The merger of art and computer technology is the basis of the program options available for students interested in a career in the expanding fields of graphic design and computer graphics.
Students learn how to use professional level software, hardware and peripherals, and to apply the principles of design, typography and color theory to the creation of effective print- and electronic-based visual communication. The computer graphics technology tracks prepare students for a career in the fields of 3D and video graphics, web and interactive media or digital arts, leading to either a certificate or an associate of applied science degree. Instruction in the programs expands on the skills achieved in the foundation skills certificate or equivalent experience. The certificate programs provide students with the opportunity to expand their design and application skills for a specific career within the graphic design and computer graphics industry and learn the principles of design to create professional level visual communications and how to apply software, hardware and peripherals.
In addition to the skills and knowledge students acquire in the certificate programs, the degree programs include coursework that meets the general education requirements for a Schoolcraft associate in applied science (AAS) degree. The degree programs’ capstone classes expand the students’ creative and practical skills.
It is highly recommended that students meet with faculty for advice in selecting their electives. The foundation skills certificate or equivalent skills must be achieved before starting one of the specialty track certificate or AAS programs.