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Design and Graphic Technology - Associate Degree

Program Code: 101117

Creative design professionals combine artistic abilities with technical knowledge to create designs used in print and electronic media. During your studies, you will create, maintain and present a professional portfolio showcasing your finest work. As a graduate of the Design and Graphic Technology program, you are positioned for a variety of careers including graphic designer, advertising specialist, digital print technician, publication designer, public relations professional, pre-press technician and web graphic designer.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Desktop Publisher: produces professional publications using electronic publishing software, scans graphic images, places text and graphics files onto the page, and operates output devices.

Graphic Designer: develops advertising concepts and prepares art for the final presentations.

Advertising Assistant: works with the ad director or store manager to plan and prepare advertising for print, radio, and TV use.

Commercial Art Worker: prepares artwork and copy to be used in label production, package design, printed materials; prepares process separations; preflights electronic files; manages color control; and manages fonts.

Digital Print Technician: prepares computer files for variable data printing or produce print on demand applications.

Layout Designer: designs basic plans for print advertising, passes on work to a commercial artist or copywriter, and is responsible for final electronic files.

Printing Support Worker/Customer Service Representative: handles electronic and pre-press operations, making color separations, electronic scanning, image editing, and color proofing.

Public Relations Assistant: assists in public relations activities helping to produce brochures, press releases, displays, and newsletters; organizes and prepares materials for use in presentations.

Pre-Press Technician: prepares computer documents for printing; trapping, font usage, picture usage, color management, clipping paths, and placing high and low resolution graphics into document.

Website Designer: builds graphic elements for functional websites.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
• Ability to use computer keyboard.
• Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 55: Sentence Skills, 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Design and Graphic Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-105-101
Career Planning
1
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-111-101
Photoshop Fundamentals
3
10-111-101 PHOTOSHOP FUNDAMENTALS ...perform raster Image Editing. Course content covers functions of Adobe Photoshop. Create image selections, extractions and composite files using Adobe software, and apply common photo adjustments using fundamental design solutions, creating composite images. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-111-112
Graphic Design Fundamentals
3
10-111-112 GRAPHIC DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS ...explore and discover graphic design careers. Course content covers history of graphic design, concept strategies, presentation and critique processes. Begin applying design principles, design solutions, and design requirements. (Corequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-111-161
Digital Illustration
3
10-111-161 DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION ...develop basic knowledge and skills using digital illustration software (i.e. Adobe Illustrator), apply vector graphic strategies into graphic design medias and integration into other software packages. Course content covers creating basic shapes, drawing, transforming elements, working with type, blending, layers and special effects. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-103
Think Critically & Creatively
3
10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER
10-111-110
Photoshop Advanced
3
10-111-110 PHOTOSHOP ADVANCED ...perform raster Image Editing. Course content covers advanced functions of Adobe Photoshop, advanced editing techniques and short cut keys. Create image effects and composite files using Adobe CC software, and manage project components for complex Photoshop files. (Prerequisite: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-111-125
Digital Layout & Composition 1
3
10-111-125 DIGITAL LAYOUT & COMPOSITION 1 ...develop skills in digital composition and layout using industry software. Course content covers appropriate software selection, graphic and text content management, color specifications, file preparation, and software solutions to graphic communication problems. (Prerequisite: 10-111-161, Digital Illustration; Corequisite: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-111-126
Graphic Design Development
3
10-111-126 GRAPHIC DESIGN DEVELOPMENT ...develop graphic design standards. Course content covers graphic design composition including image content, color strategies, typography usage, proofing and ethical standards. Begin active participation in portfolio assessment critique process. (Prerequisites: 10-101-101, Photoshop Fundamentals; 10-111-112, Graphic Design Fundamentals; 10-111-161, Digital Illustration; Corequisite: 10-111-125, Digital Layout & Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-111-165
Typography
3
10-111-165 TYPOGRAPHY ...explore history and application of type in graphic design, develop an understanding of type in relation to hierarchy and use type as an image or expression through designs. Course content covers letterforms, spacing, spatial mechanics, color strategies, form and function. (Prerequisite: 10-111-161, Digital Illustration) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
10-104-107
Marketing Comm-Integrated
3
10-104-107 MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS-INTEGRATED ...creating, coordinating and integrating advertising, public relations and marketing activities for a specific customer or audience. A campaign will be developed and presented. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-105-103
Career Preparation
1
10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-111-131
Graphic Design Project Mgmt
3
10-111-131 GRAPHIC DESIGN PROJECT MANAGEMENT ...perform graphic design project management. Course content covers portfolio construction, live client presentation skills, results-driven design solutions, identify resources required for graphic design production and team responsibilities. (Prerequisites: 10-111-126, Graphic Design Development; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; Corequisite: 10-804-123, Math w/Business Apps) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-111-143
Digital Layout & Composition 2
3
10-111-143 DIGITAL LAYOUT & COMPOSITION 2 ...perform advanced digital composition techniques in various layouts. Course content covers dieline creation, software application integration, complex graphic design compositions, customized design file structure, and complex graphic file solutions. (Prerequisite: 10-111-125, Digital Layout & Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-204-110
Principles of Digital Printing
3
10-204-110 PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL PRINTING ...develop skills and knowledge associated with the printing industry, work hands-on with digital printing equipment to output projects. Course content covers identifying different print methods, typical print workflow, transitioning designs to printed media as well as begin to develop production-planning criteria. (Corequisite: 10-111-161, Digital Illustration) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-196
Intro to Sociology
3
10-809-196 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-111-130
Presentation Graphics
3
10-111-130 PRESENTATION GRAPHICS ...study presentation design and develop graphics for presentation. Course content covers styling web pages and sites for presentation, emphasizing delivery using integrated media technique for various devices using Adobe Muse and Apple Keynote. (Prerequisites: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-111-144
Graphic Design Application
3
10-111-144 GRAPHIC DESIGN APPLICATION ...apply complete graphic design strategies. Course content covers responsibilities, management, and client interaction. Professional portfolio development, peer critique, and freelance exposure. (Prerequisite: 10-111-131, Graphic Design Project Mgmt) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-111-199
Des/Graphic Career Experience
2
10-111-199 DESIGN AND GRAPHIC CAREER EXPERIENCE ...students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation; Corequisite: 10-111-144, Graphic Design Application) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-204-124
Variable Data Publishing
3
10-204-124 VARIABLE DATA PUBLISHING ...develop skills in personalized page layout using industry software. Course content covers creating variable image and text channels, applying data to impact response rates to personalized layouts, mailing regulations, and dynamic personalization of content. (Corequisite: 10-111-125, Digital Layout & Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-204-126
Digital Print Applications
3
10-204-126 DIGITAL PRINT APPLICATIONS ...develop knowledge of the digital printing process, apply skills to full production level projects and challenges. Course content covers color management, automated workflows, cost estimating, troubleshooting and production scheduling. (Prerequisites: 10-204-110, Principles of Digital Printing; 10-804-123, Math w/Business Apps) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
71
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirement.
. It is recommended that learners take the Design and Graphic Technology Career Experience course (10-111-199) in their last semester.

Program Outcomes

• Create client based graphic design solutions.
• Create and design graphic communications.
• Assemble and manage a professional portfolio.
• Prepare and manage digital file solutions.
• Operate digital output devices.
• Apply color management solutions.
• Select project appropriate software solutions.
• Select project appropriate output solutions.
• Implement typography strategies.
• Design and produce web graphics.
• Complete practical field experience.
• Develop professional communication abilities.
• Communicate valid solutions to projects.
• Demonstrate personal and project accountability.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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