Courses & Programs

Graphics

This program lays the foundation for a career in graphic design, printing, publishing, or advertising.

What will you learn?

Successful completion of this program will include the creation of a portfolio which is required for transfer to upper level studies leading to a BA or BFA degree. 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The portfolio, along with the experience in completing the courses, prepares the student for beginning a career in graphic design, printing, publishing, or advertising. The portfolio will include samples of graphic design basics:

  • Logo Development
  • Layout
  • Advertising Design
  • Black & White Graphics
  • Color Graphics
  • Traditional Layout
  • Computer Layout
  • Computer Imaging
  • Computer Illustration

What will you do?

Continue your education at a four-year college or university, or enter the workforce! Career options include graphic design, printing, publishing, and advertising. Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career and Transfer Center, or at What Can I Do With This Major?

62-63 total credits

26-27 credits General Education Requirements + 21 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, approximately 20% of this degree may be completed online.


General Education Requirements

26-27 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.

Program Requirements

21 CREDITS
Introduction to primary drawing techniques, focusing on black and white and limited monochromatic color media, using a variety of media (pencil, crayon, charcoal, wash, ink, etc.). Emphasis is on sound observation, skillful employment of materials, increased exposure to the fine art of drawing, and effective presentation of completed work.Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week
A foundations course in art and design. The basic elements and principles of two-dimensional composition will be explored through the manipulation and organization of black, white, and gray media. Students will learn to think and communicate visually. Two 2 1/2 studios per week
Continuation of Basic Design I. Specific problems in two and three dimensions emphasizing repetition, color, structure, function, and related concepts. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per weekPrerequisite: ART 123
A chronological, historical analysis of major works of art from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on technical, aesthetic, and historical relevance. Prerequisite: ENG 101, previously or concurrently
A chronological, historical analysis of major works of art from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on technical, aesthetic, and historical relevance. Prerequisite: ENG 101, previously or concurrently
Introduction to the basic concepts and methods used in producing visual advertising. Covers both practical and creative aspects in the fields of graphics, typography, and layout with emphasis on the production of a portfolio of work. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week Prerequisite or Corequisite: ART 121 or ART 123
Develops a familiarity with the computer and the basics of desktop publishing working at a Macintosh terminal. Covers basic computer terminology and page layout with current layout software. The basics of illustration tools will also be introduced. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per weekPrerequisite: ART 256

15 credits of electives


12 CREDITS

Choose four from the following:

ART 257  |  Commercial Art and Design II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ART 256 

ART 258  |  Graphic Design Production
Credits: 3
Pre- or Corequisite: ART 259  

ART 260  |  Computers for Graphic Designers II
Credits: 3
Pre- or Co-requisite: ART 259 or permission of instructor   
 
ART 265  |  Computers for Graphic Designers III
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ART 259

ART 266  |  Introduction To Web Design
Credits: 3
Pre- or Co-requisite: ART 259 or permission of instructor 
3 CREDITS

Choose for the the following from EMS 105, EMS 111, EMS 112, ART 266.

HUM XX1  |  Humanities Elective [C]
Credits: 3 

Visual Communication Elective  
Credits: 3 

ART XX1  |  Art Elective
Credits: 3


Suggested Electives: Select from the following electives: EMS 105, EMS 111, EMS 112, ART 266.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree