Graphic Design

Design a career limited only by your imagination.

Monroe Community College’s visual communication technology: graphic design A.A.S. program lets you develop marketable design skills that complement your creative talents. This program attracts students who plan to put their training to work in many areas, including:

  • Print
  • Web
  • Interactive
  • Package design
  • Motion graphics
  • Computer gaming

The graphic design associate degree prepares you for today’s job market or future studies, depending on your career goals. MCC graduates who choose to earn bachelor’s degrees have gone on to graphic design programs at many schools, including:

  • SUNY:

    • University of Buffalo
    • Brockport
    • Fredonia
    • Oswego
    • New Paltz

  • Parsons School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • North Carolina State University
  • Rhode Island School of Design

Put Your Graphic Design Talent to Work in Print, Digital, Web and New Media

The visual communication technology: graphic design A.A.S. degree will put you on a wide range of graphic career paths – from print and package design to Web design, animation and new media. The program combines lectures, laboratory projects, studio classes, and hands-on experience.

You’ll develop key skills in:

  • Typography
  • Computer graphics
  • Image manipulation
  • Commercial illustration
  • Motion graphics
  • Production processes

You’ll also choose art electives to develop your creative aesthetic.

Award-winning faculty with real world experience will prepare you for jobs like these:

  • Web designer
  • Freelance graphic designer
  • Package designer
  • Art director
  • Multimedia artist and animator
  • Set and exhibit designer

MCC graphic design graduates start careers with a wide range of employers, including:

  • Martino Flynn Advertising
  • Sites That Click
  • Upper Case Design
  • Edge Color Graphics
  • Geva Theater
  • Dunn & Rice Design

To find out more about the visual communications technology: graphic design program A.A.S. from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.


GRAPHIC DESIGN

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Visual and Performing Arts

School(s):

CIP Code: 50.0409
MCC Program Code: VC01
NYSED Code (BRI): 86113

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

Description
Graphic Design program is committed to further excellence in design as a broadly-defined discipline. The areas represented in the profession range from publication design to the newer disciplines of interaction design, experience design, and motion graphics. Design can be incorporate the use of illustration, iconography, and branding, but is not limited to these devices. Through a combination of various hands-on experiences students are provided with an excellent foundation in both traditional and digital mediums.

This program encourages the selection of electives in art and design to build a strong professional base. (Housed in the Visual and Performing Arts Department.)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Create visual form (perceptible products) in response to design problems.
2) Solve design problems reasonably independently and creatively as designers.
3) Combine tools and technologies to a range of new and challenging design problems.
4) Apply knowledge and skills pertinent to the design profession.
5) Demonstrate goal-oriented planning through research sketching comping.
6) Demonstrate a working understanding of design heritage and ideas as citizens of a diverse global community.
7) Participate as a proficient member of a functional design team as well as in individual design endeavors.
8) Exhibit integrity and responsibility through professional practices.
9) Seek embrace and make the most of professional and educational opportunities.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

DESIGN TRACK:

Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
AAD 104 Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D
3
AAD 105 Typography
3
AAD 107 A History of Graphic Design
3
ART 104 Drawing I: Foundation
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
MTH 150 - Survey of Mathematics OR higher#
3
AAD 108 - Ideation: Illustration and Design
3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration: Vector Drawing
3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics
3
ART 204 Drawing II OR
ART 154 Drawing the Human Figure
3
Second Semester Total:
15
THIRD SEMESTER
AAD 112 Graphic Design I
3
ART 118 Perspectives of Art History I: Ancient
3
ART 231 Art Seminar/Portfolio Development
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE
3-4
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
3
Third Semester Total:
15-16
FOURTH SEMESTER
AAD 205 Graphic Design 2
3
ART 119 Perspectives of Art History II: Modern
3
OPEN ELECTIVE
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE*
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
DESIGN TRACK:
*Choose any MCC-HW course that also satisfies MCC-VE.
**Choose any design track elective: AAD 167, 220, 256; ART 110, 121, 154, 204, 205
#MTH 150 or any other SUNY-M course with a higher number.

ILLUSTRATION TRACK:
Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
AAD 104 Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D
3
AAD 105 Typography
3
AAD 107 A History of Graphic Design
3
ART 104 Drawing I: Foundation
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR higher#
3
AAD 108 Ideation: Illustration and Design
3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration: Vector Drawing
3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics
3
ART 154 Drawing the Human Figure OR
ART 204 Drawing II
3
Second Semester Total:
15
THIRD SEMESTER
AAD 112 Graphic Design 1
3
ART 118 Perspectives of Art History I: Ancient
3
ART 231 Art Seminar/Portfolio Development
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE
3-4
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
3
Third Semester Total:
15-16
FOURTH SEMESTER
AAD 205 Graphic Design 2
3
ART 119 Perspectives of Art History II: Modern
3
OPEN ELECTIVE
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE*
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
ILLUSTRATION TRACK:
*Choose any MCC-HW course that also satisfies MCC-VE.
**Choose from: AAD 167, 256; ART 108, 110, 121, 154, 204, 205.
#MTH 150 or any other SUNY-M course with a higher number.

MOTION MEDIA TRACK:
Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
AAD 104 Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D
3
AAD 105 Typography
3
AAD 107 A History of Graphic Design
3
ART 104 Drawing I: Foundation
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR higher#
3
AAD 108 Ideation: Illustration and Design
3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration: Vector Drawing
3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics
3
OPEN ELECTIVE
3
Second Semester Total:
15
THIRD SEMESTER
AAD 112 Graphic Design 1
3
ART 118 Perspectives of Art History I: Ancient
3
ART 231 Art Seminar/Portfolio Development
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE
3-4
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
3
Third Semester Total:
15-16
FOURTH SEMESTER
AAD 205 Graphic Design 2
3
ART 119 Perspectives of Art History II: Modern
3
OPEN ELECTIVE
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE*
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
MOTION MEDIA TRACK:
*Choose any MCC-HW that also satisfies MCC-VE.
**AAD 101 is recommended; Choose from AAD 101, 167, 220, 256; COM 150, 203, 204.
#MTH 150 or any other SUNY-M course with a higher number.

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