Advertising Design & Graphic Technology

Associate in Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5012 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 87120

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Program Description
Students who complete this program in graphic design earn an Associate in Science degree. The program is recommended for students planning to transfer to four‐year colleges or universities for further study in the various fields of graphic communications, such as advertising, graphic design, computer graphics, package design, web design, and related fields, as well as employment in the field.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the AS Advertising Design & Graphic Technology Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Identify and analyze a variety of real world design problems, develop a creative problem solving approach with an emphasis on tangible results;
  • Demonstrate a historical art and design perception and knowledge;
  • Utilize a design vocabulary and design literacy;
  • Develop and demonstrate a critical eye to evaluate and critique design;
  • Recognize the major influences that shaped design in the 20th century;
  • Demonstrate the relevancies of numerous categories of design;
  • Produce a portfolio that demonstrates relevant technical skills and competence with design disciplines and categories ready for employment in a professional design field and as a desirable candidate for transfer.

Employment Potential 
Graduates of the program who continue their education and earn a baccalaureate or higher‐level degree will be qualified for such positions as advertising directors, art directors, or graphic designers. With the growth of computer use, e‐commerce, and digital media, demand for employees skilled in computer graphics is high.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here

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Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
ART 103 Drawing and Composition I 3
ART 107 Art History I 3
ART 124 Introduction to Design Foundation 3
ART 150 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
ART 104 Drawing and Composition II 3
ART 108 Art History II 3
ART 151 Three-Dimensional Design I 3
ART 161 Graphic Design I 3
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
ART 173 Commercial Photography 3
ART 220 20th Century Design History 3
ART 262 Graphic Design II 3
MAT 101 or higher

Survey of Mathematics or

higher level math course

Elective * Social Science Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
ART 263 Graphic Design III 3

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

Elective*** Art Elective 3


General Elective

Elective ** Natural Science Elective 3-4
Semester Credits 15-16
Total Credits 61-63
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* Or by
Departmental approval
** Students planning to transfer to SUNY colleges should consul with their advisor about taking courses that fulfill a minimum of 7 of the 10 SUNY General Education Requirements.
*** Choose an Art elective from the following: ART 105, ART 106, ART 110, ART 138, ART 180, or ART 293.







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