Graphic and Interactive Design

Graphic and Interactive Design with Specializations in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Design

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1611080300)

By providing students with theoretical and classroom experience which closely parallels on-the-job activities, this program prepares students for careers in the graphics industry. Two specializations are available within the program: Graphic Design and Interactive Design. Graphic Design prepares students for employment as layout designers, graphic artists and computer graphic designers focusing on printed material. Interactive Design prepares students for employment in areas of entry-level interactive graphics and Web page design.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Career Program Advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequences as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Graduates of specific programs at Orange County Technical Colleges and TECO may be eligible to receive college credit for specific courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned an approved industry certification or Career Pathways credit.  For more information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the award of credit options.  Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Technical Certificates

The Graphic and Interactive Design A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificate programs are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Graphics - Interactive Design Support (15 credits) (CIP # 0650010203)
  • Graphic Design Support (15 credits)  (CIP # 0611080302)
  • Graphics - Interactive Design Production (24 credits) (CIP # 0611080304)
  • Graphic Design Production (24 credits) (CIP # 0611080303)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Production Manager
  • Illustrator
  • Design Artist
  • Interactive Design Specialist
  • CD Rom Developer

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

East Campus
Kristy Pennino, Program Chair: 407-582-2864
kpennino@valenciacollege.edu
Niurka Rivera, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-2179
nrivera4@valenciacollege.edu

West Campus
Meg Curtiss, Program Chair: 407-582-1452
mcurtiss@valenciacollege.edu
Genevieve Hall, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-1239
ghall13@valenciacollege.edu

Osceola Campus
Luis Salas Rivera, Program Chair: 407-582-4972
lsalasrivera@valenciacollege.edu
Roxana Boulos, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-4231
rboulos1@valenciacollege.edu

For more information on our Graphic and Interactive Design program, visit: http://vccgraphics.wordpress.com/

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses
SLS 1122New Student Experience3
GRA 1142CGraphic Design Essentials +5
GRA 1751INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE2
GRA 1413Professional Dev for Designers +1
ART 1300CDrawing I3
DIG 2100CWEB ESSENTIALS2
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
Science or MathematicsSee Gen. Ed. Requirements +*~3
ARH 1000ART APPRECIATION ~3
Select one of the following:3
General Psychology ~
Introductory Sociology ~
Intermediate Courses
GRA 2585CUser Interface Design *3
GRA 2156CVector Illustration +*3
GRA 1206CFundamentals Of Typography +*3
GRA 2201CElectronic Imaging +*3
GRA 2141CWeb Page Design +*3
Advanced Courses
GRA 1180CPORTFOLIO PREP *1
GRA 1951CPORTFOLIO REVIEW +*1
GRA 2942Internship in Graphics +*1
Specialization (See below)18
Total Credit Hours64
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Graphic Design Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate entry-level workplace computer competencies using industry-standard print design and production software.
  • Produce a finished digital or printed portfolio that visually demonstrates design, typography and technical abilities.
  • Produce a finished résumé, identity and self-promo piece that visually demonstrates design, typography and technical abilities.
  • Create effective visual communication through the application of design theories and principles to execute design solutions.
  • Perform industry-defined workplace skills in thinking, valuing, acting and communicating.
  • Develop solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
  • Access industry-related learning resources.
Intermediate Courses
GRA 1203CLayout Design +*3
GRA 2113CADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN I +*3
Graphics Elective3
Advanced Courses
GRA 2121CPUBLICATION DESIGN +*3
GRA 2182CAdvanced Graphic Design II +*3
GRA 2310CGraphic Reproduction Processes +*3
Total Credit Hours18
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Interactive Design Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate entry level workplace computer competencies using industry-standard interactive/web design and production software and coding languages.
  • Produce a finished digital/interactive portfolio that visually demonstrates design, typography and technical abilities.
  • Produce a finished résumé, identity and self-promo piece that visually demonstrates design, typography and technical abilities.
  • Create effective visual communication through the application of design theories and principles to execute design solution.
  • Perform industry-defined workplace skills in thinking, valuing, acting and communicating.
  • Develop solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
  • Access industry-related learning resources.
Intermediate Courses
GRA 2133CINTERMEDIATE WEB DESIGN *3
Graphics Elective3
Advanced Courses
GRA 2724CADVANCED CSS DESIGN *3
GRA 2143CAdvanced Web Page Design +*3
GRA 2723CCSS Design +*3
GRA 2132CAdvanced Interactive Design +*3
Total Credit Hours18
Graphic Design Electives
GRA 2225CAdvanced Typography +3
GRA 1956CPHOENIX DESIGN PROJECT + *3
GRA 1933CFund of Creative Thinking +3
GRA 2425Business/Ethics of Graph Desig3
GRA 2151CIllustrating +*3
GRA 2930Selected Topics: Graphic Arts +*1-3
GRA 1109History of Graphic Design3
GRA 2207CAdvanced Image Editing +*3
GRA 2755CWeb Development for Designers +3
PGY 1800CDIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY3
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree have the opportunity to transfer into a related bachelor’s degree (2 +2) that is offered at any state college in Florida. Students who want to continue their education should discuss the career path with their Career Program Advisor, as well as contact their State College of choice for acceptance of this degree.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Graphic Design Production

