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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For more information:
Town at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 816-604-4757
How to enter the Graphic Design program:
General college admissions requirements.
|Testing Dates/Times/Location (@PV)
|to enroll for SPRING
|Enrollment begins first week in April and first week in November
The skills test must be completed/passed before the semester you plan to enroll in GDES160 (offered only in the Spring).
Students can take the skills test once per semester.
Email Darlene.Town@mcckc.edu to register for a test date.
- Anyone can take the recommended First Semester courses (especially GDES110-Computers in Design I) before following the next steps:
- 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.]
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. A student must then contact Darlene Town, or Vicki Raine, to be enrolled in GDES160.
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.
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
use Layers to organize content
- Illustrator: create colors/Swatches and apply Stroke
and Fill colors
- Illustrator: using the Pen tool, Ellipse tool
- Illustrator: saving as a
- InDesign: creating the document the correct page size, margins, and bleed area according to instructions
- InDesign: setting vertical and horizontal guides
using the Type tool and Character and Paragraph panels—setting font, size, color, leading, kerning, horizontal scale
placing images and adjusting their sizes and position
- InDesign: placing text from an external file
- InDesign: creating adjusting objects/frames - sizes, location,
- 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
WHAT DO GRAPHIC
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
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.
LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ASSOCIATE in APPLIED SCIENCE
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.
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]
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
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]
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.
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.