Graphic Design Media Technologies Diploma

Graphic Design Media Technologies Diploma

Graphic Design students are required to purchase an Apple laptop with the Adobe Creative Cloud software. See the latest requirement through the 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 – Media Technologies, 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 sketches to the latest computerized aids for print or online media. We focus on projects modeled with industry realities, relevant to high-impact, effective communication.

Program Outcomes

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:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. 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
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% (7) of their credits at Central Lakes College.
  4. Graphic Design students are required to purchase an Apple laptop with the Adobe Creative Cloud software. See latest requirement through bookstore website.

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 Titles

Common career titles in this field include advertising agency designer, multimedia designer, corporate in-house designer, illustrator, print designer, art director, package designer, poster/billboard designer, website designer, magazine designer, video editor, book designer, animation consultant/designer, and newspaper designer.

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Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester – 1st year (15 credits)
GDES 1105  Concepts of Design, 3 cr
GDES 1140  Adobe Photoshop, 3 cr
GDES 1142  Adobe Illustrator, 3 cr
GDES 1144  Adobe InDesign, 3 cr
GDES 1134 Typography, 3 cr

Spring Semester – 1st year (15 credits)
GDES 1122*  Graphic Design Production, 3 cr
GDES 1124 Corporate ID, 3 cr
GDES 1120 Publication Design, 3 cr
GDES 2352 Shop Internship, 6 cr

all Semester – 2nd year (15 credits)
GDES 2130 Motion Graphics 1, 3 cr
GDES 2132 Designs in Social Media, 3 cr
GDES 2100 Graphic Design 1, 3 cr
GDES 2352  Shop Internship, 6 cr


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