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MGD Degree & Certificate Course Maps

Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with a faculty advisor. Below are sample course maps.

MGD AAS Degree Map

MGD AAS Degree Map

MGD AAS Degree Map

Course & Credit Hours

  • MGD 1002 - Intro to Multimedia (3)
  • MGD 1012 - Adobe Illustrator I (3)
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3)
  • ART 1110 - Art Appreciation OR
    • ART 1113 Art History 1900 to Present (3)
  • COM 1150 - Public Speaking OR
    • COM 2220 Group Communication (3)

Total Credits: 15

Course & Credit Hours

  • MGD 1013 - Adobe InDesign (3)
  • MGD 1014 - Typography I (3)
  • MGD 1020 - Introduction to Production Design (3) OR
    • MGD 1017 Introduction to Creative Visualization (3)
  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color I OR
    • ART 1002 Visual Concepts 2-D Design (3)
  • ENG 1021 - English Composition I OR
    • ENG 1020 Technical Writing I (3)

Total Credits: 15

MGD AAS Degree Map

Course & Credit Hours

  • MGD 1034 - Drawing for Illustrators (3)
  • MGD 1041 - Web Design I (3)
  • MGD 2013 - Electronic Prepress (3)
  • MGD 1043 - Motion Graphic Design I OR
    • MGD 1065 After Effects I (3)
  • 1 Elective (3)
  • 1 Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Course & Credit Hours

  • MGD 2021 - Computer Graphics I (3)
  • MGD 2041 - Web Design II (3) OR 
    • MGD 242 Web Architecture (3)
  • MGD 2089 - Capstone (3)
  • MAT 1140 - Career Math OR 
    • MAT Financial Mathematics (3)
  • 1 Elective (3)
  • 1 AAS General Education Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

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Design to Print Certificate

With the Design to Print Certificate students acquire a blend of knowledge regarding color, layout, and design associated with communication through print media. Students practice using design processes and creative problem solving in workups, finished art, and presentations. Additionally students learn how to use the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign as illustration, design, and page layout tools. Students learn about typography and develop electronic drawing skills through practice and the use of state of the art illustration software.

  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color (3) OR
    • ART 1001 - Color Theory (3)
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3) OR
    • ART 1005 - Digital Art Foundations I (3)
  • MGD 1012 - Adobe Illustrator I (3)
  • MGD 1013 - Adobe InDesign (3)
  • MGD 1014 - Typography I (3)
  • MGD 2013 - Electronic Prepress (3)
  • MGD 2022 - Computer Graphics II (3) OR
    • MGD 2011 - Adobe Photoshop II (3)
  • MGD 2012 - Adobe Illustrator II (3)

Total Credit Hours: 24

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With the Digital Image Certificate students acquire a blend of knowledge regarding color, layout, and design associated with communication through digital images. Students practice using design process and creative problem solving in workups, finished art, and presentations. Additionally students learn how to use the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Students explore visual problem solving using digital tools for fine art. Students are introduced to photography, camera equipment and software used for image capture, management, and manipulation. There is also an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, and an overview of film and digital processing.

  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color (3) or ART 230 - Color Theory (3)
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3) OR
    • ART 1005 - Digital Art Foundations I (3)
  • MGD 1012 - Adobe Illustrator I (3)
  • MGD 2011 - Adobe Photoshop II (3)
  • PHO 1020 - Fundamentals of Photography (3) OR
    • ART 1401 - Digital Photography I (3)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Foundations of Multimedia Graphic Design Certificate

With the Multimedia Graphic Design Certificate students acquire a blend of knowledge regarding the basic components of multimedia, including text, graphics, animation, sound, and video through the creation of an array of projects and demonstrations. Students practice using design process and creative problem solving, as well as learning about color theories, fundamentals and styles. Additionally students can learn how to use the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign as illustration, design, web design, and page layout tools.

  • MGD 1002 - Introduction to Multimedia (3)
  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color (3) 
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3) OR
    • ART 1005 - Digital Art Foundations I (3)
  • MGD 1012 - Adobe Illustrator I (3)
  • 1 Elective  (3)
    • MGD 1013 - Adobe InDesign (3)
    • MGD 1014 - Typography I (3)
    • MGD 1017 - Introduction to Visual Communications (3)
    • MGD 1034 - Drawing for Illustrators (3)
    • MGD 1041 - Web Design I (3)

Total Credit Hours: 15

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Illustration Certificate

With the Illustration Certificate students acquire a blend of knowledge regarding color, layout, and design associated with communication through design illustration. Students learn how to use the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Students acquire the fundamental skills associated with drawing and rendering line structure, form, value, and composition. Additionally students learn about methods and techniques used in the profession of illustration for advertising, brochures, books, and other printed communication forms, with a focus on the development of color art for reproduction and proficiency in technique.

  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color (3) OR
    • ART 1001 - Color Theory (3)
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3) OR
    • ART 1005 - Digital Art Foundations I (3)
  • MGD 1012 - Adobe Illustrator I (3)
  • MGD 1034 - Drawing for Illustrators (3)
  • MGD 1037 - Illustration I (3)
  • MGD 1038 - Illustration II (3)
  • MGD 2037 - Illustration III (3)
  • MGD 2035 - Word and Image 1: Comics (3)

Total Credit Hours: 24

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video production

Video Production and Editing Certificate

With the Video Production and Editing Certificate students acquire a blend of knowledge regarding color, layout, and design associated with communication through video. Students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere  to create animation and dynamic interactive media for web and multimedia applications to a professional standard as well as the use of digital non-linear video editing and techniques for creating digital motion graphics. Additionally, students will learn basic audio production and editing techniques used in television and videotape production.

  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color (3) OR
    • ART 1001 - Color Theory (3)
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3) OR
    • ART 1005 - Digital Art Foundations I (3)
  • MGD 1043 - Motion Graphic Design I (3)
  • MGD 1064 - Digital Video Editing I (3)
  • MGD 1065 - After Effects I (3)
  • RTV 1006 - Principles of Audio (3)
  • RTV 1005 - Basic Video Production (3)

Total Credit Hours: 21

web designer

Web Design Certificate

With the Web Design Certificate students acquire a blend of knowledge regarding color, layout, and design associated with communication through web sites. Students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS and Wordpress  to create animation and dynamic interactive media for web and multimedia applications to a professional standard. Additionally, students learn about web site planning, design, and creation through industry-standard 146 development tools as well as open sources tools used in the design industry for designing and implementing web architecture

  • MGD 1009 - Design & Color (3) or ART 230 - Color Theory (3)
  • MGD 1011 - Adobe Photoshop I (3) OR
    • ART 1005 - Digital Art Foundations I (3)
  • MGD 1012 - Adobe Illustrator I (3)
  • MGD 1041 - Web Design I (3)
  • MGD 1043 - Motion Graphic Design I (3)
  • MGD 2041 - Web Design II (3)
  • MGD 2042 - Web Architecture: Open Source Design (3)

Total Credit Hours: 21

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