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Graphic Design: Creative (BP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

Graphic design by definition is the applied art of designing any information, thought, idea or message for print and digital media. Graphic designers skillfully master advanced technology to transform an idea or concept. The transformation procedure is an integral part of the print or digital media production process. Graphic designers have an inherent ability to create by utilizing basic design principles and color theory; applying typographical knowledge and techniques; capturing digital graphic images; and manipulating photos and illustrations through various industry standard software and hardware components. The finished design may be delivered via the printed piece or web.

Are you a creative problem solver? Are you artistic? Do you work well under pressure? Do you like computers and technology? Do you adapt to change easily and quickly? Are you detail-oriented? Do you communicate well with people? Are you a life-long learner? If so, the field of graphic design is an exciting and challenging career choice, a choice that gives the individual the power to be an effective participant in the world of media communications. This degree is also an excellent stepping-stone for those students who wish to pursue a four-year degree at some point in the future, but want the technical hands-on job training now!

Prerequisites: Testing score equivalent or CPLT1100 Essential Computer Applications, CPLT1200 Introduction to Macintosh.

Award Outcomes

Utilize the elements and principles of design.

Integrate the use of industry standard technology and design.

Develop visual solutions to communicate client needs.

Exhibit proficient use of technology workflow.

Produce clean proofs and prints for press-ready documents.

Demonstrate the roles and functions of working on a team.

Develop a creative portfolio of work that demonstrates skills as a designer and visual communicator.

Career Opportunities

Graphic design is an ever-changing and evolving professional career with many occupational categories and opportunities. One might find employment in a production environment, customer service, customer support, sales, creative production, consulting or training. Occupational titles include but are not limited to creative designer, graphic designer, print production artist, web designer, web producer, web developer, production artist, advertising artist, art typographer. Common working environments might include design or production, in a corporation, agency, advertising or marketing setting, printing company, or graphics service bureau.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 47 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP1010Basic Drawing

3

MGDP1205Fundamentals of Graphic Design

3

MGDP1210Graphic Design Essentials

3

MGDP1220Concepts in Creativity

3

MGDP1230Photoshop

3

MGDP1240Illustrator

3

MGDP1310InDesign

3

MGDP1330Advanced Page Layout

3

MGDP1340Advanced Photoshop

3

MGDP1350Advanced Illustrator

3

MGDP1360Acrobat

2

MGDP2010Applied Graphic Design

3

MGDP2030Packaging and Display Advertising

3

MGDP2040Collateral Advertising

3

MGDP2080Applied Typography

3

MGDP2200Design Portfolio

3

General Education Required 12 Credits

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

COMM2130Public Speaking

3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

ENGL2130Introduction to Creative Writing

3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
PHIL2100Critical Thinking

3

PHIL2200Ethics

3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
SOCI2000Marriage and Family

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI2130Food, Culture and Society

3

SOCI2200Racial and Ethnic Relations

3

General Education Elective 3 Credits

Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Areas 3-10

Technical Studies Elective 7 Credits

Any ARSP, CCIS, MGDP, or MMVP course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP2215Graphic Design Internship

1 - 12

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 69

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park Only

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP1010Basic Drawing

3

MGDP1205Fundamentals of Graphic Design

3

MGDP1210Graphic Design Essentials

3

MGDP1220Concepts in Creativity

3

MGDP1310InDesign

3

MGDP1360Acrobat

2

Total Credits  17

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP1230Photoshop

3

MGDP1240Illustrator

3

MGDP2010Applied Graphic Design

3

MGDP2080Applied Typography

3

Technical Studies Electives

3

Choose 3 credits from MnTC Goal Areas 3-10

3

Total Credits  18

Summer Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Choose one of the following:

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

COMM2130Public Speaking

3

 

Choose one of the following:

PHIL2100Critical Thinking

3

PHIL2200Ethics

3

Total Credits  6

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP1330Advanced Page Layout

3

MGDP1340Advanced Photoshop

3

MGDP1350Advanced Illustrator

3

MGDP2040Collateral Advertising

3

 

Choose one of the following:

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

ENGL2130Introduction to Creative Writing

3

Total Credits  15

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP2030Packaging and Display Advertising

3

MGDP2200Design Portfolio

3

Technical Studies Electives

4

 

Choose one of the following:

SOCI2000Marriage and Family

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI2130Food, Culture and Society

3

SOCI2200Racial and Ethnic Relations

3

Total Credits  13

Technical Studies Electives

Any Audio Production (ARSP), IT/Computer Careers (CCIS), Graphic Desing (MGDP) or Interactive Design Video Production (MMVP) course that is not required for this award may be used to satisfy an elective requirement.

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP2215Graphic Design Internship

1 - 12

Choose a Total of:  7 Credits 

General Education Electives

A complete list of MnTC courses and Goal Areas that can be used to meet General Education requirements can be found at www.hennepintech.edu.  The same course cannot satisfy more than one MnTC Goal Area requirement.

Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Choose a Total of:  3 Credits

Graduation (69 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.


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