Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Graphic Communication Technology

Business & Information Technology

203 Nielsen Hall

319-398-5416

www.kirkwood.edu/businessdept

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms including summer)

Those interested in our program should have a strong interest in managing, manipulating and merging text and graphic components used to communicate information that sells a product or idea. Skills in art, photography, marketing and interactive design interest, will increase enjoyment and overall design opportunities within the program. Students should be able to work under tight deadlines both individually and as part of a team. Students need to be open to the fact that not all graphic solutions are computer-based.

The Graphic Communication Technology program prepares students for employment in the technical design and production area of the graphic communication industry. Following an introduction to the graphics industry, the core program develops students' practical knowledge and provides hands-on experience with current standards in graphic communication. Students learn design, layout, image manipulation and illustration principles to applying final graphics used in 2D design, print, web and motion graphics, plus receive extensive experience working on Apple computers using industry standard software from Adobe.

Career opportunities: printing and publishing companies; advertising agencies; Web design; in-house graphics; design and marketing departments.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

GRA-101

Survey of Graphic Communications1

3

ART-301

Design Fundamentals

3

ART-133

Drawing

3

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

3

MKT-150

Principles of Advertising OR

3

MKT-110

Principles of Marketing

 

 

 

15

Term 2-Spring

GRA-127

Illustrator I

3

GRA-131

Digital Layout

3

GRA-140

Digital Imaging

3

CIS-207

Fundamentals of Web Programming

3

ENG-101

Elements of Writing OR

3

ENG-105

Composition I

 

 

 

15

Term 3-Summer

GRA-132

Digital Layout II

3

GRA-141

Digital Imaging II

3

 

 

6

Term 4-Fall

ENG-105

Composition I OR

3

ENG-106

Composition II

 

GRA-128

Illustrator II

3

GRA-151

Web Design

3

GRA-195

Introduction to Web Media

3

ADM-133

Business Math and Calculators

3

 

 

15

Term 5-Spring

GRA-152

Web Design II

4.5

GRA-153

Web Media II

3

GRA-192

Production Techniques

4.5

GRA-199

Graphic Communication Job Shadow

1

MGT-145

Human Relations in Management OR

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

 

 

 

16

Total program credit hours

67

1GRA-101 Survey of Graphic Communication must be completed in the first semester.

Note: Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should verify transfer credits before proceeding with this program. See your advisor to discuss appropriate course selection.

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