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Career PathwaysIntegrated Media: Graphic Design
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser
Chris Maier: 503-491-6992 - Room AC 1384

Now, more than ever, great design allows information to stand out in the avalanche of visual messages that surround us. Every successful business uses 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 Suite software and color printers, allowing students to develop professional quality portfolios.

The graphic design curriculum places an equal focus on printed and screen-based solutions. Our instruction incorporates the newest and most sophisticated tools to develop skills in motion graphics, digital photography and illustration techniques. Projects include type and editorial design, branding, packaging, multimedia presentations and website design. Students create several portfolios of their original design work: a traditional print portfolio, a Web-based portfolio and a PDF to send 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 Web designers, publication designers, graphic design assistants, 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, Chris Maier, 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

Admission Requirements
The Integrated Media: Graphic Design program is an open-entry program beginning in the fall term only. Prospective students are admitted on a space available basis after academic criteria has been met.

Students must have a current record on file and meet the minimum proficiency level in reading, writing and mathematics. Proficiency can be satisfied by placement into MTH060, WR115 and RD115 on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) or by completion of MTH020, WR090 and RD090 (or equivalent transfer courses demonstrated through official transcripts on file at MHCC).

Call 503-491-7678 for information about taking the College Placement Test.

Students can simply register on a first come, first served basis for fall term in late May when the open registration period begins. Wait lists will be established for each option as the courses fill to capacity.

Requirement for Continuing into Winter Term 2015
Students must have the consent of their faculty program adviser and meet the proficiencies of their fall program classes to continue into the second term of Integrated Media courses. Students will be provided with clear performance expectations when classes start in September.

For more information, please contact an Integrated Media faculty adviser or visit or

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
IM178 Sound, Frame, Light 4
IM179 Digital Tools and Workflow 5
GD150 Principles of Graphic Design 5
Second Quarter (Winter)
IM190 Web Basics 4
GD151 Color and Composition 5
GD160 Typography Systems 5
WR121 English Composition1 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
GD152 Concept, Creativity and Unity 5
GD165 Digital Illustration 5
ART206 History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern1 4
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
IM260 Professional Practice for Integrated Media 4
IM270 Project Development 4
GD250 Developing Brand Identity 5
  Human Relations requirement‡ 3-4
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
IM271 The Creative Pitch 4
IM282 Integrated Media Focus2   4
GD251 Digital Publication Design 5
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
IM272 Integrated Media Projects or
WE280IM_Cooperative Education Internship3
IM290 Integrated Media Portfolio 4
GD252 Digital Media Studio 5
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 1 or
MTH105 (or higher) 1, 4  
  Total Credits 95-96

1Students intending to transfer to PNCA are recommended to take MTH105 or greater, WR122, ART204 and ART205.
2Students may select any combination of IM282 courses to total four credits.
3Any combination of WE280IMA, WE280IMB, WE280IMC or WE280IMD to total four credits. Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.
4A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

‡See Associate of Applied Science Degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

Transfer School Web link:
Marylhurst University -
Pacific Northwest College of Art

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