Add a new and improved graphic design class this fall

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The Graphic Design Program at Kellogg Community College is starting the 2014-15 academic year with a new and improved updated curriculum that culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree. See our Graphic Design Program Curriculum for a full list of required GRDE classes and a recommended course sequence.

Penny Rose, graphic design faculty member and coordinator of the GRDE Program, said they’ve updated the program to meet industry standards for what employers are looking to see in new employees:

“This includes adding a typography course; exploring the topics of Web and mobile design more in the Design for New Media course; and making more art connections through animation/video courses and a photography course.

“We have also changed the titles and descriptions of a few courses to match the flexibility of content covered in those courses. For example, our Photoshop course is now called Digital Imaging because in that class we tend to use more than just the Photoshop software for photo editing. Similarly, our Dreamweaver course is now called Design for the Web.

“The goal of the changes is to give the program a more creative focus, making it more about using design principles to come up with unique and artistic solutions to visual communication problems. We’re starting with a pencil and paper, getting those creative juices going, and then outputting with cutting-edge technology in the graphic design lab.”

 Below are several graphic design course sections that still have seats available for the fall semester. Register soon, as they’re filling up fast!

Course Time Dates Notes
GRDE 135-01: Digital Illustration and Layout  8 to 10:05 a.m. M/W 9/3/14 to 12/15/14 This course uses Adobe InDesign and Illustrator software.
GRDE 135-02: Digital Illustration and Layout  5:45 to 9:50 p.m. M 9/8/14 to 12/15/14 This course uses Adobe InDesign and Illustrator software.
GRDE 145-01: Digital Imaging 8 to 10:05 a.m. T/Th 9/4/14 to 12/11/14 This course uses Adobe Photoshop software.
GRDE 145-02: Digital Imaging 12:10 to 2:15 p.m. T/Th 9/4/14 to 12/11/14 This course uses Adobe Photoshop software.
GRDE 145-03: Digital Imaging 5:30 to 9:35 p.m. Th 8/28/14 to 12/11/14  This course uses Adobe Photoshop software.
GRDE 204-2: Typography and Typesetting 2:30 to 4:35 p.m. T/Th 8/28/14 to 12/11/14
GRDE 206-01: Graphic Design 1 10:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. M/W 9/3/14 to 12/15/14
GRDE 210-01: Design for the Web 5:55 to 10 p.m. T 9/2/14 to 12/9/14
GRDE 261-01: Graphic Design Practicum 1 to 4 p.m. M/W 9/3/14 to 12/15/14

Visit KCC’s Graphic Design page to learn more about studying graphic design at KCC. For more information about registration, visit