Course Outlines

Graphic Design Career and Portfolio — GRDT 2721

  1. Course Description
    • Credits: 3.00
    • Lecture Hours/Week: 2.00
    • Lab Hours/Week: 1.00
    • OJT Hours/Week: 0
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Corequisites: None
    • MnTC Goals: None
    This capstone experience concentrates on preparing students to enter the graphic design job market. Coursework includes career research and development of a professional portfolio, web representation, cover letter, resume and self-promotional materials. Students conduct informational interviews and develop networking skills. These skills will enable the students to better market, manage and promote themselves for positions in-house for a company or starting their own freelance business. Students will use skills learned in software and design coursework to refine or create new projects to include in a portfolio. Students should expect a substantial level of out-of-class time preparation. Prerequisites: Must be taken in final semester with the majority of degree coursework complete.
  2. Course Effective Dates: 1/12/15 – Present
  3. Outline of Major Content Areas
      As noted on course syllabus
  4. Learning Outcomes
    1. complete supplemental page layouts and illustrations
    2. conduct employer search
    3. conduct informational interview
    4. create professional portfolio presentation
    5. design and produce self-promotion materials
    6. design personal identity system
    7. design portfolio layout
    8. develop career plan
    9. develop career resume
    10. develop new and existing design pieces to meet guidelines
    11. develop web based portal for resume and work samples
    12. evaluate graphic design files for use in personal portfolio
    13. incorporate page layout, vector and raster images into portfolio
    14. investigate and select an appropriate portfolio display case
    15. investigate career fields
    16. organize and archive files for use in personal portfolio
    17. participate in portfolio show
    18. prepare portfolio images for digital output
    19. print files for inclusion in your portfolio
    20. research web galleries and portfolios
  5. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area(s) and Competencies
  6. Learner Outcomes Assessment
      As noted on course syllabus
  7. Special Information
      None noted