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Florida Community College programs of study

Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design Technology (2267)

The graphic design curriculum has a prescribed sequence providing a balance between theory and practical application of graphic design. The College curriculum stresses diversity in the courses a student takes; general education requirements are taken alongside graphic design courses in typography, design methodologies and computer technologies.

The intention of the Graphic Design program is to provide a foundation upon which perceptual skills in design alternatives are investigated and a resource for a greater understanding and general knowledge of the profession. The beginning sequence of classes provides experience in conceptualizing and visualization using a variety of media and tools including computer technologies. In addition, advanced levels present communication problems through different problem-solving situations investigating the functional relationship of identity, information and persuasion. Throughout the program, the study of type and typography is investigated in terms of its aesthetic and functional possibilities within this problem-solving process.

A technical certificate is included as an option within this degree program. Students may choose to pursue an A.S. or A.A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Application Procedure

To enroll, complete a membership application and pay a one-time membership fee of $15. An official high school transcript or a copy of your high school equivalency degree is also necessary. Students may be admitted for any term (beginning in January, May, June or August). You must meet with the instructor or program director before enrolling in courses.

Attention Digital Media Arts students: Some of your GRA courses now have a DIG prefix. Double-check course descriptions in the online catalog for the correct DIG course number. If you have any questions contact the Program Manager at 904.646.2239.


General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
*Mathematics (3)
SPC 2016 Speech Communication for Business and the Professions (3)
*Social and Behavioral Science (3)
ARH 2050 Art History I (3)

Credit Hours: 15

Required Professional Courses
GRA 1110 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
GRA 1100 Computer Application: Mac OS and Applied Design (3)
ART 1300C Drawing I (3)
GRA 1105 Typography (3)
GRA 1156 Computer Application: Vector Graphics (3)
PGY 2401C Photography I (3)
GRA 2201 Computer Application: Raster Graphics (3)
GRA 1121 Computer Application: Print Publishing (3)
GRA 1111 Design Strategies I (3)
GRA 2144 Computer Application: Web Publishing (4)
GRA 1113 Design Strategies II (3)
GRA 2740 Producing Multimedia (3)
ARH 2051 Art History II (3)
GRA 1114 Design Strategies III (3)
GRA 1943 Internship (3)

Credit Hours: 46

Professional Electives
GRA 2580 Introduction to Digital Media (3) (DIG 2000 effective Fall 2005)
GRA 2160 Computer Animation I (3)
GRA 2207 Electronic Imaging II (3)

Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 64

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.

You have two options in this program: the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer to a state university, or the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.

Estimated tuition is $3,900 (for Florida residents, as of 7/04).


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