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to produce layouts and graphics for print and advertising design. The certificate focuses on the application of good design principles and the utilization of industry-standard production techniques as well as software and hardware at a basic level.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic workplace computer competencies using industry- standard software for print design and production.
  • Practice communication through the application of design theories and principles to execute design solutions.
  • Practice industry-defined workplace skills in thinking, valuing, acting and communicating.
  • Practice developing solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
  • Assist others with graphic design print production.
GRA 1142CGraphic Design Essentials +5
GRA 1413Professional Dev for Designers +1
ART 1300CDrawing I +3
GRA 2141CWeb Page Design +*3
GRA 1203CLayout Design +*3
GRA 1206CFundamentals Of Typography +*3
GRA 2156CVector Illustration +*3
GRA 2201CElectronic Imaging +*3
Total Credit Hours24
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and completion requirements.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Graphic Design Support

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to create layouts and graphics for printed design projects. The certificate focuses on the application of good design principles and the utilization of industry-standard production techniques as well as software and hardware at basic level.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic workplace computer competencies using industry standard software for print design and production.
  • Practice visual communication through the application of design theories and principles to execute design solutions.
  • Practice industry defined workplace skills in thinking, valuing, acting and communicating.
  • Practice developing solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
GRA 1142CGraphic Design Essentials +5
GRA 1413Professional Dev for Designers +1
GRA 2201CElectronic Imaging3
GRA 1203CLayout Design +*3
GRA 1206CFundamentals Of Typography +*3
Total Credit Hours15
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and completion requirements.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Graphics - Interactive Design Production

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to create images, Web design and interactive media for the Internet or CD/DVD ROM delivery and similar venues. The certificate focuses on the application of appropriate production techniques and the use of industry-standard software and hardware at a basic to intermediate level.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic workplace computer competencies using industry-standard software for Web design and production.
  • Practice visual communication through the application of design theories and principles to execute design solutions.
  • Practice industry-defined workplace skills in thinking, valuing, acting and communicating.
  • Practice developing solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
  • Assist others with interactive and Web design production.
GRA 1142CGraphic Design Essentials +5
GRA 1751INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE2
DIG 2100CWEB ESSENTIALS2
ART 1300CDrawing I +3
GRA 2585CUser Interface Design *3
GRA 2141CWeb Page Design +*3
GRA 1206CFundamentals Of Typography3
GRA 2201CElectronic Imaging +*3
Total Credit Hours24
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and completion requirements.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Graphics - Interactive Design Support

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to provide students with the skills required to create images and layouts for the Internet or CD/DVD ROM delivery and similar venues. The certificate focuses on the application of appropriate production techniques and the use of industry-standard software and hardware at a basic level.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic workplace computer competencies using industry-standard software for Web design and production.
  • Practice visual communication through the application of design theories and principles to execute design solutions.
  • Practice industry-defined workplace skills in thinking, valuing, acting and communicating.
  • Practice developing solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
GRA 1142CGraphic Design Essentials +5
GRA 1751INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE2
DIG 2100CWEB ESSENTIALS2
GRA 2585CUser Interface Design *3
GRA 2201CElectronic Imaging +*3
Total Credit Hours15
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and completion requirements.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.