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Graphic Design: Creative (BP) Diploma

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.

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 diploma prepares you for the creative Graphic Design field that works so closely with printing, web and multi-media industries.

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 clients 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 9 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL1026Writing for Careers

3

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
PHIL2100Critical Thinking

3

PHIL2200Ethics

3

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 8 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 Diploma Credits 64

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

Total Credits  15

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP1230Photoshop

3

MGDP1240Illustrator

3

MGDP1360Acrobat

2

MGDP2010Applied Graphic Design

3

MGDP2080Applied Typography

3

ENGL1026Writing for Careers

3

Total Credits  17

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

Technical Studies Electives

3

Total Credits  15

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MGDP2030Packaging and Display Advertising

3

MGDP2200Design Portfolio

3

Technical Studies Electives

5

Total Credits  11

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:  8 Credits

Graduation (64 Credits) 

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


6/15/2018 : BP 1507 / EP