Graphic design has never been more relevant than it is now. If you want to become a creative professional guiding the graphic design industry, Parsons’ AAS program offers you a community in which to develop the conceptual foundation and skills you need. Leading the AAS Graphic Design program are accomplished designers whose professional experience and networks help you enter and thrive in this growing industry.
Faculty help you submit work for professional competitions that open doors in the industry. Recently the Type Directors Club (tdc) recognized AAS work in the Typography 33 competition, awarding certificates for typographical excellence to a dozen AAS students. AAS student designers deepen their professional abilities, learn collaborative processes, and add published work to their portfolios by working with external partners and in cross school collaborations. In a recent juried competition, five AAS students had their greeting card designs produced for the nonprofit AID FOR AIDS International. Students also produced end-of-year greeting cards for Marc Jacobs Inc.
The field of graphic design is broad and deep, so your education is, too. You learn to design for print and the Internet, exploring typography, page layout, publication design, Web design, and printmaking. Assignments mirror real-world graphic design challenges and become part of your professional portfolio. Visiting lecturers like graphic design blogger Tina Roth-Eisenberg (swissmiss.com) and cognitive psychologist Alan Gilchrist bring fresh perspectives into the classroom. Internships, which can lead to employment after graduation, let you apply your learning and engage with industry professionals as you prepare to join the creative workforce anywhere in the world.
Rigorous and intensive, the AAS curriculum presents the historical foundations of graphic design, instructs you in conceptual approaches and analytical methods of solving design challenges, and provides training in industry software and other digital and nondigital tools. You can complete your studies in two to four semesters, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to the program. Most students finish the program in about three semesters.
The Graphic Design curriculum can be completed on campus or through a combination of on-campus and online study. However you choose to study, you’ll emerge prepared for a career in the international graphic design community.
The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded for completion of 65 credits of coursework. A maximum of 31 credits of undergraduate coursework may be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
Students who receive the maximum number of transfer credits (31) are eligible to enroll in the fast-track option, outlined below.
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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is most suitable for students with some college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. The typical student has a bachelor's or an advanced degree and work experience in a field other than design. Admission to the program is based on the prospective student’s maturity, desire to pursue further education, previous accomplishments, and potential for growth. Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years prior to be eligible to apply.
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Julia Gorton, Program Director
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