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2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Multimedia, Graphic Design, and Illustration AAS - Academic Plan

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This program prepares students for entry-level work in the field of print design with additional weight given to either illustration or web design. The curriculum consists of lecture and lab participation involving design theory, typography, production, advertising, and portfolio development. Training in the latest design software is emphasized throughout the degree. Students entering this program can expect an additional cost of approximately $1,000 for books, drawing and design materials, and computer storage media. Please see the department’s advising guide for a recommended sequence of coursework.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 60

Required Courses - General Education Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?

ART 1110  - Art Appreciation OR

ART 1111  - Art History: Ancient to Medieval OR

ART 1112  - Art History: Renaissance to 1900 OR

ART 1113  - Art History: 1900-Present*

3 No Yes Yes Yes

BUS 1015  - Introduction to Business OR

MAN 2041  - Project Management in Organizations

3 No Yes Yes Yes

COM 1150  - Public Speaking* OR

COM 1250  - Interpersonal Communication OR

COM 2250  - Organizational Communication

3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

ENG 1021  - English Composition GT-CO1 OR

ENG 1031  - Tehcnical Writing GT-CO1*

3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

PSY 1001  - General Psychology GT-SS3 OR

SOC 1001  - Introduction to Sociology I GT-SS3*

3 Yes Yes Yes Yes


Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
ART 1201  - Drawing I 3 No Yes Yes Yes
ART 1002  - Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3 No Yes Yes Yes

MGD 1002  - Introduction to Multimedia OR

MGD 1043  - Motion Graphic Design I

3 No Yes Yes No
MGD 1011  - Adobe Photoshop I 3 No Yes Yes Yes
MGD 1012  - Adobe Illustrator I 3 No Yes Yes Yes
MGD 1013  - Adobe InDesign 3 No Yes Yes No
MGD 1015 - Typography & Layout 3 No Yes Yes No
MGD 1017  - Introduction to Visual Communications 3 No Yes Yes No
MGD 1020  - Production Design 3 Yes No Yes No

MGD 1041  - Web Design OR

MGD 1037  - Illustration I OR

ART 1202  - Drawing II

3 Yes Yes Yes No
MGD 2014  - Typography II 3 Yes Yes Yes No
MGD 2056  - Graphic Design Production 3 Yes Yes Yes No
MGD 2060  - Graphic Design Production II 3 Yes Yes Yes No

MGD 2080  - Internship OR

MGD 2087  - Cooperative Education

3 Yes Yes Yes No
MGD 2089  - Capstone 3 Yes No Yes No


Program Outcomes

  • Create visual responses to communication problems that demonstrate an understanding of hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition, and construction of meaningful images.
  • Demonstrate applicable planning techniques when solving communication problems, including identifying the problem, researching, analysis, solution generation, prototyping, user testing and outcome evaluation.
  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of issues related to the cognitive, social, cultural, technological and economic contexts for design.
  • Respond to audience contexts recognizing physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time)

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time)


  • *This course requires college-level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of the appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001  – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021  or ENG 1031  must also register for ENG 0094  unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094  standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree.
  • Students considering designating a major in an MGD program must set an appointment with an MGD faculty member to discuss computer proficiency and their experience or interest in the field of design.

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