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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Program provides students with a comprehensive educational experience that develops creativity, technical expertise and professional industry knowledge. The curriculum integrates theory and practice that fosters each student’s ability to create expressive, effective visual communication. As students’ progress through the coursework, they will gain proficiency in traditional media, computer design skills, cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills. The curriculum is supplemented with guest lecturers, service learning projects, internships and other experiential learning opportunities. Each student will develop self-promotional materials and a portfolio of work which will be juried by industry professionals prior to graduation. The program concludes with capstone courses where students will apply newly acquired skills, professional job attitudes and explore career opportunities in graphic design.

Successful candidates to this program have:

  • Sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend and exchange information and ideas verbally, non-verbally and to interact clearly and logically with professors, peers and clients.
  • Eye-hand coordination to perform intensive project construction.
  • Maturity to accept critique of work and perform changes based on constructive criticism.
  • Capacity to work in teams to solve design problems.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under stressful conditions.

Program Goal

The mission of the Graphic Design program is to provide students with a solid foundation in design education for entry level careers and/or transfer to four-year institutions.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with graphic design principals and elements including color and type.
  • Show the ability to conceptualize design solutions.
  • Possess a skillset of digital tools used in graphic design software.
  • Showcase the capability to learn and create in a progressive digital environment.
  • Exhibit evidence of verbal and visual presentation skills.
  • Create a professional portfolio that reflects problem solving ability, innovative ideas, suitable for an entry level design position or presentation to a four-year college.

Admission Requirements

In addition to college-wide admissions requirements students must:

  • An interview with a member of the full-time faculty prior to admission to the program.

Transfer Credit Policy

Appropriate transfer credits for courses within the major may be accepted within a five-year time frame. Transfer of courses more than five years old will be evaluated by the Department Chair on an individual basis.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Graphic Design program possess the skills and knowledge to obtain entry-level positions in advertising agencies, printing companies, publishing firms, and companies that maintain in-house design departments.

Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of MCC’s Graphic Design program have transferred to the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, The New England Institute of Art, UMass at Lowell and Southern New Hampshire University.

Graphic Design Degree


Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
GDES110M Page Layout and Design 2 3 3
GDES114M Graphic Design I 2 3 3
GDES115M Digital Imaging 2 3 3
ARTS123M Drawing I 2 3 3
ENGL110XM or
ENGL110M
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
  Total 13 12 17
 
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
GDES122M Color Theory for Graphic Design 2 3 3
GDES124M Typography 2 3 3
GDES150M Digital Publishing Methods 2 3 3
GDES155M Computer Illustration 2 3 3
ENGL113M Introduction to Public Speaking 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Total 14 12 18


Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
GDES210M History of Graphic Design 3 0 3
GDES211M Illustration I 2 3 3
GDES213M Graphic Design II 2 3 3
GDES229M Professional Practice for Graphic Design 2 3 3
MATH145M or
MATH145XM
Quantitative Reasoning or
Quantitative Reasoning - Corequisite
4 0 4
  Total 13 9 16
 
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
GDES225M Graphic Design III 2 3 3
GDES226M Portfolio Preparation 2 3 3
GDES228M Graphic Design Experiential Learning 2 8 3
  Science Elective 3 0 3
  Foreign Language / Humanities / Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 14 15
Total Credits - 66

 

Graphic Design Certificate

Successful graduates of the Graphic Design certificate program will be able to add to their professional portfolio and are expected to complete an internship. They will be prepared for continued growth in their career field and for entry-level jobs in advertising agencies, printing companies, publishing firms and companies that maintain in-house graphic design departments. Co/prerequisite requirments for courses listed in the certificate will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Requirements

In addition to college-wide admission requirements, student must have:

  • An interview with a member of the full-time faculty prior to admission to the program
  • Be currently employed in the field of graphic design and need to update their professional and technical skills or have already completed a college degree

Successful candidates to this program have:

  • Sufficient speech and language ability to express, comprehend and exchange information and ideas verbally, non-verbally and to interact clearly and logically with professors, peers and clients
  • Eye-hand coordination to perform intensive project construction
  • Maturity to accept critique of work and perform changes based on constructive criticism
  • Capacity to work in teams to solve design problems
  • Ability to meet deadlines under stressful conditions
    TH LAB CR
GDES110M Page Layout and Design 2 3 3
GDES114M Graphic Design I 2 3 3
GDES115M Digital Imaging 2 3 3
GDES122M Color Theory for Graphic Design 2 3 3
GDES124M Typography 2 3 3
GDES150M Digital Publishing Methods 2 3 3
GDES155M Computer Illustration 2 3 3
GDES213M Graphic Design II 2 3 3
GDES225M Graphic Design III 2 3 3
GDES228M Graphic Design Experiential Learning 2 8 3
GDES229M Professional Practice for Graphic Design 2 3 3
Total Credits - 33

 

Graphic Illustration Certificate

This program allows students interested in illustration to complete a certificate program in one year. Students will receive a balanced education that both reinforces the fundamentals if visual storytelling, while preparing students for a freelance career.

Co/prerequisite requirements for courses listed in the certificate will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    TH LAB CR
ARTS100M Introduction to Illustration 2 3 3
ARTS105M Introduction to Creative Practice 2 3 3
ARTS107M Digital Tools for the Artist 2 3 3
ARTS120M Digital Photography 2 3 3
ARTS123M Drawing I 2 3 3
ARTS205M Digital Illustration 2 3 3
ARTS207M Professional Practice for Fine Arts and Illustration 2 3 3
ARTS208M Comics and Graphic Novels 2 3 3
ARTS210M Painting I 2 3 3
ARTS216M Illustration Avenues 2 3 3
ARTS223M Drawing II 2 3 3
Total Credits - 33