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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, AAAS Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this degree. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide; when you apply for graduation, you will use this form to document the classes you have taken.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description:

Students will design creative solutions using industry-standard software. In addition to General Education requirements, study will take place at three levels: core foundational design training, concentrated study in graphic design, and software-based and/or topic based study in specialized areas. Technical software training is done partly online with leading industry partners. This can be self-paced, allowing students to review lessons and establish the self-directed, life-long learner skills that the continually changing industry requires. This learning model also allows for greater focus on development of creative, conceptual skills and team collaboration skills in the classroom. Early advising is strongly recommended for this program.

Students are required to maintain a final grade of 2.0 (75%) in each VCT foundational course in order to progress to the next class. If you receive a grade below 2.0, you will be required to either retake the class or pursue an advisor’s waiver.

AAAS Degree (112-121 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements - 15-20 Credits

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Choose either BTWRT 215  or ENGL& 101 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: BUS 102 , BUSTC 150 , MATH& 107 , MUSTC 106 .

Multicultural Understanding (3-5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: HUM 105 , BUS 103 , CMST 203 .

Human Relations (2-5 Credits)

Choose either BUS 105  or CMST& 101 .

VCT Foundation Requirements - 65 Credits

Degree Concentration Requirements - 20 Credits

Degree Specialization Requirements (12-16 Credits)

Includes self-paced, online technical training component

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of specialization coursework. Specialization courses consist of three parts: seminar, collaborative lab sessions, and online specialized software training and/or topic-based training with online industry training partners. A Faculty/Student Advising session is required for placement into this set of courses

Examples of Specialization Software Training:
Fontographer, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Mudbox, ZBrush, Soft Image, Blender, Vue, Lightwave, Unity, Unreal Engine, C++, Javascript, iOS Dev, Premiere, Encore, After Effects, Fireworks, Joomia, Drupal, etc

Examples of Topic-Based Training
Storyboarding, Matte Painting, Matchmoving, Digital Art, Event Design, Packaging, Interface Design, Effects, Compositing, Modeling, Digital Printing, Character Rigging, Project Management, etc

Choose 3-4 of the following courses:

Design Studio/Portfolio: VCT 205 , VCT 206 , VCT 207 **
AdobeCS Studio/Portfolio: VCT 215 , VCT 216 , VCT 217 **
Interactive Studio/Portfolio: VCT 225 , VCT 226 , VCT 227 **
Autodesk Studio/Portfolio: VCT 235 , VCT 236 , VCT 237 **
Video Studio/Portfolio: VCT 245 , VCT 246 , VCT 247 **

** Includes self-paced, online technical training component.

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Program Advisor:

Alan Yates 
206-533-6771 ayates@shoreline.edu Rm 2054
Christine Shafner
206-546-7628 cshafner@shoreline.edu Rm 2174
Claire Fant
206-533-6763 cfant@shoreline.edu Rm 2024

For Program Information:
Mary Bonar
206-546-4671 mbonar@shoreline.edu Rm 2057

Program Information:

Length of Program: 112-121 Credits
Completion Award: AAAS Degree
Enrollment: Every Quarter
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $25-$85
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
Website: https://www.shoreline.edu/visual-arts/

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Graphic Design & Production Art -What is it?

Graphic Design is all around us. It plays an essential role in our daily lives. In today’s world, communication is increasingly visual. Technology brings us capabilities to deliver visual content that is not just printed, but also interactive. This content needs to be organized in useable forms. Graphic designers are needed to create the interfaces, web pages, advertisements, marketing and branding materials, environmental way finding and more. Methods used for visual communication continue to evolve at a fast pace. As students learn to use the latest software tools for design, they must also learn to use the most important tool: their creative minds. The ability to conceptualize and “ideate” is a necessary survival skill in any creative industry.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program-by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:

  1. Effectively use concept development procedures in visual communication problem solving.
  2. Select and organize design elements including letter forms, illustrations, typography and other graphic images and effectively use art elements such as line, shape, color, value, texture and form in the development of visual images for a variety of media.
  3. Apply principles of audience and market analysis, conduct research and develop resources in the production of desktop publishing, graphic design, illustration, electronic paste-up, scanning and manipulation of images, and multimedia productions

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Degree in Graphic Design & Production Art?

Graduates may find entry-level work in creating logos, annual reports, identity materials, packaging, signage, illustration, infographics, animation projects; assisting senior graphic designers and art directors; producing layouts and presentations, preparing comprehensives for production, developing web and multimedia projects and presentations.

Potential employers include: Design studios, advertising agencies, retail, corporate, and in-house visual support departments, game and animation studios, advertising or marketing agencies, public relations firms, printing and prepress departments and publishing houses (newspaper, magazine, book). For more, please visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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