Graphic Communications

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Program Number: 10-204-3
School Year: 2015-2016
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

  • $31,197

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

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

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.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
103-170 Beginning Photoshop 2
111-101 Introduction to Graphic Communication 3
204-112 Digital Graphic Design 3
204-121 Publishing Principles 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 19
Term 2
103-174 InDesign 2
104-160 Marketing Basics 1
152-107 Graphics for the Web 2
204-102 Digital Illustration and Design 2
204-111 Typography 3
204-163 Acrobat PDF 2
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-141 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
Total 15
Term 3
196-189 Team Building and Problem Solving 3
204-100 Imaging Editing 2
204-134 Design Production and Planning: Workflow 3
204-144 Electronic Illustration 2 With Vector Graphics 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
Total 14
Term 4
204-116 Digital Graphic Imaging 3
204-168 Design Production and Planning 2: Digital Output 3
204-181 Prepress Process (Color) 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
809-195 Economics 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 18
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 66

Exit Assessment

Successful completion of 204-168 Design, Production and Planning 2: Digital Output is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

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

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