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graphic communications

    Video: Graphic Communications

    Program Number: 10-204-3
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    Program Description

    The Graphic Communications program combines the creativity of graphic design and the technology of digital media to prepare graduates for careers in graphic communications. Emphasis is placed on the use of the graphic design software to generate text, graphics and photos to create digital media for use in newsletters, flyers, display ads, forms, manuals, brochures and Web-based documents. First-year students work primarily online building design and layout skills using a variety of graphic production software. Second-year students continue to develop these skills through hands-on, classroom-based production experiences.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $36,397

    Approximate Costs

    • $130.35 per credit (resident)
    • $195.53 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Fees shown are 2016-2017 fees; 2017-2018 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.

    Program Outcomes

    • Apply the principles of design to develop strategic marketing and communication products and services.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of design software, tools and technology.
    • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion using a formal process.
    • Apply effective legal and ethical business practices and project management skills.
    • Communicate artwork rationale in formal and informal settings.

    Career Opportunities

    • Graphic Arts Designer
    • Sales Representative
    • Customer Service Representative
    • Electronic Prepress Technician
    • Digital Prepress Technician

    Career Pathways

    Career Pathways offer a guide to help you achieve your education and employment goals. With short-term education options based on stackable credits, Career Pathways allow you to build upon your education goals as you plan your career advancement. At each step of the way, your classes will stack to more advanced certificates and diplomas, earning industry recognized credentials that provide you potentially new employment opportunities.

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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    Courses

    NumberTitleCrs
    Term 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    103-170Beginning Photoshop2
    103-174InDesign2
    111-101Introduction to Graphic Communication3
    204-112Design Fundamentals3
    801-136English Composition 13
    890-101**College 1012
    Total16
     
    Term 2
    152-107Graphics for the Web2
    204-102Vector Illustration 12
    204-111Typography3
    204-121Publishing Principles2
    204-163Acrobat PDF2
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Total17
     
    Term 3
    196-189Team Building and Problem Solving3
    204-100Imaging Editing2
    204-134Design Production and Planning 13
    204-144Vector Illustration 23
    804-1xxMathematics Course3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total17
     
    Term 4
    204-116Digital Graphic Imaging3
    204-168Design Production and Planning 2: Digital Output3
    204-181Prepress Process Color3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total15
     
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements65

    General Education Options

    View the Graphic Communications General Education Course Options.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Academic Planner

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.