Academic Catalog

Graphic Design, Associate in Fine Arts (GRA)

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Effective: Fall 2016

The Associate of Fine Art degree program in graphic design teaches students how to develop design concepts and aesthetically arrange type and image in order to plan and produce intelligent visual communication solutions to client problems or self-authored work. Visual communication skills are developed within the constraints of time, budget and technology. These solutions may include a variety of print based and digital media materials. The Associate in Fine Arts degree program in graphic design will challenge students and prepare them to transfer to a four-year Bachelor of Fine Art programs while still supporting students who seek career positions such as entry-level designers, freelance designers and print production artists.

Students will be provided with all foundation-level studio courses with a primary concentration in graphic design. First-year requirements must be satisfied before beginning second-year course work. Any remediation in Reading, English or Mathematics must be completed before beginning third semester courses.

The degree Associate in Fine Arts is awarded upon successful completion of the graphic design course sequence with a grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or better in all graphic design courses. A graphic design course with a grade lower than “C” must be repeated.

The faculty advisor may approve the Co-op/Internship as additional credits beyond the 64-65 curriculum credit requirement.

  • Use the basic tools and techniques of the graphic designer.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of two- and three- dimensional design, color theory, drawing and art historical references.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines and incorporate critique recommendations in the work.
  • Use computer technology in the execution of design projects.
  • Practice critical thinking skills through the production and evaluation of artwork.
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating the ability to solve design problems.

The College Transfer Office is set up to help Delaware County Community College students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. If you are planning to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a transfer advisor within your first two semesters (or before you reach 30 transferable college credits from all institutions attended).

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ART 130 Drawing I 3
ART 122 Two Dimensional Design 3
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Art from the Ancient Worlds through the Middle Ages  
Art from the Renaissance through Contemporary Times  
History of Graphic Design  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Modern College Mathematics  
Introduction to Probability and Statistics  
College Algebra  
Calculus I  
Second Semester
ART 123 Color and Design 3
ART 124 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 208 Computer Illustration 3
ART 211 Digital Imaging 3
COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
ART 131
Drawing II
or Drawing as a Design Process
Third Semester
ART 213 Page Layout 3
ART 215 Typography 3
ART 225 Prepress and Printing Processes 3
ART 230 Graphic Design I 3
Any transferable Diversity and Social Justice (DJ) designated Social Science course 3
Fourth Semester
ART 227 Web Graphics 3
ART 228 Motion Graphics 3
ART 231 Graphic Design II 3
ART 232 Portfolio Seminar 3
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry (SI) designated Science course 4
 Total Hours64-65


Diversity and Social Justice designated courses.

Scientific Inquiry designated courses.

Delaware County Community College is a NASAD accredited institution.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design
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