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2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version I 
2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version I [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design (AAS)

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Offered at The Art Institute of Charlotte  and The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham .

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design degree program is a six-quarter, 90-credit program, emphasizing hands-on learning and technical skills. Students in the Graphic Design program have the opportunity to  utilize industry-related technology and software to complete projects. Course topics include typography, illustration, interface design and web development. With an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design, graduates can pursue entry-level jobs such as graphic designer and production artist.

Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of color, composition, design and technology. As students progress through the program, training is provided in technical problem solving andoffering solutions that are effective in the business world and applicable on various mediums.

Emphasis is placed on technical competency and creative problem solving as it relates to technology, design, and development. Skills and techniques of advanced technologies are often taught by industry professionals. Tools include scanners, digital cameras, mobile devices and various hardware and software.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Design - Demonstrate versatile, aesthetic solutions of layout and design. This includes proper understanding and usage of; space, line, color, shape, texture, form and value. Typographic and photographic hierarchy structures will also be considered
  • Conceptual - Demonstrate conceptual thinking through work that reflects historical and contemporary trends by answering design problems with creative visuals and writings
  • Visual Communication - Express a clear message to specific demographics using various mediums
  • Professional Presentation - Articulate their chosen design direction and solution by communicating their mastery knowledge of graphic design, problem solving, ethics and industry standards in a visual presentation

Requirements for graduation

Credit Hours: 90
Number of Weeks: 66 (6 quarters)
Contact Hours: 1,232

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