Graphic Design

at Suffolk County Community College

The Graphic Design program is to provide students with a foundation in design process and problem solving based on both traditional and contemporary practices. Graphic design involves the use of specialized software combined with creativity to create strong visual communications using type and images. In this program, students will learn the artistic design and technical skills needed across print and digital media of graphic design. Coursework often includes creating logos, developing collateral for various types of clients, and designing layouts for print and web productions.

This Associate of Science program is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in a visual communication design field who will transfer to a baccalaureate program.

The four-semester sequence starts every fall and must be taken in order. Students effectively gain an understanding of the industry through this progressive manner of the coursework. The core (GRD) courses are offered on the Eastern Campus only.

The program maintains three computer classrooms — two computer classrooms are MacOS and one computer classroom is dual-boot with Windows and MacOS. Software is yearly upgraded in a firm commitment to train our students with the industry-standard in pre-press and web design.

Acceptance into the graphic design curriculum is for FALL admission only. However, students may consult with the department for possible spring courses, but will be on a track consisting of five or more semesters due to core course prerequisites.

Students matriculated in the Graphic Design curriculum must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each Graphic Design/Visual/Computer Arts core course in order to continue on to the next course in the Graphic Design sequence and to qualify for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Graphic Design / A.S. Degree program, graduates will be able to: (1) Demonstrate the ability to use design strategies during the process of creating, analyzing and evaluating appropriate graphic design solutions in relation to specific end uses and consumer needs. (2) Identify and solve meaningful visual communication problems using design theory, perception, visual organization and aesthetics. (3) Acquire and demonstrate competency in technical skills applicable to graphic design.

After reviewing the curriculum and coursework, please feel free to contact F. Lourenso at 631-548-2591 or email: for information on the Graphic Design curriculum. 

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SCCC Graphic Design Required Courses

Introduces principles and elements of graphic design with learning to research, create thumbnails, refine sketches, and work up visual solutions to production projects. Students focus on the details of page composition and the relationship of space to clarity, legibility and aesthetics. The course must be taken at the same time as GRD102. (offered fall semester only) (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio) Corequisites: GRD102. Minimum grade of C required to advance to GRD103. Offered on: E / 3 cr. hrs.

Introduces technical execution of concepts in digital page production and vector graphics, including raster image and device resolution, translating physical to digital media, file types, and file management. Emphasis will be on using software to solve problems that relate to GRD101 projects. The course must be taken at the same time as GRD101. (offered fall semester only) (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs.) Corequisites: GRD101. Minimum grade of C required to advance to GRD103. Offered on: E / 3 cr. hrs.

Examines typographic design and use of basic letter forms, contrast, hierarchy of information, type styles, families and characteristics, color theory, and grids. Production techniques examined using vector and page layout software. (offered spring semester only) (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio) Prerequisites: GRD101 and GRD102 with a grade of C or higher; minimum grade of C or better to advance to GRD211. Offered on: E / 3 cr. hrs.

Emphasis on creative theme development of strong concepts to communicate persuasively, effectively integrating color, type and image in multi-faceted projects. (offered fall semester only) (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio) Prerequisites: ART130 and GRD103 with a grade of C or higher. Minimum grade of C or better to advance to GRD203 and GRD212. Offered on: E / 3 cr. hrs.

Emphasizes visual problem-solving and processing from research to pre-press to final production of print and digital publications. (offered spring semester only) (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio) Prerequisites: GRD211 with a grade of C or higher. Offered on: E / 3 cr. hrs.

Introduces design concepts for effective web design projects based on graphic design principles, brand identity, interactivity and usability. Emphasis is on the application of artistic concepts and formal design attributes of web design. (offered spring semester only) (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio) Prerequisites: GRD211 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: GRD212. Offered on: E / 3 cr. hrs.

Survey of history and technology used to make visual communication from prehistoric times to the present. Lectures, presentations, written research and studio projects introduce students to important creative designers and innovations that have shaped visual communication. Prerequisite: ENG101. E / 3 cr. hrs.

An overview of hardware components used to produce images including film and flatbed scanners, computers, monitors, printers, recording media and storage devices. An introduction of the basic tools used for image manipulation in Adobe PhotoShop including filters, layers, image modification, selections, composites, and text are stressed. The importance of image quality is addressed and their relationship to file size management, proofing and printing. (2 hr. lecture, 3 hrs. lab) No prerequisite. E / 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the principles of color and an exploration of color theory as it relates to traditional and digital design and media. The course investigates hue, saturation, value, and examines how color relates to surroundings. Color temperature and psychology will be explored. (1 hr. lecture, 3 hrs. lab each week)Prerequisite: ART130. E / 3 cr. hrs.

Foundation course in two-dimensional design. Exploration of historical and contemporary concepts of space and pictorial composition. Studio problems employing elements of line, texture, shape, form and color. A basic course for painting, graphics, photography and commercial art. (1 hr. lecture, 4 studio hrs.) No prerequisite. A-E-G / 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to fundamentals of drawing. Drawing of objects to develop student’s understanding of proportion, value, perspective, form and shape. Develops accurate observation, understanding and memory of key forms, properties of illumination, and effective use of drawing materials. (1 hr. lecture, 4 studio hrs.) No prerequisite. A-E-G / 3 cr. hrs.

Graphic Design Curriculum at SCCC (A.S. DEGREE)

  • FIRST SEMESTER: 16 credits
  • ART116: Adobe Photoshop
  • ART130: 2D Design
  • ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition
  • GRD101: Graphic Design I
  • GRD102: Graphic Design Technology
  • GRD105: Digital Design Freshman Seminar
  • SECOND SEMESTER: 16 credits
  • ART120: Color Theory
  • GRD103: Typographic I
  • GRD207: History of Graphic Design
  • Mathematics Elective
  • PSY101: Introduction to Psychology
  • THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits
  • ART111: Art History I
  • ART133: Drawing I
  • ENG102: Introduction to Literature
  • GRD2011: Graphic Design II
  • Laboratory Science Elective
  • FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 credits
  • ART112: Art History II
  • GRD203: Web Design I
  • GRD212: Publication Design
  • History Elective
  • Other World Civilizations Social Sciences Elective
  • Physical Education

SCCC Graphic Design Faculty

Laurey Buckley, Associate Professor
A.A.S., B.F.A., Fashion Institute of Techology; M.A., Syracuse University

Faye Lourenso, Professor
A.A., Waldorf College; B.S., Minnesota State University at Mankato; M.A.L.S., State University of New York at Stony Brook; M.A., M.S., Long Island University: C.W. Post Campus

Richard Mack, Assistant Professor
B.A., St. Edward's University; M.F.A., University of Miami

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