This major will provide graduates with foundational knowledge in graphic design for screen-based and print media. It will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving skills needed to apply the elements and principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “The new two-year graphic and media design program is laddered with our college’s newly established Bachelor of Science (BS) in graphic and media design because the course structure of the AS parallels the first two years of the BS curriculum. We are pleased to expand our academic offerings to now include this program, and I thank all of the faculty who worked to make this major possible.”
Since foundational courses in the AS in graphic and media design also serve as course work required in Alfred State’s AAS and BS programs in digital media and animation, AS graphic and media design graduates will have the option of selecting either career path for the third and fourth year of baccalaureate study, with minimal academic impact.
According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the arts and design occupations is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in more than 17,000 new jobs. Nearly half of this growth is expected to occur among graphic designers.
Graduates of the graphic and media design (AS) program will be able to enter into a variety of skill-specific job fields. These include graphic design, motion graphics, interactive design, Web design, illustration, and/or other areas of creative problem-solving.
Deb Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Given that graphic and media design is a growing field, Alfred State is excited for the possibilities this new program gives to graduates, whether they choose to enter the workforce or continue their education at the baccalaureate level in either graphic and media design or digital media and animation.”