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Graphic Arts

Associate of Applied Science

Program Length: 20 months (may be completed in as little as 15 months)

Degree Overview

graphic art degree

Graphic Arts Associate Degree

A graphic arts associate degree may be for you if you're looking for entry-level opportunities as a graphic designer, web designer, or desktop publisher. This diverse graphic arts associate degree program is designed to give you a strong foundation in advertising design, multimedia applications, web design, marketing, and more. As a graduate with this degree, you'll leave with an integrated understanding of the relationship between business and graphic design, as well as a portfolio of your work as a student.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
APP 242 Web Page Design Principles 3.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
CSS 299 Professional Development 4.0
DES 103 Illustrator Basics 3.0
DES 104 Photoshop 3.0
DES 105 Page Layout Tools 3.0
DES 109 Graphic Design I 3.0
DES 113 Typography 3.0
DES 114 Print Production and Color Theory 3.0
DES 209 Graphic Design II 3.0
DES 240 Information Design 3.0
DES 241 Web Design 3.0
DES 242 Logo and Identity Design 3.0
DES 243 Layout Design 3.0
DES 244 Package Design 3.0
DES 245 Advertising Design 3.0
DES 246 Flash 3.0
DES 250 Portfolio Design 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
MAN 105 Marketing 4.0
MAN 210 Entrepreneurship 4.0
MAN 223 Internet Commerce 4.0
MAN 230 Advertising Principles 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
SOC 220 Sociology 4.0

Course Description

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Computer Fundamentals

This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.

Credits: 3.5

Web Page Design Principles

This course focuses on designing and implementing a hypertext-based publishing site using authoring and scripting languages, content creation and management tools, and digital media tools. Emphasis is placed on capturing information using emerging web technologies.

Credits: 3.0

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Development

This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.

Credits: 4.0

Illustrator Basics

This course focuses on vector software to produce detailed and scalable art for most applications. Course projects explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the pen tool, transformations/ distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes.

Credits: 3.0


This course is designed to develop proficiency in the Adobe Photoshop program. This course focuses on the features of Photoshop that professionals consider to be the most important. Emphasis is placed on creating, recreating, and editing images in preparing them for web and print.

Credits: 3.0

Page Layout Tools

This course builds a basic proficiency in layout and production techniques currently being used by graphic art professionals.

Credits: 3.0

Graphic Design I

This course focuses on the basic elements of design.

Credits: 3.0


This course explores the critical role of typography in graphic design. Course projects place an emphasis on the anatomy of the letterform, the distinguishing features of different typefaces, and creative applications of type.

Credits: 3.0

Print Production and Color Theory

This course focuses on the technical fundamentals of producing professional print publications, including color theory and pre-press.

Credits: 3.0

Graphic Design II

This course implements the basic elements of design with emphasis on effective composition in a variety of projects.

Credits: 3.0

Information Design

This course focuses on visual representation of technical information in a variety of mediums.

Credits: 3.0

Web Design

This course focuses on designing websites with creative interfaces, strong graphic images, functional site organization, and logical navigation.

Credits: 3.0

Logo and Identity Design

This course focuses on developing essential skills for designing logos and corporate identities.

Credits: 3.0

Layout Design

This course uses the principles of effective composition to create multi-page layouts.

Credits: 3.0

Package Design

This course focuses on designing and creating packaging with emphases placed on technical requirements.

Credits: 3.0

Advertising Design

This course teaches the rules of advertising design from both a creative and a business perspective, taking the project from creative brief to concept development.

Credits: 3.0


This course is designed to develop proficiency in basic drawing and animating tools, with strong functionality, interactivity, and usability.

Credits: 3.0

Portfolio Design

This course focuses on preparing the student's portfolio in preparation for employment. The course culminates in a professional digital and print portfolio.

Credits: 3.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

American Civilization

This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.

Credits: 4.0


This course focuses on business activities necessary to match products and markets. Marketing functions such as purchasing, distribution, consumer analysis, promotion, and pricing are discussed.

Credits: 4.0


This course is a career-related overview of business startups, idea identification, value proposition, and competitive advantages in a student's area of specialization. The student will be able to identify and evaluate new business ideas; to learn how to prepare and evaluate business plans; and to identify capital sources for new ventures.

Credits: 4.0

Internet Commerce

Introduces Internet commerce basics and focuses on business concepts and applying technology in order to be successful. Other topics include globalizing a company, marketing and advertising, market trends, vendor solutions, credit card verification systems, security auction technologies, storefronts, and overall technology architecture. Students will learn to utilize Internet commerce solutions from process re-engineering to deployment and testing.

Credits: 4.0

Advertising Principles

This course presents a general introduction to advertising, its function, and role within the business world. Students learn advertising techniques and how to develop an advertising plan. (Prerequisite: MAN105, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Introduction to Logic

This course focuses on the techniques for determining the validity of arguments and analyzing problems in the world. Topics include a discussion of informal fallacies, Aristotelian logic, and symbolic logic.

Credits: 4.0


This course addresses the relationships among different social institutions. It examines the dynamics in social groups. Topics covered include the concepts of control, inequity, and change within social groups.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 29Total Credits: 99.5

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Available Online: This program is delivered fully online.
Colorado Locations: Colorado Springs, South Colorado Springs

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