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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design & Production Diploma

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Total Credits: 48

Major Number: 5941
CIP Code: 50.0409

Program Description

The Graphic Design & Production Program at Century College prepares students to use a creative design process to develop ideas into clear and purposeful communication that informs, markets and promotes. Using a hands-on approach, students develop the skills and confidence to take a variety of publications from concept to finished product. Projects include corporate identity, packaging, publishing, advertising, signage, and information graphics.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career upon completion. Although the Diploma is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education course typically will transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan. Articulation agreements exist with Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, and Minnesota State University - Moorhead..

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:
  • Use a creative design process to conceptualize and create client-based projects that solve real-world communication problems.
  • Apply the formal elements and principles of visual design, color theory, information hierarchy, and typography to successfully communicate narratives, concepts, emotions, and identities across a variety of media.
  • Effectively use contemporary tools and technologies in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages.
  • Appreciate art/design history and adapt and synthesize examples for use in contemporary contexts for creative and effective communication.
  • Create visual communication solutions that speak to diverse audiences and contexts.
  • Confidently participate in professional design practice including the ability to organize and design projects within a collaborative work environment.

Program Contact Information

John Kothera 651.779.5773 Room 2403 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of Minnesota State. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.
This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.773.1745 or emailing access.center@century.edu.

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