Graphic Design (GRD)

Graphic Design (GRD)

Students in the Graphic Design program begin their studies with emphasis on two-dimensional art and design, both traditional and computer-based, using industry-standard software products.

After successful completion of a required portfolio review process, students focus on advanced skills such as brand design and implementation, and motion design.

Currently many courses required for the degree are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some of the required courses also are offered in the evening or on weekends.

For students seeking the Graphic Design degree, owning a laptop computer and a subscription to cloud-based software used in classes is strongly recommended. The Graphic Design program chair can provide details and program-specific requirements.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Job titles for graduates include graphic designer, motion designer, production artist, or web graphics/interface designer.

For more information, please contact the Center for Innovative Technologies at (513) 569-1743.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit our Admissions Page

Graphic Design (GRD)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
MID 120Drawing Fundamentals for Multimedia Information Design ( B) 233
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
ART 125Design Principles ( B) 233
MID 110Digital Media Concepts ( B) 223
Semester 2  
GRD 110Beginning 2D Graphics ( B) 233
MAT 120Technical Mathematics ( G) 223
WEB 111Web Development 1 ( B) 233
ART 120Design History ( G) 303
Semester 3  
GRD 150Design Concepts: Typography ( T) 233
GRD 200Graphic Design Portfolio Review ( T) 101
GRD 215Applied 2D Graphics: GRD ( T) 233
MID 190Career Preparation: Multimedia Information Design ( B) 202
MKT 115Marketing Research for Multimedia Professionals ( T) 303
Semester 4  
GRD 230Brand Identity Development ( T) 233
XXX XXX Interactive Media Elective (T)  233
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
XXX XXX Animation Elective (T)  233
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
Semester 5  
GIT 255Graphic Imaging Production Processes ( T) 233
GRD 240Packaging Design ( T) 233
GRD 290Graphic Design Capstone ( T) 233
Semester 6  
GRD 294Internship 1: Graphic Design ( T) 1402
Total Credits:  488063

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Interactive Media Elective
GRD 250User Interface Design and Implementation 3
WEB 112Web Development 23
Animation Elective
AVP 240Motion Graphics/ Compositing: After- Effects3
GRD 2603D Visualization5
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Any CRJ, ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum. 

G = General Education course in this curriculum

B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum

T = Technical course in this curriculum

GRD Courses

GRD 110 Beginning 2D Graphics
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

An introduction to concepts and techniques for digital design. Topics include: vector-based and raster-based graphics, emphasizing color and composition.
Prerequisites: MID 110 and ART 125 (minimum grade C for both)
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GRD 150 Design Concepts: Typography
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on the use of typography as a design element in short-form and long-form applications. Topics include: typography as image, and anatomy of type.
Prerequisites: GRD 110 , ENG 101 or ENG REQC (minimum grade C for both)
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GRD 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Graphic Design
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: None
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GRD 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Graphic Design
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 191
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GRD 193 Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Graphic Design
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their third part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 192
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GRD 194 Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Graphic Design
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their fourth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 193
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GRD 195 Part-Time Cooperative Education 5: Graphic Design
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their fifth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 194
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GRD 196 Part-Time Cooperative Education 6: Graphic Design
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their sixth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 195
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GRD 198 First Year Special Topics in Graphic Design
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Graphic Design, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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GRD 199 First Year Independent Project in Graphic Design
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Graphic Design that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Graphic Design faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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GRD 200 Graphic Design Portfolio Review
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

An assessment of skills required to enter upper-level courses in the Graphic Design program, including a technical skills exam and presenting a portfolio to a panel of evaluators. Students receive grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory, and must pass the course to be eligible for cooperative education assignments. Those who do not pass may make one additional attempt.
Prerequisites: Graphic Design Program Chair consent
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Instructor Consent Required

