• Integrated Media: Graphic Design Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    Corporations, government organizations and small businesses all use the services of graphic designers to promote, brand and inform in today's highly competitive global economy. Integrated Media's Graphic Design program provides students with in-depth understanding of design and composition, illustration, typography, web design, new media and advertising.

    Integrated Media's outstanding facilities include Mac-equipped computer labs with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software, production tools, and color printers; allowing students to develop professional quality portfolios.

    The graphic design curriculum places a focus on printed and screen-based solutions. Projects include typographic layout, editorial design, branding, packaging, multimedia presentations, illustration and digital design. Students create several portfolios of their original design work: a traditional print portfolio, a web-based portfolio and personal promotions to send to clients and prospective employers.
    Graduates of this program can continue on to a four‐year college to secure a bachelor's degree or will be qualified to work as freelance designers, production artists, publication designers, junior designers, marketing and promotions assistants.

    This two-year course of study in Integrated Media: Graphic Design is designed to meet transfer requirements for the Communication Design BFA program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art through a formal agreement with PNCA. Interested students should contact the Integrated Media: Graphic Design program adviser, Dale Gronso, for additional information.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Collaborate effectively with others
    • Demonstrate ability to adapt to changing technology
    • Use effective oral and written communication
    • Access and analyze information
    • Demonstrate curiosity and imagination
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    GD150 Principles of Graphic Design
    5
    IM120 Computers and File Management
    1
    IM122 Basic Image Editing
    1
    IM123 Basic Sound Editing
    1
    IM124 Basic Non-Linear Editing
    1
    IM125 Basic Page Layout 5
    1
    IM178 Integrated Media Overview
    4
    14
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    GD151 Composition and Production
    5
    GD160 Typography Systems
    5
    IM165 Image Manipulation
    4
    WR121 English Composition1
    4
    18
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern1
    4
    GD152 Concept, Creativity and Unity
    5
    GD165 Digital Illustration
    4
    IM190 Web for Media
    2
    15
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    IM260 Professional Practice for Integrated Media
    4
    IM270 Project Development
    4
    GD250 Developing Brand Identity
    5
    Human Relations requirement‡
    3-4
    16-17
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    IM271 The Creative Pitch
    4
    IM282 Integrated Media Focus2
    4
    GD251 Digital Publication Design
    4
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡
    3
    15
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    IM272 Integrated Media Projects or
    WE280IM_Cooperative Education Internship3
    4
    IM290 Integrated Media Portfolio
    4
    GD252 Digital Media Studio
    5
    MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I or
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 1 or MTH105 (or higher) 1
    4-6
    17-19
    Total Credits 95-98

    1IM121 will be accepted in place of IM125
    2Students intending to transfer to PNCA are recommended to take MTH105 or greater, WR122, ART204 and ART205.

    See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Transfer School Web link:
    Pacific Northwest College of Art - Communication Design