Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts Classroom

Graphic Arts refers to art created for commercial purposes primarily in the areas of advertising and marketing. Graphic designers can specialize in a number of fields including computer graphics, set and exhibition design, corporate design, book, newspaper and magazine design, television, digital photography, advertising, illustration, and Web design. They may progress to positions as production artist, graphic artist, freelance designer, art director, creative director or photographer.
The Graphic Arts program at CCCC is structured to give students a versatile background in several areas of the graphic design field. Study includes classroom instruction and lab time in a Mac-equipped computer studio, focused on skill development in layout, typography, print media, print reproduction, Web design, and digital photography. Coursework covers art preparation for print and online publication in advertisements, photography, illustration, brochure design, desktop publishing and computer graphics using industry standard software. Each student is suggested to prepare a portfolio of his or her best work for presentation to potential employers.
Graphic Arts is a limited enrollment program that offers graduates an associate degree. Ten students are enrolled each fall. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce job ready.

Program Outcomes:

• Student will demonstrate technical level skill in Graphic Arts.
• Student will demonstrate mastery of professional Graphic Arts software.
• Student will apply industry standards.
• Student will identify the industry standards for print production.
• Student will identify the industry standards for job-seeking skills.

Aptitude/Preparation

Persons interested in this field should be creative and imaginative, have a sense of color and form, be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and work independently or as part of a team. Artistic ability is a plus. All workers should expect to be retrained from time to time to handle new or upgraded software and equipment.

Program Characteristics

The Graphic Arts AAS Degree Program at CCCC is positioned to offer the student exceptional, regional leading opportunities in the following areas:
Technology: a classroom that is equipped with Mac computers with the latest industry standard software
Equipment: digital cameras, scanner, video equipment and production lab, large format printers
Work Immersion: in the Print Production class the student will be having hands-on experience working in a print shop.

Faculty

The Graphic Arts faculty are professionals in the field of graphic design who have been employed and are still active in the field and continue to upgrade their skills outside the classroom. The student/teacher ratio is 10:1 and allows ample one-on-one instruction as well as the competitive advantage of a group environment.

Melody Volk

Melody Volk
701-766-1113
melody.volk@littlehoop.edu

 

Courses of Essential Studies

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENGL 100 Student Success FA,SP
1
ENGL 110 College Composition I FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 161 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU
3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP
3
DS 110 Dakota Thought, Philosophy, & Culture*** FA,SP,SU
3
  ND:FA/HUM  
3
  ND:SS or ND: HIST  
3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers FA,SP
3
ASC 093 Intermediate Algebra or higher FA,SP,SU
3
  ND:LABSC  
4
HPER101-104 Physical Education Activity FA,SP,SU
1
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP
2
  TOTAL  
32
     
  ***Alternate Summer Rotation  

 

Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ART 103/L Introduction to Electronic Imaging/Lab FA,SP
4
ART 107/L Design & Desktop Publishing/Lab FA,SP
4
ART 117/L Digital Illustration/Lab FA
4
ART 201/L Current Imaging/Lab SP
4
ART 207/L Introduction to Multimedia/Lab SP
4
ART 211 Fundamentals of Graphic Design FA
3
ART 204/L Print Production/Lab* SU
4
  Program Elective**  
3
  TOTAL  
30
  *Available to graduating 2nd year students in program    
  **Program Elective (Students should work with their advisor to choose courses that enhance their chosen field.)    

 

Program Electives

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
IS 255 Survey of Native American Art FA
3
ART 130 Drawing I FA,SP

3

AM 101 3D Modeling for Advanced Manufacturing SP
3
MATH 103 College Algebra FA,SP 3
BUSN 170 Entrepreneurship FA
3

 

Degree Program Total Credits.....62

Graphic Arts Course Descriptions