Computer Graphics Technology

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The Art Department and the Computer Graphics Technology Department now offer new degrees that include the Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design and an Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) in Web and Graphic Design. Clark's AAT in Web Design and Development has been significantly updated.

The new degree programs are intended for students who would like to continue to broaden their education beyond the certificate of proficiency programs currently available at Clark. Students still have the option to pursue either the Graphic Design or Web Design Certificates of Proficiency. The Pathways Diagram will help you plan your degree path.

As part of the new and updated degrees, Clark College offers new classes for the 2011-12 academic year including Creativity & Concept, Time-based Art, Intro to Social Media and Graphic Design Technology.

Upon successful completion of these degrees and certificates, graphic and web design students can expect to be prepared for entry-level employment as a production artist, a freelance graphic designer, a marketing communications assistant, or to transfer into a bachelor's degree program at an art school or a college or university.

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Degree Options

Computer Graphics Technology
The Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) program at Clark College provides hands-on learning with technologies used to create visual graphics, develop integrated media, and produce design solutions. Students taking our courses have an interest in computer graphics, multimedia, web design or graphic design. Our students' needs range from wanting specific software training, to acquiring a set of skills, to pursuing a certificate or degree.

CGT offers Career and Technical Education programs designed to prepare students for employment in various creative and technical disciplines. Our curriculum consists of two specialized certificate programs in Web Design or Graphic Design. These certificates can lead to one of our comprehensive AAT degrees in Web and Graphic Design or Web Design & Development. Students may also be interested in the ART Department's Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) transfer degree in Graphic Design.

Students are encouraged to meet with a CGT program advisor to discuss options, help plan your course schedule, tour the facilities, and talk with current students. Students must complete all Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award. Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirement Section of the Clark College catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Web/Graphic Design (AAT)
The Web & Graphic Design AAT degree prepares students for professional practice in the field of visual communications. The program builds a first-year foundation of aesthetic and technical skills and progresses into advanced study of web and graphic design practices. Students learn to effectively communicate ideas and information in a variety of traditional, digital, print, web and other media formats. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, real client project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as freelance designers, production designers or coordinators, content managers or publishers, marketing communications specialists, or entry-level web or graphic designers.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
Human Relations (5 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART 110
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT
3 cr.
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 118
TIME-BASED ART AND DESIGN
3 cr.
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 103
INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT
4 cr.
CGT 104
WEB MULTIMEDIA CONTENT I
4 cr.
CGT 201
WEB VIDEO PRODUCTION
4 cr.
Graphic Design
ART 172
GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPLORATION
3 cr.
ART 173
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I
4 cr.
ART 174
TYPOGRAPHY
4 cr.
ART 215
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
ART 271
PUBLICATION DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 273
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II
4 cr.
Web Design
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
CGT 105
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 106
SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLORATION
3 cr.
CGT 205
WEB DESIGN I
4 cr.
CGT 206
WEB DESIGN II
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
or CGT 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 95
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply fine art theory and design purposeful projects relevant to audience needs.
  • Synthesize multiple media assets with appropriate interactions and functions.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage web design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate web design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in web design practice.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Web Design (CP)
The Web Design Certificate prepares students to create web graphics, integrate media, and design websites. The program provides a foundation of aesthetic and technical skills through the study of visual design concepts, multimedia technologies and web design practices. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, real client project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as a freelance web designer, production artist, web content designer, e-marketing assistant, or other web-related production and support roles within a business.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART 110
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT
3 cr.
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 118
TIME-BASED ART AND DESIGN
3 cr.
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 104
WEB MULTIMEDIA CONTENT I
4 cr.
CGT 201
WEB VIDEO PRODUCTION
4 cr.
Graphic Design
ART 215
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
Web Design
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
CGT 105
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 106
SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLORATION
3 cr.
CGT 205
WEB DESIGN I
4 cr.
CGT 206
WEB DESIGN II
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
or CGT 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 67
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply fine art theory and design purposeful projects relevant to audience needs.
  • Synthesize multiple media assets with appropriate interactions and functions.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage web design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate web design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in web design practice.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Graphic Design (CP)
The Graphic Design Certificate prepares students to conceptualize ideas, create original artwork, and develop visual design solutions. The program provides a foundation of aesthetic and technical skills through the study of fine art principles, the design process and graphic design practices. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, contextual project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as freelance graphic designers, production artists, digital graphics specialists, marketing assistants, or other graphic art production and support roles within a business.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART 103
DRAWING I
3 cr.
ART 110
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT
3 cr.
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 145
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
3 cr.
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 103
INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT
4 cr.
Graphic Design
ART 172
GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPLORATION
3 cr.
ART 173
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I
4 cr.
ART 174
TYPOGRAPHY
4 cr.
ART 208
DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
4 cr.
ART 215
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
ART 271
PUBLICATION DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 273
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
or CGT 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 69
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Recognize and apply foundational art theory.
  • Place design projects and issues in context of society and culture.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage graphic design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate graphic design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in graphic design practice.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.

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