Study in the Associate of Applied Science Graphic Design program at The Illinois Institute of Art begins with the fundamentals: drawing, perspective, color, composition, typography and advertising design. Advanced work, introduced gradually, includes computer graphics, computer illustration and desktop publishing. The ever-changing world of graphic design includes some of the most creative and challenging fields available to artists today. Advertising, publishing and design are just a few examples of professions in which graphic designers work.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Graphic design principles: Students will apply learning outcomes from foundations courses to graphic design problems.
2. Problem-solving: Students will develop original, professional-level solutions to graphic design problems based on appropriate research and within specified parameters such as, deadlines, audience, budget, construction and output considerations.
3. Technology: Students will use appropriate technology to produce professional examples of their work.
4. Critical thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique graphic design.
5. Images: Students will generate original images in support of their design work.
6. Professionalism and professional practice: Students will develop an understanding of design business practices and professional expectations.
7. Communication: Students will use visual and verbal communication to present content and meaning effectively; they will possess oral and written skills to present concepts to employers, clients, and others; they will possess teamwork, collaboration, and negotiation skills.
8. Context: Students will understand the broader context of their work: social and historical, language, information systems, and finance.
To receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design, students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter-credits with 24 quarter-credits in general education courses and 66 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work and satisfy all portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show and satisfy all financial obligations to The Illinois Institute of Art.