Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Combining traditional art fundamentals with cutting-edge technology, the Graphic Design A.A.S. degree consists of comprehensive coursework that prepares students for a variety of jobs, including Web design, video editing, computer animation, print production and others. These skills can be applied to many jobs, including:

  • advertising
  • promotion
  • printing
  • broadcast
  • the cinema

This degree encompasses all current and near-future baseline skills required by graphic employers and includes information and techniques designed to maximize student's employability.

Graphic Design Classes:
(all classes may not be offered every semester)
  • ART 190 Macintosh Basics
  • ART 290 Page Layout – Adobe InDesign
  • ART 291A Digital Imaging
  • ART 292A Graphic Design for the Web
  • ART 293A Video Production and Portfolio Development

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Jesse Kuhn

Jesse Kuhn
Graphic Design

“My drawing class at SCC reignited my creative bone from my high school days. It was the gateway to my career in art.”   Full Story

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Kathleen Sanker

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Karen Murray

Office Info

Office Hours

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday

Office Location

Visual Arts Building (VAB)

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Edward Engel - Adjunct Faculty

David Haley - Adjunct Faculty

Miranda Myles Jackson - Adjunct Faculty

David Potthast - Adjunct Faculty

Christopher Ryan - Adjunct Faculty

Kathleen Sanker - Professor

Sarah Scott - Adjunct Faculty

Erika Williams-Brown - Adjunct Faculty

Featured Courses

ART 1105 Digital Art Studio

Focus on introducing students to digital art forms, software programs, and the interrelationship of art and technology. Students will gain experience using digital tools to create fine art & graphic communications pieces weaving technical skills into creative vision.

ART 2100 History of Graphic Design

This is a survey course on the history of Graphic Design. This course will cover the history and development of visual communication. It will begin with the development of language and will trace the evolution of word and image throughout history using the works of designers and illustrators that have influenced the continuing development of the discipline. There will be an emphasis on the influence of technology, culture, major artistic movements, and socio-political factors on the evolution of graphic design. 

ART 2110 Page Layout

Focus on page layout, publication design, and layout techniques covering a range of work, from flyers, brochures, magazines, multi-page publishing as well as electronic formats. Typography, use of space and traditional industry standards and practices included as well as prepress guidelines for both print and electronic media.

ART 2120 Typography

Focus of course will stress the refined use of typography as a design and communication tool. Students will study the history and classifications of letter-forms and use it in the creation of various typographical designs and presentations. Typical projects may range from letter and alphabet design to the use of typographical forms as the feature design elements in graphic designs or page layouts.

ART 2130 Digital Imaging & Illustration

Focus on the creation and digital manipulation of artwork & images increasing familiarity with basic tools used the design. Projects focus on artwork and logo creation, image correction and adjustment, combining imagery, color correction, etc. Discussion and demonstration of traditional printing technology. Review of legal issues related to digital imagery and freelance design included.

ART 2140 Web Design

Emphasis on web page design & development. Topics include the conceptualization and construction of a variety of web sites, including individual pages, HTML, email, animation, etc. Implementation of all aspects of graphic design will play a part in the overall class. This is a continuation of student design studies, applying graphic concepts to the interactive Web.

ART 2160 Motion Graphics

In this class students will learn the basics of motion graphics design and animation through completion of finished projects that may include movie/tv show titles, kinetic typography, commercials, info graphics and animated shorts.

ART 2170 Video Production

Course will focus on video art as an expressive media. Students will learn the basics of video production/post production through completion of finished projects that may include music videos, interview/maker videos, commercials, how to videos, comedy shorts and short form stories. Cost of course may exceed $200.

ART 2199 Portfolio Design and Professional Practices

Focus of the course will emphasize the opportunities and procedures in various fields of graphic design, illustration and the creative industries. Students will be guided in the preparation of a portfolio of their work, a resume, related documents and will learn practical interviewing techniques. The intent will be to prepare students to enter the art field with a confident and professional attitude.

ART 2950 Visual Arts Studio Internship

On-the-job experience in visual arts.  Students may apply for an internship with artists or art-related businesses to enhance career readiness.  Visual arts studio internships must be approved and sponsored by a faculty advisor. 

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