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Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Director: Rhonda Kueffler
NOTE: This program is in moratorium and will not be accepting new students.
As a Graphic Design student, you’ll be using the industry standard software to discover tips and techniques for creating digital images, illustrations, and layouts. In addition, you’ll be addressing fundamental concepts in brainstorming, color, typography, and composition.
What do Graphic Designers Do?
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2012-2022. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions.
Advertising, publishing, or design firms employ most graphic designers. About 25 percent of designers are self-employed. Graphic designers with web design experience will especially be needed as demand increases for design projects for interactive media.
Median Annual Wage:
- The U.S. Department of Labor reports the median annual wage: $44,150 in May 2012.
- The Montana Department of Labor reports the median annual wage $30,270 in May 2013.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Create appropriate typographic solutions for a variety of applications and situations.
- Decide the correct medium (printed materials, packages, manufacturing and fabrication techniques, environments, websites, kiosks, or virtual environments) based on use and overall intended effect on the viewer.
- Utilize aesthetics (principles of organization, composition, color, hierarchy, balance, contrast, emphasis, depth, rhythm, use of symbolism, and overall level of craft in execution) to create an emotional impact.
- Maintain a structured approach to creative process development (research, observation, analysis, prototyping, testing, and evaluation) while remaining flexible and adapting to changing circumstances and parameters and giving rigorous and unfailing attention to detail.
- Work with diverse teams (clients, audiences, content providers, researchers, and administrative personnel) in an intense collaborative environment.
- Persuade clients, creative directors, sponsors, and colleagues to go along with a plan, and deliver the results of the plan on time.
- Ask precise questions, convert research into design strategy, and successfully evaluate and discuss their own design efforts and the efforts of others.
Estimated Resident Program Cost*
|Tuition and Fees||$6,380|
Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.
Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.
GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement
|COLS 103||Becoming a Successful Student +||1|
|ARTZ 105||Visual Language-Drawing +||3|
|BGEN 105||Introduction to Business +||3|
|CAPP 120||Introduction to Computers +||3|
|GDSN 101||Design Topics Principles *,+||3|
|WRIT 122||Intro to Business Writing **,+||3|
|ARTZ 101||Art Fundamentals +||3|
|BMKT 240||Advertising *,+||3|
|COMX 115||Intro to Interpersonal Communc +||3|
|GDSN 130||Typography +||3|
|MART 231||Interactive Web I *,+||4|
|BMKT 225||Marketing *,+||3|
|GDSN 248||Digital Illustration II *,+||3|
|GDSN 249||Digital Imaging II *,+||3|
|MART 232||Interactive Web II *,+||3|
|M 108||Business Mathematics **,+||4|
|GDSN 200||Intro to Desktop Publishing *,+||3|
|GDSN 221||Publishing and Pre-Press *,+||3|
|ITS 299||Capstone:Internship *,+||3|
|PHOT 154||Exploring Digital Photography *,+||4|
|CAPP 158||MS Access *,+||3|
|MART 233||Interactive Web III *,+||3|
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS – 63
Indicates prerequisites needed.
Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.
A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.