verbal and written communications.

The Digital Design & Graphics Certificates combine design and typography basics with focused instruction on industry-standards: page layout, image manipulation, and computer illustration software. These certificates are designed for working professionals with significant experience in digital design and graphics.

Software/Hardware Requirements

Students taking courses in this curriculum may need to own or have access to hardware or software to pursue this degree. This is particularly important for students who are enrolled in online/ distance learning sections of a particular course. Check with the program advisor to discuss specific course needs and options.

Digital Design and Graphics Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
DDG 1000 Survey of Digital Design 3
DDG 1200 Color Management/Business of Design 3
DDG 1100 Introduction to Computer Design 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
DDG 1525 Storyboarding 3
DDG 1535 Advertising Design I 3
DDG 1545 Effective Visual Communications 2
MKTG 1020 Branding 3
DDG 1555 Adobe Photoshop I/A 3
DDG 1565 Interactive Adobe InDesign 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17
Summer Semester . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list 3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE- HUM list 3
DDG 2650 Digital Painting 3
NAT XXXX Refer to approved GE - NAT list 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 3 . .
DDG 2550 Typography for Advertising & Design 3
DDG 2750 Adobe Illustrator I/A 3
DDG 2994 Current Topics in Advertising & Design 1
IMM 1120 Fundamentals of Interactive Media 4
FOTO 1140 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
IMM 2620 Website Design/Creation 3
DDG 2975 Ad Agency/Portfolio Development 3
DDG 2802 Digital Design & Graphics Seminar 1
DDG 2902 Digital Design & Graphics Practicum 3
IMM 2370 Flash I & II 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   . 73

Approved General Education (GE) List

SBS - GE-Social Behavioral Science Requirement (select one)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography 3
POLS 1100 American Government 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3

HUM - GE-Art/Humanities Requirement (select one)

HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I:  1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II:  1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

SBS - GE-Natural/Physical Science Requirement(select one)

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe 3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System 3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies 3
ASTR 1400 Astronomy Laboratory 1
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I 4
BIO 1112 Introduction to Biology I 4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I 4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II 4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology 4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I 4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology 4
CHEM 1100 Chemistry and Society 5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II 5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science 4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks 3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 1122 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters 3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy 3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion 5
PHYS 1200 Algebra-Based Physics I 5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II 5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I 5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Physics II 5

Digital Design Certificate

Semester 1 . .
DDG 1100 Introduction to Computer Design 3
DDG 1545 Effective Visual Communications 2
DDG 2650 Digital Painting 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 8
Semester 2 . .
DDG 1535 Advertising Design I 3
DDG 1555 Adobe Photoshop I/A 3
DDG 1565 Interactive Adobe InDesign 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 9
Summer Semester . .
DDG 2550 Typography for Advertising & Design 3
DDG 2750 Adobe Illustrator I/A 3
DDG 2975 Ad Agency/Portfolio Development 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 26

Adobe InDesign Advanced Certificate

DDG 1100 Introduction to Computer Design**  3
DDG 1555 Adobe Photoshop I/A  3
DDG 2750 Adobe Illustrator I/A  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 9

Adobe Photoshop Advanced Certificate

DDG 1100 Introduction to Computer Design**  3
DDG 1565 Interactive Adobe InDesign  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 6

Adobe Illustrator Certificate

DDG 1100 Introduction to Computer Design**  3
DDG 1555 Adobe Photoshop I/A  3
IMM 1160 Media Graphics and Optimization  3
FOTO 2120 Advanced Photoshop for Photographers  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 12

Digital Painting Certificate

DDG 2650 Digital Painting  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 3