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

Illustration Option, A.A.S. - Graphic Design


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This program is for individuals seeking the skills and education necessary to work commercially as an illustrator. A variety of specialized areas including children’s books, editorial, comic books, fashion, commercial or advertising, and scientific illustration will be explored through investigating the history, the modern world, and utilizing hands-on experience with digital imaging and computer-aided drawing software in addition to traditional mediums. In-depth study of the elements and principles of art and design will be encouraged to master technical and creative skills in digital arts, illustration, design techniques, and drawing. A portfolio demonstrating digital imaging, drawing, and illustration skills will be presented upon completion of the program. Approximately one-half of all program graduates go on to complete a baccalaureate degree in game art, animation, graphic design, film, video, or illustration.

The objectives of this program are 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 and illustration.
  • 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 Semester


Total Program Hours: 60


Math, Science, Technology, Humanities or 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. 

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