Feb 07, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Graphic Design, A.A.S.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree Programs

Graphic designers combine artistic ability with technical knowledge to create designs used in print and electronic media that inform, motivate, educate or sell. The objective of this focused multimedia program is designed to provide traditional techniques and the dynamic structure of current computer-based technology. The program will build the groundwork for a career and provide real time in a simulated work environment while preparing a competitive portfolio. Students will develop initiative and critical thinking skills needed to compete in the global market place. Approximately one-half of all program graduates go on to complete a baccalaureate degree in graphic design, film, video, illustration or game art.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze the history of visual culture and design theory, and apply historical relevance in the context of modern industry issues and trends.
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on understanding the functions of graphic design, illustration, web design and animation.
  • Implement current and emerging technologies using both PC and Macintosh platforms as production tools.
  • Utilize problem solving techniques and critical thinking skills across a wide range of media to capture the attention of intended audiences.
  • Collaborate with diverse teams of creative contributors, production personnel and clients while working with creative constraints and deadlines.
  • Apply knowledge of intellectual property issues.
  • Produce a professional portfolio in both traditional and digital formats.
  • Qualify for various entry-level industry positions, including desktop publishing, graphic designers, production artists, web designers, digital image processors, digital illustrators and assistant art directors.

First Year


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Second Year


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Total Program Hours: 60


Math, Science, Technology, Humanities & Social Science General Education Courses


Choose from the list of approved courses  in the College catalog.

Developmental Courses


Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree Programs