January 2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
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January 2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design (ASGRD/AASGRD)

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(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/ career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This associate’s degree in graphic design employs an integrated and coherent approach that prepares students with the necessary academic knowledge and technical competencies required for an entry-level position in graphic design. The curriculum is focused on designing and producing work for print, interactive web, and exhibitions.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify career opportunities in graphic design.
  2. Identify design production tools for interactive and graphic arts systems
  3. Articulate design and production process from research to delivery of final product to client.
  4. Select appropriate technologies and techniques to design socially appropriate solutions to interactive and graphic design problems
  5. Create a design portfolio appropriate for an entry-level position in interactive and graphic arts.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, graphic designer.

Program Content

A minimum of 67.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses

All courses, 36.00 semester credit hours, are required.


▲ In the bachelor’s programs, this course is taken after completing GA 245. In the associate’s programs, this course is taken in the final semester.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 5.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required. Most students choose to take GA 294 - Career Internship * to fulfill this requirement.

* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education  section of this catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Computer Applications ▲
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in English Composition
1.00 Semester Credit Hour in Information Literacy
4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra or Above)
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Natural Science or Humanities With a Critical Thinking Focus
(3.00 Hours Must Have a Critical Thinking Focus) ** ▲ ♦ •
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Speech

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 24.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

** A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, science, or logic.

▲ Students in the State of Georgia must take a science course to fulfill this requirement.

♦ The state of Minnesota requires a minimum of 20.00 semester credit hours of general education for associate’s degrees, not counting computer applications. However, all Herzing University students in the AASGRD program must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education, including computer applications, to complete the requirement for graduation from this associate’s degree program. Minnesota students must complete at least 2.00 semester credit hours of general education in the humanities.

• Students in this associate’s program must take HU 320 - Art History  to satisfy 3.00 semester credit hours of this requirement.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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