Graphic Design

The Graphic Design area of study prepares students interested in the concept, design, technologies, and practical aspects of visual communications creation and production. Industry professionals pursue graphic design careers in the related fields of advertising, communication, marketing, education, multimedia, and publishing. Completion of the Graphic Design area of study prepares the student planning to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. Students intending to transfer to related programs are strongly advised to develop and maintain a creative portfolio, which partly determines acceptance and placement at most senior colleges and universities.

Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMMUNICATION * 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ** 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE * 3 to 4
PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 3 to 4
ART 150 ART HISTORY I  3
ART 151 ART HISTORY II  3
HUMANITIES ** 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
GRDSN 140 GRAPHIC DESIGN 1: FOUNDATIONS  3
GRDSN 142 GRAPHIC DESIGN 2: TYPOGRAPHY  3
GRDSN 150 GRAPHIC DESIGN 3: METHODS AND PROCESS  3
GRDSN 240 GRAPHIC DESIGN 4: ADVANCED DESIGN PROBLEMS  3
ART 111 2D DESIGN  3
ART 112 3D DESIGN  3
ART 120 DRAWING I  3
ART 121 FIGURE DRAWING I  3
MM 140 MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION I  3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree.
** A three credit hour Global Perspectives (GP) course is required to graduate at most major universities. These courses are available at ICC within the social sciences and humanities electives. Please see your advisor to determine which GP course is applicable to the institution you wish to transfer to.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1GRDSN 140; MM 140; ART 111; Communication; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 1GRDSN 142; ART 120; ENGL 111; Physical Science; Social Science
Summer SemesterSocial Science
Fall Semester 2GRDSN 150; ART 112; ART 150; Humanities; Social Science
Spring Semester 2GRDSN 240; ART 121; ART 151; Mathematics; Life Science

Program Contact Information

Arts and Communication Department
Room 124A
(309)694-5113

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training