Graphic Communications

Contact Us
Rebecca Slagle
Assistant Professor, Visual Communications and Multimedia Arts
Office: 4263
Lab: 4164
Email:rslagle@prairiestate.edu

Businesses of all kinds rely on graphic artists and designers to create visually appealing concepts for use in communications, advertising, marketing, package design, publications, and television and video production. The PSC Multimedia Arts Program prepares students by teaching cutting-edge technical skills backed by a solid foundation in art and design.

You’ll also find the latest in interactive design training that will translate into a career as a multimedia or Web site designer. PSC understands that just as buildings require architects and films require directors, new computer applications require interactive designers. Whether you’re seeking a salaried position with a private firm or looking for the independence of freelance work, PSC is the place to start.

Degrees and Certificates
View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.

Courses
A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.

Animation Certificate
This program prepares students for entry-level positions as web animators, 2D/3D animators, flash designers, and multimedia artists in industries such as motion pictures and video, advertising, and web and interactive design firms. The program incorporates audio/video technology, laws of motion and physics, drawing, and computer art while giving students the opportunity to build a comprehensive portfolio of work.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. The history of animation as well as the principles of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional animation
  2. The effective use of synchronizing sound, color, composition and continuity in animated sequences
  3. Completing and developing effective storyboards, keyframing and tweening techniques
  4. Story production and illustration concepts through development of sequential images and storyboards
  5. The application of lighting and camera techniques in computer animation 

Digital Design Certificate
This program provides a foundation in design and computer art and experience with specialized software and techniques required to work in the field of digital design. Students are prepared for entry-level or freelance work in electronic and print media.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. The basic concepts of visual communication, and hierarchical and Gestalt design principles
  2. The application of design principles to professional design projects
  3. The basics of copyright law and contract law
  4. Using text as a graphic design element and the development of print design projects
  5. Advanced techniques of computer graphics and electronic imaging

Web Designer Certificate
This program develops web design skills with an emphasis on graphic design and digital media, including animation.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. Creating a web site using web design software
  2. Applying effective design and mass communication principles to the development of web sites
  3. Creating and maintaining a web site using design software
  4. Applicable legal and ethical issues
  5. The components necessary to create and maintain a successful e-business

Multimedia Arts AAS
This visual communication program prepares students for entry-level positions in the multimedia industry. Students learn to create and deliver content via multiple media formats including print, illustration, text, digital imagery, audio, video, and interactive web sites.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

  1. Advanced techniques of computer graphics and electronic imaging
  2. Applying effective design and mass communication principles to the development of web sites
  3. The application of design principles to professional design projects
  4. The basics of copyright law and contract law
  5. Using text as a graphic design element and the development of print design projects
  6. The necessary concepts involved in developing soundtracks for use in video, film, games and multimedia applications
  7. The application of photography and video as part of the design process