December 15, 2015 Kenneth Colangelo

Graphic Design

Incorporates career-related requirements of the associate’s degree while preparing students for entry-level graphic design positions as well as continued study in the associate’s degree program.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all courses in the program, students will be able to:

Visual Literacy and Creative Expression –

  1. acquire skills in drawing using traditional materials and techniques
  2. Identify and apply the design principles to control aesthetic and compositional elements in the creation of visual solutions to art and design problems
  3. demonstrate the development of visual and conceptual skills required to create a successful design solution through the process of idea development, refinement, and assessment in the creation of design projects

Visual Communication, Conceptual and Critical Thinking –

  1. understand the function and impact of design, and the roll of the design profession in our society
  2. analyze a visual communication problem, develop visual concepts, and create design solutions that respond to client and audience needs through symbol and image creation, graphic illustration, paper selection, color, typography, and page composition
  3. communicate an understanding of design concepts, processes, and techniques using the “language” of design

Media and Technical Skills –

  1. gain competence in the Macintosh OS, file storage and retrieval, network navigation, and the output of digital images and designs
  2. acquire skills in the use of image scanning, page layout, and vector and raster image software programs so as to be able to design and execute graphic symbols and illustrations, raster images, and page compositions incorporating typography and image
  3. understand the basic concepts of printing and print production processes so as be able to successfully create electronic mechanical art for spot and process color graphic design projects

Professional Practice –

  1. understand project management, marketing, and business related responsibilities of a graphic designer in the design and production of visual communication pieces, the necessity of participating in a collaborative work environment, and adhering to professional ethical standards
  2. demonstrate knowledge of design project goals, be able to set priorities to meet milestones for project completion, and show the ability to revise and refine designs based on ongoing evaluation
  3. present design solutions and portfolio, in a manner suited to professional presentation showing knowledge and application of the concepts, skills, and techniques presented in courses during the program.


Program Coordinator: Kinga Wlodarska

First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
ART*111 Drawing I 3
GRA*101 Design Principles 3
GRA*110 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
Second Semester
GRA*200 Visual Communications (a) 3
GRA*231 Digital Imaging (a) 3
Select one of the following courses:
ENG*101 Composition (a)‡ or  
ENG*106 Writing for Business (a) 3
Third Semester
GRA*201 Typography and Design I (a) 3
GRA*236 Digital Illustration (a) 3
Fourth Semester
GRA*203 Design and Production (a) 3
GRA*205 Typography and Design II (a) 3

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
‡ NOTE: Students planning to transfer to an associate or baccalaureate program should take Composition (ENG*101).

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at: Connecticut State Community College
STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Get more details about this merger.