Rock Valley College

Graphic Arts Technology Degree

Option A: Graphic Design

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 67 credits
Program contact: Division of Arts and Social Sciences, (815) 921-3317

Program overview
 

In the Graphic Design Program, you will study the concepts of drawing and design, typography, color theory, print processes, digital photography, illustration, page layout, marketing and advertising. In addition, you will learn to work within budget and time constraints, prepare electronic files for printing, choose appropriate printing and paper supplies, interpret and evaluate criticism of design and present a creative rationale to a client

 

Work and employment
 

The Graphic Design Program prepares students for entry-level positions such as graphic designer, graphic artist or production artist. Students should also consult with an Academic Advisor, the Dean, or Academic Chair of the GAT program.

Graphic Arts Technology Core Requirements (28 credits)

Number Title
  GAT-101 Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology
  GAT-110 Introduction to Photoshop
  GAT-115 Introduction to Illustrator
  GAT-178 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing
  GAT-190 Image Generation and Output
  GAT-215 Advanced Illustrator
  GAT-220 Adv Photoshop for Graphic Arts Industry
  GAT-241 Intermediate Desktop Publishing
  GAT-242 Advanced Desktop Publishing
  GAT-255 Color System Management
  ART-104 Color Theory

General Education Course Requirements: (16 credits)

Number Title
  ENG-101 Composition I
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics
  MTH-120 College Algebra
  ENG-103 Composition II
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication
  BIO-106 Environmental Biology
  BIO-107 Environmental Biology Laboratory
  PSY-170 General Psychology
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology

Option A: Graphic Arts Technology Emphasis #8225 (23 credits)

Number Title
  ART-101 Drawing & Composition I
  ART-102 Drawing & Composition II
  ART-103 Design I
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business
  GAT-150 Typography
  GAT-168 Graphic Arts Technology Internship
  MKT-260 Principles of Marketing
  WEB-225 Digital Photography

* May replace GAT-168 with GAT elective or Art elective

Option B: Cross Media Production

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 67 credits
Program contact: Division of Arts and Social Sciences, (815) 921-3317

Program overview
 

The current trend in printing and publishing companies across the nation is to integrate the use of the one-dimensional medium of print with other multi-dimensional forms of communication. The Cross Media Production course of study involves not only developing graphics and publishing pieces, but also web and television design.

Work and employment
 

The Cross Media Production Program of study prepares students for entry level jobs creating print, marketing, web, and special effects images for printing, marketing and film companies. Students should also consult with anAcademic Advisor, the Dean, or Academic Chair of the GAT program. 

General Education Course Requirements: (16 credits)

Number Title
  ENG-101 Composition I
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics
  MTH-120 College Algebra
  ENG-103 Composition II
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication
  BIO-106 Environmental Biology
  BIO-107 Environmental Biology Laboratory
  PSY-170 General Psychology
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology

Option B: Cross Media Production Emphasis #8250 (23 credits)

Number Title
  COM-156 Audio Production I
  COM-157 Video Production I
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet
  WEB-102 Adv Programming Related to the Internet
  WEB-225 Digital Photography
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business
  MKT-260 Principles of Marketing