Why Choose Graphic Design Diploma at CLC?
• Award winning students at the American Advertising Federation Competition – Best of Show 2 years in a row.
• Students receive close personal attention from their instructors.
• Digital printing production program for real world experience.
• Active “Right Brain Graphics Club” perform student activities and community services.
• We stay current with industry technology.
• Close to industry for possible internships and local placement.
GRAPHIC DESIGN DIPLOMA
Program Course Requirements
First Year – Fall Semester
GDES 1105 Concepts of Design (3 cr)
GDES 1134 Typography (3 cr)
GDES 1140 Adobe Photoshop (3 cr)
GDES 1142 Adobe Illustrator (3 cr)
GDES 1144 Adobe InDesign (3 cr)
Total – 15 credits
First Year – Spring Semester
GDES 1120 Publication Design (3 cr)
GDES 1122* Graphic Design Production (3 cr)
GDES 1124 Corporate ID (3 cr)
General Education (6 cr)
Total – 15 credits
Second Year – Fall Semester
GDES 2100* Graphic Design I (3 cr)
GDES 2120* Packaging (3 cr)
GDES 2130 Motion Graphics I (3 cr)
GDES 2132 Design in Social Media (3 cr)
Total – 12 credits
Second Year – Spring Semester
GDES 2102* Graphic Design II (3 cr)
GDES 2113* Art Direction (3 cr)
GDES 2124 Portfolio Production (3 cr)
Choose 3 credits from GDES or VPRO courses (3 cr)
Total – 12 credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 54 CREDITS
Graphic Design students are required to purchas an Apple Macintosh laptop with the Adobe Creative Cloud software. See latest requirement through bookstore website.
Career Description: A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who is trained to conceive, plan, and execute a design that communicates a direct message to an audience in an imaginative and visually arresting manner. Effective visual communication requires a graphic designer to communicate ideas and information in ways that will get the attention of, and motivate, a viewer. Ideas are generated through a design process in which graphic designers research, organize, and interpret the information; define the objectives; originate ideas; and create new visual forms. New and constantly evolving computer and communication technologies further challenge the role of the graphic designer in creating imaginative and clear messages for vastly different audiences. Meeting this challenge requires use of the best media tools for development and delivery of ideas and information: print, photography, packaging, logos, publications, the internet, film, television, and animation.
Program Information: In the Graphic Design Program, students will take visual ideas from initial concept through creative and technical development and, ultimately, to a final form that is ready for production. Various tools are used, from hand tools for illustration to the latest computerized aids. We focus on projects modeled with industry realities, relevant to high-impact, effective communication.
Graduates will be able to:
- Select appropriate software tools to achieve effective design solutions;
- Communicate design concepts at various stages of development using the design process;
- Develop print and multimedia concepts using traditional, computer-based, and video design tools;
- Develop and present creative portfolios verbally and in writing to clients;
- Interact with clients, marketing personnel, copy writers, web designers, photographers, and printing companies; and
- Demonstrate a respect for diversity of ideas and concepts in a group environment.
Special Program Requirements:
In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
- College Technical Core GPA Requirement: The cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0; and
- Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% (13) of their credits at Central Lakes College.
Transfer Opportunities: Students have the opportunity to transfer to Bemidji State University and finish a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Design Technology with an emphasis in Digital Design/Print, Digital Design/Electronic, or Exhibit Design.
Career Opportunities: There are many employment opportunities in Minnesota for people in the graphic design field. The Twin Cities, Duluth, Brainerd, and St. Cloud are some of the hot spots in the area for jobs in this field.
Career Titles: Common career titles in this field include advertising agency designer, multimedia designer, corporate in-house designer, print designer, art director, package designer, poster/billboard designer, website designer, magazine designer, video editor, book designer, and newspaper designer.
Graphic Design Instructor
Leon Dahlvang graduated from Staples Technical College and became a teaching assistant in the Computer Graphics department from 1985-89. He then worked at Connecting Point Computer Center/EdTech as a telephone support specialist for the graphics industry. He assisted in designs of brochures other promotional pieces for retail and education clients. In 1992, Leon was hired as a design/support person for the graphic design department at the Print House in Willmar, MN. Leon returned to teaching at Central Lakes College in 1996 and has enjoyed teaching students using technology for the creative marketplace.
Graphic Design Instructor
Jensen’s work in design and photographic direction has won AdFed awards at the local, district, and national levels. These ADDY awards include work for clients such as Larson Boats, Bayliner Boats, LaMettry’s Collision and Creative Memories. Rick has a varied background working for agencies, printers, and companies – both large and small. A Minnesota native, he received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design at Indiana State University in 1993, where an elective course in graphic design and metals set him down his career path. Later in 2013, he received a B.S. in Education – Art, K-12 from St. Cloud State University. He’s currently working for the Minneapolis based, Soulo Communications as their Creative Director. “I’ve always liked creating things,” he says. “Whether it’s landscaping or construction or art, I just really like making something. As it turned out, graphic design was a way to make a living doing something I love”