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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Graphic Design Technology, A.A.S.

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The Graphic Design Technology A.A.S. program provides training for a variety of careers in visual communication and graphic design. This A.A.S. program is a career degree, preparing students for the workforce after graduation. However, students can opt to transfer to a four-year program rather than start a career, but should confer with advisors and transferring institutions for specific requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Students will have applied software and hardware skills to solve introductory visual design problems typically found in a visual communications program.

  2. Students will create a portfolio plus a digital portfolio site that demonstrates mastery of visual design and communication skills.

  3. Student will be able to compose and or implement a “design brief” which explains the project, what they were trying to achieve and how they have accomplished this using the language of a graphic designer.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition
*(ENG 101E  and ENG 101P  are approved substitutions for ENG 101) 
3   ENG 112 Technical Writing 3
MAT 115 Quantitative Reasoning 3   Gen Ed Diversity 3
ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts 3   WEB 101 Web Design I 3
ART 103 Drawing I 3   GDT 116 Digital Imaging 3
GDT 112 Computer Graphics 3   GDT 143 Digital Layout/Prepress 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
Gen Ed Biological/Physical Science 3   SDE 102 2D Animation and Interactive Design 3
GDT 215 Typography 3   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Science 3
GDT 146 Graphic Design I 3   GDT 220 Digital Video and Audio 3
GDT 142 Computer Illustration: Adobe Illustrator  3   GDT 246 Graphic Design II 3
Restricted Elective  Choose from the list 3   Restricted Elective  Choose from the list 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

General Education Requirements (21-22 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/Physical Science



*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101, ENG-101E, and ENG-101P


Restricted Electives (5-6 Credits)

Select Restricted Elective credits from the following list:

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)

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