Graphic Design (9250)

A graphic designer is a visual problem solver. In order to solve these problems, a designer must be skilled in the use of typography, design, color, layout, packaging, photography, production, computer software, marketing, advertising, and presentation.

Graduates of this program will have the skills to enter the graphic design field at entry-level or to transfer to institutions offering a baccalaureate degree. Regardless of their immediate goal, students will be encouraged to develop all conceptual and technical abilities most applicable to the field.

There are many career opportunities available to graphic designers right out of school. The potential for growth in the field increases with experience as graphic designers can work to become art directors, creative directors, or even account managers working on the client side of the field. Various working environments include design studios, advertising agencies, corporate in-house design departments, publishing houses, print shops, and multi-media companies.

A certificate is also available.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ARTS 1130 Art Drawing I 3
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
GRDS 1010 Visual Organization 3
GRDS 1015 Introduction to Typography 3
GRDS 1375 Computer Graphics AI, ID and PS 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENGL 1120 English Composition II 3
GRDS 1020 Graphic Design 3
GRDS 1500 History of Graphic Design 3
GRDS 2110 Graphic Production 3
PHOT 1105 Basic Photography - Digital 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
COMM 1000 Effective Public Speaking 3
GRDS 2015 Advanced Typography 3
GRDS 2230 Advertising Design 3
MATH 1600 Survey of College Mathematics 2 3
Select course(s) from the Arts and Humanities Electives list 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
GRDS 2330 Corporate Identity 3
GRDS 2500 Graphic Design Portfolio 3
ITCS 1105 Web Programming I 3
Select any Natural Science Ohio Transfer 36 course(s) 3
Select courses(s) from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives list 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours61

English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).


Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should take a sequence of math as advised by their counselor.

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities
ARTS 1120Art Appreciation3
ARTS 2220Survey of Art I3
ARTS 2230Survey of Art II3
ENGL 2250Survey of American Literature I3
ENGL 2260Survey of American Literature II3
ENGL 2280Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2290Survey of British Literature II3
HUMX 1100Introduction to Humanities3
MUSC 1200Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1215World Music3
MUSC 1800Popular Music: Rock, Jazz, Country, and Hip-Hop3
MUSC 2200Music History and Literature I3
MUSC 2250Music History and Literature II3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2000Comparative Religion3
PHOT 1000History of Photography3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 1160Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 1150Basic Economics3
ECON 2500Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2600Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1500Introduction to Geography3
GEOG 1600World Regional Geography3
HIST 1150Western Civilization I: Antiquity Through the Reformation3
HIST 1250Western Civilization II: Age of Revolution Through the Present3
HIST 2150U.S. History: Colonization Through Reconstruction3
HIST 2250U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present3
POLS 1300U.S. National Government3
POLS 2500Modern Political Ideologies3
PSYC 1500Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY 1150Principles of Sociology3