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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Certificate

Award: Certificate (code CRT.ART.GRPH-DSGN)

Total Credit Hours: 28 credit hours.

Purpose: The graphic design certificate is intended for professionals already holding a degree who wish to make a career change or update skills in the graphic design industry. Credits earned for the certificate may be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree program in graphic design. The program provides an introduction to the design process from concept to completion. This certificate is not a substitute for a degree in graphic design.

Range of Occupations

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

  • Entry-level graphic designer
  • Freelance graphic designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Junior print designer
  • Junior graphic designer

Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved or is pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education federal aid program eligibility. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111 . Completion of the required courses with a grade of C or better.

Award Requirements

Completion of the required courses with grade of C or better in each course.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding and an ability to manipulate the elements of design using the principles of design.
  • Demonstrate growth and maturation in personal artistic expression.
  • Skillfully use different media to solve design problems.
  • Express a personal and/ or client’s point of view.
  • Effectively use new technologies to express visual ideas.
  • Use math in formatting for print.
  • Research a topic in art and to present a thoughtful analysis of the information gleaned from the research.
  • Appraise the primary historical periods and cultural trends in art and graphic design.
  • Think critically and to use that skill to talk and write about art and design.
  • Develop a professional portfolio of work, suitable to present at interviews for both transfer and job-related activities.
  • Communicate with a client about design projects.
  • Develop client-based design work in cooperation with the client.
  • Investigate typography and word usage within design.
  • Investigate different graphic formats.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Related Certificates

Other credit certificates in Photography  and Video Production .