Some of today?s most dynamic industries are based on graphic design. The fields of publishing, television, and corporate design offer great opportunities for trained visual communicators. Design studios require the talents of many professionals. Art directors work with writers to develop original concepts, supervising a creative process that relies on the expertise of layout artists, productions artists, illustrators, photographers, and printers.
In the field of publishing, art directors and designers work with editors and journalists to design and produce magazines, books, and newspapers. Graphic designers create a vast range of visual communications including corporate identity programs, consumer package designs, annual reports, exhibit materials, direct mail, brochures, and multimedia presentations. The television industry employs trained visual artists who use conventional and computer technology to create television commercials, sophisticated titling, and graphics.
The Art Institute is the first step toward a career in commercial graphics. Initially, students are introduced to the basic skills in design, and are trained in creative problem solving and the ability to offer client solutions. Students study the skills and techniques of computer graphics, electronic imaging, and production while focusing on color and composition, visual expression, print production, and basic art direction skills. Tools include scanners, digital cameras, and computer-based hardware and software.
To receive an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 90 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institutes.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
? Use industry-related computer software programs within the context of producing concrete projects including the technical aspects of pre-press, output, and quality reproduction as well as Web design.
? Incorporate aesthetics and formal concepts of layout and design including spatial relationships, communication, legibility and effectiveness, interrelationships among imagery and text, balance, typography, and color theory.
? Articulate the vision behind their creative work and explain and promote their solutions.
? Demonstrate professional presentation skills, articulation of knowledge of graphic design and visual problem solving.
? Seek entry-level positions as production artist, graphic designer, assistant art director, production coordinator, and computer artist at design studios, publishing houses, corporate communications departments, and television studios.