GRD 210 Applied 2D Graphics: Audio/Video Production
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of GRD 110 , focusing on creating 2D graphics for use in on-screen video applications.
Prerequisites: GRD 110 (minimum grade C)
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GRD 215 Applied 2D Graphics: GRD
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of GRD 110 , focusing on creating 2D graphics for print and graphic design applications.
Prerequisites: GRD 110 (minimum grade C)
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GRD 220 Applied 2D Graphics: Web Design
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of GRD 110 , focusing on creating 2D graphics for Web and multimedia applications.
Prerequisites: GRD 110 , WEB 111 (minimum grade C for both)
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GRD 230 Brand Identity Development
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on the development of strong brand identity concepts and materials for products and organizations. Topics include: analyzing existing brands, creating new brand identities, and developing brand standards manuals.
Prerequisites: GRD 200
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GRD 240 Packaging Design
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on 2D design for product packaging. Topics include: analyzing audiences, creating basic die lines, and ensuring design continuity from surface to surface.
Prerequisites: GRD 200 , GRD 215
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GRD 250 User Interface Design and Implementation
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on designing and implementing the interface for web and mobile products, using Adobe Muse and WordPress software.
Prerequisites: GRD 110 and WEB 111
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GRD 260 3D Visualization
5 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

An introduction to 3D concepts and skills using Maya software. Topics include: polygon, NURBS, and subdivision surface modeling; texturing; animation; lighting; rendering; interaction of soft and rigid body solvers; dynamics; and manipulation of 3D attributes using nodes and connections.
Prerequisites: GRD 200
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GRD 285 Graphic Design Independent Final Project
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Qualified students work individually or with an approved team from concept to completion on a graphic design project, and present the results to reviewers. Topic and outline must be presented to a jury of instructors, and approved prior to course registration. Students who do not successfully complete the course may make one additional attempt.
Prerequisites: Graphic Design Program Chair consent, and minimum 3.0 GPA
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Instructor Consent Required

GRD 290 Graphic Design Capstone
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Qualified students work in structured teams to develop graphic design deliverables for an external client, and present the results to reviewers. Activities include audience, client, and market analysis; and all phases of production of materials. Students who do not successfully complete the course may make one additional attempt.
Prerequisites: Graphic Design Program Chair consent, and minimum 2.5 GPA
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Instructor Consent Required

GRD 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Graphic Design
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: None
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GRD 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Graphic Design
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 291
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GRD 293 Full-Time Cooperative Education 3: Graphic Design
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their third full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 292
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GRD 294 Internship 1: Graphic Design
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: MID 190 , GRD 200
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GRD 295 Internship 2: Graphic Design
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: GRD 294
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GRD 298 Second Year Special Topics in Graphic Design
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Graphic Design, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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GRD 299 Second Year Independent Project in Graphic Design
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Graphic Design that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Graphic Design faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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MID Courses

MID 110 Digital Media Concepts
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

An introduction to operating systems, software, hardware, and peripheral equipment used to create, revise, and produce content for multimedia products.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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MID 120 Drawing Fundamentals for Multimedia Information Design
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamental drawing techniques used in multimedia fields. Topics include: sketching, 3-D drawing, conceptual drawing, and architectural drawing.
Prerequisites: None
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MID 125 Storyboarding
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamentals of storyboarding for video, animation, multimedia, and web. Topics include: traditional drawing and digital illustration, image acquisition and composition, shot framing and description, and industry standards for labeling.
Prerequisites: None
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MID 190 Career Preparation: Multimedia Information Design
2 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on career planning for students seeking employment in multimedia fields. Topics include: self assessment, career research, resume development, interview skills and job hunting strategies, and cooperative education policies and procedures.
Prerequisites: MID 110 and ART 125 , or AVP 100 (minimum grade C for all)
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Faculty

Program Chair/Advisor

Professor Jason Caudill, MS
jason.caudill@cincinnaitstate.edu

Co-op Coordinator

Professor Andrea (Andi) Feld, BA
andrea.feld@cincinnatistate.edu