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








Graphic Design

Art History

Web Design

Digital Prepress




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3201 Southwest Trafficway, 
Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2764

Art Dept


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
or call 816-604-4757


Recommended Semester Planner
for Graphic Design - effective 2012

see skills testing info Requirements for GDES160
To qualify to enter the Graphic Design program and to be able to enroll in *GDES160–Graphic Design I (or any subsequent GDES class that it is a prerequisite for), 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.]
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ART 103: Design Foundations
GDES 110: Computers in Design I
ART 110: Basic Drawing I
ART 115: Orientation to Graphic Communications *
ENGL 101: Composition and Reading I
COLL 100: First Year Seminar


GDES 150: Computers in Design II
(prereq: GDES 110)
ART 123: Color Theory
GDES 160: Graphic Design I * see skills testing info
ART 157: History of GD
HIST 110: U.S. History I or
-HIST 121: U.S. History II (recommended)

ART 247: Digital Imaging
(prereq: Art 105,138, or GDES110, or Art102) or
ART 139: Introduction to Photography I or
-ART 282: Advanced Color Correction
(prereq: ART115 and GDES110- or Art102)
GDES 210: Graphic Design II *
(prereq: GDES110- or Art102, and GDES160)
GDES 245: Web Design (GDES110, and GDES150 or concurrent)
ART 281: Intro. to Graphic Media - File Preparation *
(prereq: ART115 andGDES110- or Art102)
MATH 119: College Mathematics

GD Internship info FOURTH SEMESTE
GDES 255: Advanced Web Design
(prereq: GDES110- or Art102, and GDES245)
ART 250: Printmaking or
-ART 254: Silk Screen Printing I
GDES 250: Graphic Design III (GDES210)
GDES 264: Art Portfolio - Graphic Design *
(prereq: GDES210 and be in final semester)
SPDR 100: Fundamentals of Speech or
-SPDR 102: Fund. of Human Communication

ART _____: Elective ____________________


RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES (based on student intent)
Graphic Design
*GDES 290: GD Internship
*ART 282: Graphic Media -
   Advanced Color Correction
*ART 280: Spec.Studies (in GD)
ART 139: Photo I
ART 247: Digital Imaging
ART 242: Photo II
ART 105: Digital Foundations
*GDES 270: Illustration
ART 111: Drawing II
ART 112: Drawing III
ART 113: Drawing IV
ART 220: Painting I
ART 221: Painting II
ART 222: Painting III
ART 223: Painting IV
*ART 130: Fashion Illustr I
*ART 131: Fashion Illustr II

Graphic Media (Digital Prepress)
*ART 282: Graphic Media -Adv Color Correction
*ART 283: Adv Graphic Media
*ART 285: Variable Data Publishing


ART 111: Drawing II
ART 220: Painting I
ART 170: Ceramics

* Penn Valley Campus only / All other courses can be taken at our other MCC campuses.

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