Graphic Design

Visual appearance greatly impacts our perceptions of companies, organizations, and products. Graphic designers are responsible for creating strong visual communication using imagery and typography, be it through a corporate logo, a company website, a game app, or a candy's colorful wrapper. The field changes rapidly with the expanding use of technology in design, giving graphic designers an exciting array of challenges. 

Our program responds to the demands and realities of the professional graphic design field. Our courses offer real-world opportunities for students to build their resumes through project-based learning courses that focus on published projects and internships. You will be exposed to a variety of media in courses that utilize both traditional hands-on and digital methods to produce work. Students will have the opportunity to explore cutting edge technology in our digital labs and build unique and sought after skill sets and portfolios. All students are also encouraged to submit writing and art work to the Kelab Art and Literary Journal, a collaborative effort of the Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Photography and New Media programs.

Careers on Career Coach

The A.S. degree prepares you for a career in a design studio, creative agency, or an organization’s communications/marketing department. Responsibilities include creating visual materials such as brochures, magazines, advertisements, and electronic publications. Our students have found meaningful employment at a variety of organizations, including Cornell University, Industrial Color Labs, Marietta Corporation, Metrodesign Associates, Porous Materials, Inc., Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY, The Thomas Group, Communique Design & Marketing Inc., and Vision Art Photo. Learn more about related jobs: 

Program Chair

Christine Shanks

Christine Shanks

Associate Professor, Graphic Design

I am an image maker, designer, and educator. I feel at home on the computer and working by hand in the studio. I have experience in fine art and commercial work. Some of my specialties are design (web, interactive, and print), motion graphics, printmaking (utilizing both traditional and digital processes), and photography (alternative processes, digital, and film). 

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Transfer Options

Graduates have transferred to many four-year colleges and universities including:

  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hartwick College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • The College of St. Rose
  • Syracuse University

 

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 61 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ART109, Introduction to Graphic Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART117, Design Foundations I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
MATH109, Statistical Literacy, 3 cr.
MATH110, Topics in Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ART118, Design Foundations II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART270, Computer Graphics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY201, American History to 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY202, American History Since 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
ART101, Art History: Ancient to Early Medieval, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART259, Web and Digital Application Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART260, Portfolio Preparation - Graphic Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 0
ENGL204, Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL210, Intercultural Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ASTR101, Introductory Astronomy, 3 cr.
BIOL100, Human Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL101, Principles of Biology I, 3 cr.
BIOL102, Principles of Biology II, 3 cr.
BIOL104, General Biology I, 4 cr.
BIOL105, General Biology II, 4 cr.
BIOL112, Essentials of Medical Microbiology, 3 cr.
BIOL114, Essentials of Nutrition, 3 cr.
BIOL115, Field Natural History, 3 cr.
BIOL116, Tropical Field Natural History, 4 cr.
BIOL119, Botany, 3 cr.
BIOL131, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL132, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL202, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL211, Ecology, 4 cr.
BIOL216, General Microbiology, 4 cr.
CHEM101, Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM102, Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHEM107, General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM108, General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHEM205, Organic Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM206, Organic Chemistry II, 4 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
GEOL101, Introductory Geology, 3 cr.
METR101, Introductory Meteorology, 3 cr.
PHSC104, General Physics I, 4 cr.
PHSC105, General Physics II, 4 cr.
PHSC211, Physics I (Mechanics and Heat), 4 cr.
PHSC212, Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), 4 cr.
PHSC213, Physics III (Waves, Optics and Modern Physics), 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ART102, Art History: Renaissance to Contemporary , 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ART271, Layout Design, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL201, Public Speaking, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ALEX@
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART212, Digital Photography, 3 cr.
ART213, Dynamic Media I, 3 cr.
ART222, Advanced Digital Photography, 3 cr.
ART233, Animation, 3 cr.
ART255, Lighting Principles, 3 cr.
ART272, Art Internship, 3 cr.
COMM115, Introduction to Digital Video, 3 cr.
WD157, Web & Mobile Design, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ANTH201, Introduction to Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ANTH295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
ECON101, Introduction to Economics, 3 cr.
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr.
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
ENVS110, Food Systems I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
GEOG110, Geography of the Americas, 3 cr.
GEOG115, Highlights of World Regional Geography, 3 cr.
GEOG120, World Regional Geography, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMS206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC103, American National Government, 3 cr.
POSC104, American State and Local Government, 3 cr.
POSC107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
PSYC101, Psychology of Personal Growth, 3 cr.
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC201, Social Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC205, Childhood Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC207, Adolescent Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC208, Adult Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC209, Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC218, Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC263, Development Across the Lifespan, 3 cr.
SOCE121, Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies, 3 cr.
SOCE201, Human Sexuality, 3 cr.
SOCE205, Organizational Behavior, 3 cr.
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
SOCI103, The American Community, 3 cr.
SOCI201, Sociology of the Family, 3 cr.
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
SOCI205, Contemporary Social Problems, 3 cr.
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
SOCI207, Introduction to Criminology, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives


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