Graphic Design (AFA)

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The Art Department is offering this specialized, two-year degree intended to prepare students wishing to transfer into competitive-entry design programs at baccalaureate institutions. The degree may also well serve those looking to acquire a solid foundation in graphic design with the goal of seeking employment opportunities with just the associate degree, including those already holding a degree in another field who are looking to change careers.

Completion of the following recommended courses does not guarantee admission as an art major with junior standing at the transfer institution. A competitive GPA and a quality portfolio are also essential. Due to the AFA degree's heavy emphasis on art and graphic design foundation courses, upon acceptance, the AFA student should expect to complete further general education courses at the baccalaureate institution in addition to the major area coursework. Students are strongly advised to select and plan courses in collaboration with their Art Department advisor, and to contact the intended transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible.

Also, please see the Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) department's career and technical degrees in Web and Graphic Design, including an Associate of Applied Technology in Web and Graphic Design, the Graphic Design Certificate of Proficiency or the Web Design Certificate of Proficiency.

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
Subtotal5
Quantitative Skills
Select one from the following:5
MATH IN SOCIETY (5 credits/units)
Subtotal5
Health & Physical Education
Select one from the following:3
FITNESS-WELLNESS (3 credits/units)
MIND BODY HEALTH (3 credits/units)
Subtotal3
Humanities
Select five credits/units from an A-list distribution(s) department other than Art 15
Subtotal5
Social Sciences5
Select one from the following:
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (5 credits/units)
Subtotal5
Natural Sciences
Select five credits/units from a lab science5
Subtotal5
Major Area Requirements
Fine Arts Foundations
ART  103DRAWING I3
ART  110CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT3
ART  115TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN4
ART  116COLOR THEORY AND DESIGN4
ART  118TIME-BASED ART AND DESIGN4
ART  145DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I3
Select one from the following:4
OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING (4 credits/units)
CONTEMPORARY DRAWING PRACTICES (4 credits/units)
THE HUMAN FIGURE I (4 credits/units)
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT  101PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS4
CGT  102ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS4
CGT  103INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT4
Graphic Design
ART  172GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPLORATION3
ART  173GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I4
ART  174TYPOGRAPHY4
ART  208DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION4
ART  215PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT3
ART  270PUBLICATION PRODUCTION (Three credits/units required)1-9
ART  271PUBLICATION DESIGN4
ART  272GRAPHIC DESIGN HISTORY5
ART  273GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II4
Select one from the following:1-5
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES (4 credits/units)
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM (4 credits/units)
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (5 credits/units)
Total Credits/Units98-110

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and apply foundational art theory.
  • Place design projects and issues in context of society and culture.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage graphic design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate graphic design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in graphic design practice.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)