Visual Communication Technology: 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.


VISUAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: 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

Description
Description: Visual Communications Technology: Graphic Design is a program designed as a specific career path for students interested in gaining employment in the graphic arts; this includes such graphic design areas as print design, package design, web design, motion graphics, gaming design, and new media. A combination of lectures, laboratory projects, studio classes, and hands-on experiences provides students with an excellent foundation in the design and production of graphics and introduces them to processes and practices common to the field.

This program encourages the selection of art electives to build a strong foundation for careers in the graphic arts.
(Housed in 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).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
DESIGN TRACK:
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
AAD 104 Intro to Graphic Design, 2D3
AAD 105 Typography 3
AAD 107 A History of Graphic Design3
ART 104 Drawing I3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration, Vector Drawing3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics3
MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE***3
DESIGN TRACK ELECTIVE*3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
DESIGN TRACK ELECTIVE*3
ART 231 Art Seminar/Portfolio Development3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE**3
AAD 112 Graphic Design I3
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
AAD 205 Graphic Design 23
DESIGN TRACK ELECTIVE*3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE**3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
ELECTIVE3
Total17
TOTAL CREDITS62
ILLUSTRATION TRACK:
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
AAD 104 Intro to Graphic Design, 2D3
AAD 105 Typography 3
AAD 107 A History of Graphic Design3
ART 104 Drawing I3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration, Vector Drawing3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics3
MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE***3
ILLUSTRATION TRACK ELECTIVE3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
ILLUSTRATION TRACK ELECTIVE3
ART 231 Art Seminar/Portfolio Development3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE**3
AAD 112 Graphic Design I3
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
AAD 205 Graphic Design 23
ILLUSTRATION TRACK ELECTIVE3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE**3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
ELECTIVE3
Total17
TOTAL CREDITS62
PRINTING TRACK:
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
AAD 104 Intro to Graphic Design, 2D3
AAD 105 Typography 3
AAD 107 A History of Graphic Design3
ART 104 Drawing I3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration, Vector Drawing3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics3
MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE***3
PRINTING TRACK ELECTIVE3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
PRINTING TRACK ELECTIVE3
ART 231 Art Seminar/Portfolio Development3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE**3
AAD 112 Graphic Design I3
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
AAD 205 Graphic Design 23
PRINTING TRACK ELECTIVE3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE**3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
ELECTIVE3
Total17
TOTAL CREDITS62
DESIGN TRACK ELECTIVES
AAD 108 Ideation, Concept Development3
AAD 165 Prepress (Digital Prepress)3
AAD 167 Web Design: Graphics (Design for On-Line Publishing)3
AAD 220 Professional Practices (Business Practices for Vis. Media, Artists...) 3
AAD 256 Motion Graphics3
ART 110 Comics and Sequential Art3
ART 121 Perspectives of Art History III: Non-West3
ART 154 Drawing the Human Figure3
ART 204 Drawing II3
ART 205 Commercial Illustrations I3
ILLUSTRATION TRACK ELECTIVES
AAD 108 Ideation, Concept Development3
AAD 167 Web Design: Graphics (Design for On-Line Publishing)3
AAD 256 Motion Graphics3
ART 108 The Sketchbook & the Creative Process1
ART 110 Comics and Sequential Art3
ART 121 Perspectives of Art History III: Non-West3
ART 154 Drawing the Human Figure3
ART 204 Drawing II3
ART 205 Commercial Illustrations I3
PRINTING TRACK ELECTIVES
AAD 165 Prepress (Digital Prepress)3
AAD 167 Web Design: Graphics (Design for On-Line Publishing)3
AAD 220 Professional Practices (Business Practices for Vis. Media, Artists...) 3
AAD 250 Print Process (Graphic Arts) 4

* Suggest ART 118
** Suggest ART 119
*** Suggest MTH 150
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