2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Graphic Design (AS)
As of July 1, 2016 South University no longer accepts applications for entrance into the Associate of Science in Graphic Design program.
The Associate of Science in Graphic Design degree program is designed to help students prepare for entry-level positions in the ever-changing and diverse field of advertising, publishing, and communications. Students develop technical and aesthetic skills through hands-on experience with illustration, graphic design, computer graphics, desktop publishing, designing with type, production, and photography.
Graduates of the program are prepared to seek entry-level positions such as assistant designer, graphic designer, production artist, and layout artist. The program is structured so that a student can continue directly into the Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design degree program.
Students in the program may demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:
- Basic level of understanding of the overall creative process in the graphic arts.
- Strong foundation in the application of design principles, color theories and typographic fundamentals in a portfolio of design work.
- Ability to create new conceptual design ideas from available research or other data.
- Critical thinking skills in sketching, planning, and producing design projects.
- Basic knowledge of graphic design history, design and art styles, the impact of evolving technology on the graphic arts, and modern trends in art and design.
- Portfolio organization, neatness, and precision - and a basic understanding of artwork and presentation standards for print media.
- Solid foundation in basic operation and use of computer systems and design software, as well as other peripherals and traditional tools commonly found in graphic design businesses.
- Growing commitment to developing design skills and to lifelong learning.