AAB Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design Course

The North Coast College’s Graphic Design faculty consists of various industry professionals, from illustration and ad layout to creative marketing and web design. The instructors and hands-on curriculum heighten both creative instincts and software capabilities. This 108 credit hour Associate of Applied Business Degree can be completed in four semesters or 24 months.

Today’s graphic artists must have effective communication skills in addition to industry standard software knowledge and artistic ability. Companies are looking for individuals that bring a high level of professionalism to the workplace. The North Coast College’s Graphic Design program simulates the professional design industry through its projects and unique classroom environments.

Graphic Design is one of the most diverse fields of all the applied arts. The program prepares students for entry-level Graphic Design positions including illustrators, print and web designers, and production artists.

AAB Graphic Design Program Outline


Semester 1


ENGL101 Foundation of Written Communication 3
ARTS103 Color Theory and Design Principles 3
GDES103 Graphic Design: Preparation 3
GDES105 Graphic Design: Incubation 3
CDEV119 Career Development Seminar I 3
Total 15

Semester 2


ENGL102 Verbal Communications of Visual Concepts 3
MTH143 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy 3
HUM216 History of Art I 3
GDES102 Digital Video: Preparation 3
GDES110 Digital Video: Incubation 3
Total 15

Semester 3


CUL310 Idea Generation and Applied Creativity 3
SS121 Emotional Intelligence 3
GDES204 Graphic Design: Primer (Typography) 3
GDES237 Digital Video: Primer (Cinematography, Lighting, and Sound) 3
GDES315 Graphic Design: Insights (Designing for Interaction) 3
Total 15

Semester 4


BUSN101 Principles of Marketing 3
CDEV219 Career Development: Internship 3
GDES210 Graphic Design: Insights (Advertising & Business Graphics) 3
GDES220 Digital Video: Insights (Commercial Media & Corporate Productions) 3
GDES321 Graphic Design: Evaluation (Portfolio & Capstone Preparation) 3
Total 15
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