Art & Visual Communication
The graphic design awards cater to an array of students, including those looking to attend school full-time or working professionals seeking to refine skills or learn a new trade. It is recommended that students possess basic computer literacy skills when entering this program. The courses are designed to equip students with a foundation in art and design as well as a workplace-competent portfolio needed to enter into the industry.
In addition to hands-on learning opportunities using Adobe CC programs such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere, students learn and practice in a graphic design lab equipped with commercial printers, Macs, and PCs. Students also have access to the Digital Arts Lab, which is equipped with PCs, DSLR cameras, Wacom tablets, and studio lighting equipment.
Students may take courses toward an Occupational Skills Award (OSA), Level I Certificate, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in graphic design, which include courses in digital imaging and publishing, computer illustration, and web design. Students often earn an OSA in their first semester and can begin freelancing as a graphic designer while finishing their degree.
Industry Partners 2018-19:
The program coordinator works closely with an advisory committee of experienced industry professionals who offer expert advice to keep curriculum on the cutting edge. Additionally, these industry partners support the program with internship opportunities, portfolio reviews, and guest lecturing.
Alpha Graphics - https://www.alphagraphics.com/
Drift Creative - https://driftingcreatives.com/
Arts Council of Brazos Valley - https://www.acbv.org
Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra - https://www.bvso.org
SignPro - http://signprocs.com/