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Graphic Design/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts

The Fine Arts Option in Graphic Design is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/design related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of Graphic Design. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are introduced to the various aspects of the graphic communication process including the development of roughs, comps, layouts, pasteups, and mechanicals in a Macintosh-equipped digital laboratory. A specific approach to beginning and advanced design problem-solving is emphasized. Additional topics of study include an analysis of graphic art production processes including photo digitizing, typography, and the use of illustration software programs.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • State the theoretical skills involved in creating visuals, combining images and typography.
  • Create visuals which utilize both images and typography.
  • Create examples, utilizing diverse materials and media, of techniques traditionally used in foundation level graphic design studios.
  • Create examples of traditional layout comps, thumbnail, and sketch mode visualizations.
  • State the critical and aesthetic essentials seen throughout the history of graphic design.
  • Utilize the tools of digital design including computer and design software to prepare graphic design examples.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in graphic design.
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First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Comp I
FIA 104 - Introduction to 2D Design OR
FIA 108 - Art Appreciation
Modern Language
HIS 101 - Intro to Western Civilization I
MAT 119 - Algebra

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Comp II
FIA 109 - Introduction to Drawing
Modern Language
HIS 102 - Intro to Western Civilization II
Laboratory Science

Second Year

First Semester

ENG - 200 Level Literature Course
FIA 115 - Fundamentals of Figure Drawing
FIA 202 - Introduction to Graphic Design
PSY 101 - General Psychology
MAT 127 - Elementary Statistics OR
Laboratory Science

Second Semester

BUS 203 - Principles of Advertising
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communications OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
FIA - Diversity Course*
FIA 204 - Fundamentals of Graphic Design
FIA 225 - Fundamentals of Digital Imaging**
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality

* Students can take FIA 105, FIA 108, FIA 111, FIA 112, FIA 117 to fulfill the Fine Arts Diversity Course requirement.

** Students who take FIA 225 Fundamentals of Digital Imaging must take FIA 224 Intro to Digital Imaging or receive permission of instructor.

Career Options

Graduates can transfer to a related program at a four-year college or university and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements UNION County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer counselor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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