Graphic Design – AA

The Associate of Arts in Graphic Design program offers a variety of courses in the aesthetic, technical, and theoretical aspects of graphic design. Those who complete the two-year program with a “B” average in all major courses are eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design upon passing a portfolio review.

Courses are taught in labs with cutting edge technology, and cover the major areas of the graphic design, including illustration, logo design, web design, and animation. Students are prepared to compete in the workforce with skills in conceptual thinking, drawing, color theory, art and design history, as well as knowledge of the computer programs essential to success in the field. The program gives students the opportunity to merge imagination with technique to produce cutting-edge design work.

Graduates pursue professional opportunities in various design disciplines. Potential careers include art direction, web design, publication design, illustration, animation, or any number of disciplines in communication design. All core courses are held at the Van Ness campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental design principles such as the use of line, shape, color, value, texture, and space.
  • Demonstrate a flexibility to adapt to changing design trends.
  • Establish solid conceptual thinking and critical reasoning skills.
  • Illustrate an aptitude of industry-standard technological skills and graphic design as an art form.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the art and design history that preceded and influenced the contemporary design world.

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