Graphic Design Technology


Graphic Design Technology is a two-year AAS Degree program that is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment and advancement in the field of graphic design. Students in this program have the option to concentrate on Print and Media Design or Virtual and Augmented Reality XR Design. 

Students receive instruction in the design and execution of illustrations, typography, layouts, color theory, industry specific production, rendering, digital imaging, logo design, and creative principles necessary for publication design, mass distribution, and other forms of visual communications. The XR concentration includes 3D modeling, game design, augmented reality, and virtual reality technologies.

To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each CAT and ENG course to progress in the program.

Minimum admission requirements, in addition to general admission requirements, must include one of the following:

  • Attain a 15 composite score on the ACT

  • Score a 230 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Reading Section and the ACCUPLACER NG Writing Section

  • Earn a “C” or above in Intermediate English and Reading (ENG 0124)

  • Complete 15 semester hours of program general education coursework with a “C” average or above from an accredited college or university. Developmental coursework does not satisfy this requirement.


Secure the recommendation of the program coordinator; and attend a program orientation session after all other program requirements are met.

Students entering the program for the first time must contact the program coordinator prior to enrolling in any Graphic Design courses.

Students enrolled in the Graphic Design Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

Course Number Course Hours
ART 1313
OR CAT 1153
Drawing I
OR Drawing for Designers I
ART 1433
OR Approved GDT Course Elective
Design I 3/4
CAT 1113 Graphic Design & Production I 3
CAT 1213 Fundamentals of Graphic Computers 3
MMT 1323 Advertising
  Semester Hours 15/16
Course Number Course Description Hours
CAT 1123 Graphic Design & Production II 3
CAT 1143 Typography 3
  Approved GDT Course Elective 3/4
  Approved GDT Course Elective 3/4
  Behavioral /Social Science Elective 3
  Semester Hours 15/17
Course Number Course Description Hours
  Approved GDT Course Elective 3/4
  Approved GDT Course Elective 3/4
CAT 2333 Practical Advertising Design 3
  Math/Science Elective 3/4
CAT 2313 Basic Advertising Design 3
  Semester Hours 15/18
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
CAT 2323 Advanced Advertising Design 3
CAT 2133 Graphic Design Studio 3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Semester Hours 15
  Total Semester Hours 60/66
XR Concentration Electives
  • IMT 1513 - Introduction to 3D Modeling
  • CAT 2824 - Extended XR) 3D Modeling
  • CAT 2834 - Extended XR) Development
Print and Digital Concentration Electives
  • ART 1443 - Design II
  • ART 1323 - Drawing II
  • CAT 2923 - Supervised Work Experience
  • CAT 1163 - Drawing for Designers II
  • CAT 2913 - Special Project in GDT


For more information:
Daniel Ethridge, Coordinator

For more information:
Deborah Nettles, Advisor