General Graphic Design Area of Concentration
At Montgomery College, you'll gain hands-on, practical skills in graphic design from seasoned industry professionals.
Our graphic design associate’s degree program emphasizes creative application of design principles and problem solving in graphic design and communication, using both traditional and industry standard digital tools. You will learn the art of creating logos, brochure and publication design, page layout, and typography for both print and interactive applications.
Our curriculum provides a balanced foundation for immediate entry into the professional field or for further study. We ensure a seamless transfer to prestigious institutions across the US.
You will gain hands-on experience using industry standard equipment. Graphic design courses include graphic design for the web, digital tools for the visual arts, publication design, video editing, and more.
Enroll at MC and set your sights on a successful career in the field of graphic communication.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate solid foundation skills and competency in a range of media, techniques, and knowledge of associated processes to create products for a specified purpose or audience.
- Apply visual problem solving that employs appropriate technical skills and techniques.
- Evaluate the creativity of ideas and concepts for visual communication.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.
MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.
For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
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A suggested two-year course sequence for students follows.
- All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
- Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
- Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
- All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- ARTT 100 - Introduction to Drawing 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD) **
- ARTT 102 - Introduction to 2D Design 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- GDES 116 - Digital Tools for the Visual Arts 4 semester hours
- GDES 121 - Fundamentals of Graphic Design I 3 semester hours
- English Foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- Mathematics Foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
- ARTT 201 - Art History: 1400 to Present 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- GDES 124 - Fundamentals of Graphic Design II 3 semester hours
- GDES 214 - Photoshop for Graphics and Photography 4 semester hours
- GDES 212 - Publication Design with InDesign 4 semester hours
- GDES 216 - Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4 semester hours
- GDES 218 - Graphic Design for the Web 4 semester hours
- Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- GDES 224 - Graphic Design III 3 semester hours
- TVRA 140 - Video Editing 3 semester hours
- Program Elective 3 semester hours ‡ ‡
- Natural Science Distribtution with Lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
** AAS programs require one 3-credit Arts or Humanities General Education course.
‡ ‡ Although this degree is designed to be completed in 60 credits, a student may opt to take a 4-credit elective, which would be a total of 61 credits. Please see an advisor in the Graphic Design program.
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