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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Graphic Design Technology AS

Graphic Design Technology  (AS 2011)

Addendum October 2019 (action based on curriculum minutes dated April 25, 2019)

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program is designed to prepare the student to enter the graphic design field, especially as it relates to the printing industry.

Each student will develop a portfolio, crucial for employment, while enrolled in the program. Course content includes design fundamentals, Macintosh computer applications, typography, photography and color design.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements

Program/Interview Counseling: Students are required to seek advisement from the graphic design department chair to ensure that they enroll in the necessary courses to graduate on schedule.


Completion Requirements
A grade of C or higher is required to advance in the program. All Macintosh computer courses must to be taken within five years of graduation or must be repeated. For exceptions, see department chair. Students should be prepared to take day, evening and summer courses to complete their degree requirements.

Program Length
The program can be finished in two years of full-time enrollment or three years part time.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Victoria Martin,, (561) 868-3924

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Credits: 15
ARH1000 Art Appreciation * 3
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
  Any course from Mathematics - Area III 3
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  Any course from Social Science - Area V 3
Required Courses Credits: 36
ART1201C Design Fundamentals (a) (b) * 3
ART1205C Color Design (a) (b) * 3
ART1300C Drawing 1 (a) (b) * 3
GRA2171C Portfolio Composition * 3
GRA1190C Graphic Design 1 * 3
GRA1530C Typography 3
GRA2100C Introduction to Macintosh Graphics 3
GRA2121C Publication Design 1 3
GRA2151C Illustrator 1 3
GRA2191C Graphic Design 2 * 3
GRA2156C Photoshop 1 3
PGY1401C Introduction to Photography (a) * 3
Electives - Choose 13 credits Credits: 13
ART1301C Drawing 2 3
COP2822 Web Page Design (b) 3
GRA2122C Publication Design 2 3
GRA2131C Multimedia Graphics (a) (b) 3
GRA2152C Illustrator 2 3
GRA2160C Multimedia Animation (a) (b) 3
GRA2722C Dreamweaver (b) 3
GRA2144C Graphic Web Design (b) 3
GRA2157C Photoshop 2 3
GRA2940 Graphic Design Internship 3
GRA2132C Multimedia Design (a) 3
GRA2136C Multimedia Video Editing (a) 3
PGY2801C Digital Photography 1 3
Total Program Credits: 64
(a) Students completing these courses can apply for and receive the Multimedia Arts College Credit Certificate. Those certificate students going onto the AS degree would reduce their elective courses to 1 credit.
(b) Students completing these courses can apply for and receive the Web Design College Credit Certificate. Those certificate students going on to complete the AS degree may substitute GRA 2131 for the required course GRA 2100C and will reduce their elective courses to 1 credit.
* These courses articulate with the B.F.A. Graphic Design Program at Florida Atlantic University.

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Employment Opportunities
Students who complete this program may find work as graphic designers, artists, web page designers, illustrators, preflight administrator service providers, art directors, freelance designers or junior designers.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the web at

In addition, the Graphic Design program is approved for transfer to Florida Atlantic University's B.F.A. Graphic Design program. Courses with an asterisk indicate transferability to FAU. For information on transfer agreements, visit

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