Graphic Design: Associate of Arts

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Provides a broad knowledge base for applying Graphic Design skills. Offers courses in other areas to provide a frame of reference for creating work relevant to society today. A certificate of achievement is awarded during the course of study. Choose a certificate track from the list below. Credit hours to completion vary depending on the Graphic Design certificate achieved and are as follows: Animation: 61 hours, Illustration: 60 hours, Multimedia Design: 63 hours, Print Design: 60 hours, Web Design: 61 hours.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Create visual communications of an intended message, from conceptual development to final artifact using a range of media, both traditional and digital, for final output both printed and digital
  • Incorporate historic and contemporary design influences, both period and designers, in the creation of print and digital artifacts
  • Implement appropriate typographic treatments for print and digital communications. This includes legibility as well as emotive communications
  • Sketch preliminary concepts for traditional and digital outcomes as well as conceptual ideation
  • Illustrate fundamentals of 2D design through the development of both traditional and digital applications
  • Apply color theory to image correction and creation of digital and traditional artifacts
  • Utilize current graphic design terminology
  • Construct both 2D and 3D, vector and raster files for use in print, motion and digital outcomes
  • Develop digital work environments and appropriated file formats for saving work as well as for distribution of final output
  • Develop a portfolio of projects for use in seeking an entry-level position or transfer to a four-year degree program

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Elective Courses

21 hours to fulfill Degree Specific and General Education requirements. See above.
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
61.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Fine and Applied Arts


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Victoria Shepherd • (313) 845-6487 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-149

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Wayne State University
  • Eastern Michigan University