Metropolitan Community College - 
Blue River, Business & Technology, Longview, Maple Woods, Penn 
Valley

 

 

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3201 Southwest Trafficway, 
Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2764

Art Dept


A.A.S. - GRAPHIC DESIGN

The Penn Valley Art Department offers a two-year degree in Graphic Design. The Graphic Design program prepares students for career tracts or continuing education in four-year institutions with state-of-the-art technology and industry-level tools. With three Macintosh computer labs MCC-Penn Valley is able to serve a broad community of students wanting to pursue a career in commercial art. Students explore a wide range of career options and could obtain employment positions including desktop publisher, graphic designer, web designer, production artist, and art director. The program gives students skills and experience in typography, layout, image preparation, illustration/graphic creation, Web design, and print production.

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Graphic Design A.A.S. degree program
For more information: E-mail Darlene Town at darlene.town@mcckc.edu
or call 816-604-4757


How to enter the Graphic Design program:

  1. Testing Dates/Times/Location (@PV)
    to enroll for SPRING TESTING DATES LOC
    @PV
    WED 07/23/14 5:45-7:45p CA211
         

    The skills test must be completed/passed before the semester you plan to enroll in GDES160.

    Students can take the skills test once per semester.

         
    General college admissions requirements.
  2. Anyone can take the recommended First Semester courses (especially GDES110-Computers in Design I) before following the next steps:
  3. To qualify to enter the Graphic Design program and to be able to enroll in *GDES160–Graphic Design I (or any subsequent GDES class), students must successfully complete GDES110–Computers in Design I (with a C or higher) and meeting 70% or above in the Technical Skills Assessment. The competency testing will include use of the industry software tools (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign) as covered in Computers in Design I. Testing sessions will begin just before open enrollment and will continue with a few dates before the new semester starts.
    [These dates will be posted on our website and in the Penn Valley hallways.]

Students who have already enrolled in and completed GDES160-Graphic Design I (or when it was ART 160) do not have to take the Technical Skills Assessment.

When students register for one of the testing dates and passes the skills assessment, they will be notified by MCC email and their name will be forwarded to the Advising Office and the Humanities Division. Also, they will be enrolled as soon as enrollment begins or immediately after it has been determined they have passed the skills test.

Students can take the skills assessment ONCE per semester. If a student requires ADA accommodations, they must present a form from the ACCESS office that outlines the needed accommodations at least 2 days prior to their testing date. If accommodations cannot be made within reason or in time, another testing date will have to be chosen.

 

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What to know for the skills test:

  • Creating a folder with correct directory structure within it (files and folders inside it in proper location)
  • Naming files and folders correctly/according to instruction
  • Photoshop: Changing image color modes from RGB to CMYK
  • Photoshop: Changing image file format and name to EPS
  • Illustrator: creating a new document in CMYK color mode
  • Illustrator: use template file (deleting it later) to draw graphic symbols
  • Illustrator: use Layers to organize content
  • Illustrator: create colors/Swatches and apply Stroke and Fill colors
  • Illustrator: using the Pen tool, Oval tool
  • Illustrator: saving as an PDF format
  • InDesign: creating the document the correct page size, margins, and bleed area according to instructions
  • InDesign: setting vertical and horizontal guides
  • InDesign: using the Type tool and Character and Paragraph panels—setting font, size, color, leading, kerning, horizontal scale
  • InDesign: placing images and adjusting their sizes and position
  • InDesign: placing text
  • InDesign: creating adjusting objects/frames - sizes, location, opacity
  • InDesign: applying Fill and Stroke colors
  • InDesign: using the Control panel—positioning/sizing objects, paragraph spacing
  • InDesign: typing text according to instructions, without typos
  • InDesign: using the Text Wrap panel—what gets wrapped and offset
  • InDesign: using Pen tool to modify the shape of a frame
  • InDesign: using Text Frame Options panel
  • InDesign: save as Package
  • Proofread your typing for errors
  • Work under deadline with controlled content and layout instructions


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GD Internship infoWHAT DO GRAPHIC DESIGNERS DO?
Graphic designers create newspaper and magazine layouts and advertising, newpaper inserts, catalogs, brochures, direct mail pieces, logotypes, fonts, billboards, posters, CD covers, product packaging, annual reports, television graphics, Internet web pages, and much more. Most of the work is computer generated but also includes traditional art techniques.

WHERE CAN I WORK?

You'll find graphic designers working at newspapers, advertising agencies, design firms, printers, marketing firms, in-house corporate and organizational agencies, television stations, and freelance.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ASSOCIATE in APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE?

As a full-time sudent, you can earn an associate in applied science degree in graphic design in just two years. The program is also open to part-time students, so you can work around your job schedule.

You may want to take a course or two in digital prepress while you're att MCC-Penn Valley. Understanding how your work will print can make you a better designer and improve your job prospects.

WILL MY CREDITS TRANSFER TO ANOTHER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?

Yes, all general education credits will transfer to most colleges, and many art course will transfer to a four-year degree. Check with your advisor or counselor before starting the program to make sure your transfer will be as smooth as possible. [Check here for MCC's transfer agreements]

HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I MAKE AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER?

A graphic designer can make an annual salary of $26,000 for an entry-level position and up to $70,000 annually as an Art Director/Creative Director.

WHAT'S THE JOB OUTLOOK FOR SOMEONE IN THIS FIELD?
Kansas City employs about 25% of the graphic designers in Missouri. Talented designers are always in demand. The continuing growth of the Internet will provide many job opportunities for designers of web pages and multimedia. [Check here for more information on Job Outlook]

WHAT KIND OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WILL I FIND AT MCC-PENN VALLEY?
Classes are held in the new Carter Art Center using the latest technologies in hardware (Apple Macintosh) and software. You'll experience a hands-on and interactive learning environment that is both supportive and challenging. We keep classes small so you can receive personal instruction.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF TAKING CLASSES AT MCC-PENN VALLEY?
You'll enjoy the convenience of flexible class times and nearby location. You'll get dedicated instructors with industry expertise and excellent student services—all at an affordable cost.

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