Graphic Design

Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design

Turn your creative side into a career. Take classes in design, layout, typography and earn a degree in graphic design

Degree Overview

Degree Quick-Stats:

Number of credits:
106
Average cohort size:
31
Average class size:
17

The graphic design degree emphasizes ideas and creativity above all else, while also providing a firm technical foundation in software and production. Classes in design, color theory, illustration, typography, layout and software form the basis for designers as they learn to solve communications challenges. Classes take a projects-based approach to instruction, with many hands-on, practical assignments in a collaborative environment.

Students also have the opportunity to work with outside clients on live projects in the Design Studio course. Students will produce both a print and a digital portfolio of work including a personal logo, résumé and website in preparation for entering the job market.

A portfolio show, introducing you to the business community, is at the end of spring term your final year.

Careers

Students earning the Graphic Design AAS can work in a number of different positions, including:

  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Prepress Professional
  • Web Designer
  • Print Service Representative
  • Quick-Print Production Specialist

Job Outlook

Graphic design employment is expected to grow 10-15% over the next 5-10 years. Creative individuals with technical expertise are limited only by their skill and capacity for work.

Graphic Design AAS Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degrees should be able to:

  • Work with others in the creation and production of original ideas and graphic design and/or interactive media.
  • Research and present design solutions to communication projects.
  • Use current and evolving industry standard methods and processes in the production and crafting of graphic design and/or interactive communications.
  • Articulate and apply the trade practices, ethics, and copyright laws related to graphic arts.
  • Participate in a client-designer relationship in the implementation and evaluation of projects.
  • Organize and present a portfolio of work that gives evidence of the skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin a graphic design and/or interactive media career or transfer to a four-year college for additional study.

Student Work Examples

Our students create amazing work. We've shared some of their best work to help you see what class projects are like.

View Graphic Design Work

Overview Sessions

If you would like information about graphic design and other degree options at Chemeketa, we invite you to attend an overview session of the Visual Communications program. During the session, a VC faculty member presents on the program options, shows student work, provides information about the application process, discusses transfer and career possibilities and answer all your questions.

The next overview is Wednesday February 27th, 4:30–6:00 PM in Building 4, room 225. Everyone is welcome and reservations are not required.

Next Steps

Interested in joining the Visual Communications program? Follow these links to help you prepare to apply.

  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more of the practical details of being a VC student.
  • Thoroughly review the How To Apply section for information on the application process.
  • Plan to attend an Overview Session to hear first-hand about the VC experience, and get your individual questions answered.

Course of Study for Graphic Design

For students entering the program in fall of 2016, 2017, or 2018

Printable PDF of all curriculum tracks (includes 3-year plans)

Course Course Title Credits

Getting Started

MTH020 Basic Math 4
RD115 Academic Thinking & Reading 3
WR115 Introduction to Composition 4
Total 11

Term One - Fall

ART115 Design 1 4
ART131 Intro to Drawing 1 (or higher) 4
VC111 Introduction to Visual Communications 4
VC114 Introduction to Digital Graphics 4
Total 16

Term Two - Winter

ART207 Graphic Design Literacy 4
ART224 Type Design 1 4
VC115 Introduction to Digital Layout 4
* Graphic Design Elective (may be taken any term) 2
WR121 The College Essay 4
Total 18

Term Three - Spring

ART118 Digital Design and Color 4
ART225 Type Design 2 4
ART234 Figure Drawing 4
VC224 Layout 1: Page Design 4
COMM112 Persuasive Speaking 4
Total 20

Term Four - Fall

ART221 Graphic Design 1: Icons & Symbols 4
ART238 OR
ART265
Introduction to Illustration OR
Digital Photography
3
4
VC225 Layout 2: Intermediate Page Design 4
VC246 File Prep 3
VC272A Design Studio (or Winter or Spring) 2
Total 16/17

Term Five - Winter

ART222 Graphic Design 2: Logo Design 4
ART239 Introduction to Digital Illustration 3
VC226 Layout 3: Publication Design 4
VC235 Interface Design 3
PSY104 Psychology in the Workplace 4
Total 18

Term Six - Spring

ART223 Graphic Design 3: Package Design 4
VC283 Business of Graphic Arts 4
VC284 Portfolio 4
VC285A Design Portfolio Preparation 2
MTH060 Introductory Algebra (or higher) 4
Total 18
Total Credits 106/107

For More Information

For more information about graphic design or other degrees or classes offered by the VC program, contact the Program Chair Peter Hoelter at peter.hoelter@chemeketa.edu or 503.399.6475.