The Mission of the Graphic Design Associate of Science degree program is to provide a focus on conceptual thinking while developing graphic design technical and creative skills, including an introduction to the theory and practice of print and web design production, electronic publishing, graphic imagery, and sales promotion. Graduates are prepared to grow their careers from entry-level positions in the graphic design field through practice of lifelong learning. Graphic Design graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level employment and to meet the challenges of the continually changing marketplace and Graphic Design profession.
Glossy magazines, digital media, corporate stationery, television graphics, and billboards - all are composed of images, design, and printed words that work together to sell products and services, or to convey messages. This is the fundamental concept of graphic design, and it?s the basis of some of today?s most dynamic fields - advertising, publishing, television and interactive communications.
The Graphic Design program at The Art Institute of York - Pennsylvania is the first step toward a career in commercial graphics. Initially, students can develop an understanding of color and composition, design and typography, and learn accurate drawing skills. As they progress through the program, students are trained in creative problem solving and have the opportunity to learn to offer solutions that are effective in the business world.
Emphasis is placed on concept development and creative problem solving. Skills and techniques of computer graphics and electronic imaging are taught by industry professionals. Tools include scanners, digital cameras, and computer-based hardware and software. Advanced training includes the execution of assignments encountered by professionals in the field.
By graduation, Associate?s degree Graphic Design students have acquired the training and the portfolio necessary to be prepared to seek entry-level positions as print buyers, gallery assistants, sign makers, photo retouchers, set designers, and production artists.
Associate of Science Degree: 91 quarter credit hours, 77 weeks, 1232 clock hours