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Arts and Imaging Studies AOS

Kenneth F. Hoffmann, Chairperson
(585) 475-2890 (V/TTY), kenneth.hoffmann@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/NTID/ais

Program overview

People who work in the arts and imaging field are responsible for designing, organizing, and producing print and Web-based media for business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising markets. This is a large, exciting field that requires a variety of computer-based and traditional visual skills. The arts and imaging studies major provides opportunities for students to enter various careers ranging from creative to highly technical positions at various degree levels.

The arts and imaging studies major includes eight required core courses (24 semester credit hours) plus a required cooperative education experience. The core courses provide a solid foundation for continuing in advanced courses, a baccalaureate program, and employment. Several of the core courses are scheduled during the first year, and additional courses are completed during the second year.

In addition to the core courses taken in the first year, students immediately begin course work in their concentration. Students may choose a concentration in graphic design or graphic production. Both concentrations consist of six courses (18 credit hours).

All students entering the major will be given an aptitude assessment experience. As a result of this assessment profile, students will be counseled and placed into an initial concentration: graphic design for students with creative aptitude and interest; graphic production for students with technical/production aptitude and interest. The assessment is not final. Based on success and demonstrated capabilities, students may request or be counseled to change their concentration.

The curriculum includes six credits of program electives which will enable the students to develop additional skills and knowledge to better prepare them for employment and/or for continued education. 

All students gain real work experience through one term of required cooperative education employment. They also complete a required portfolio workshop course in which they refine and complete their portfolio as needed for an application to a baccalaureate program or for the search for employment.

STEM and the AIS program

Education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers is a major emphasis for students, parents, and counselors as they consider which college programs match students' interests and aptitudes. Funding for STEM career preparation is often a driving factor. The NTID arts and imaging studies major definitely is a STEM-career program. Graphic design is listed in the technology/ computer science STEM disciplines. Graphic design and production for print, the Web, and digital media cannot happen without the immersion of computer technology.

On-the-job responsibilities

Depending on the specific concentration and elective course selection, graduates use computer-based methods to produce drawings, layouts, illustrations, and digital photographic images; prepare documents for print, the web, and digital distribution; produce interactive digital media; perform digital retouching and restoration of photographic images; produce composite digital images; design and produce websites; produce computer animations; plan and produce short edited videos; and operate electrophotographic digital printing and inkjet systems, simple bindery, and finishing equipment.

Places of employment

Graduates usually find employment in a variety of commercial, corporate, government, and educational settings. Examples include computer graphics firms, advertising agencies, art studios, printing or manufacturing plants, prepress companies, in-house printing or marketing departments, book and magazine publishing houses, newspaper facilities, government agencies, industrial training or media departments, educational media centers, and educational institutions.

Graduates may qualify for positions such as production graphic artist, graphic designer, digital photo artist, digital photography technician, digital prepress technician, video technician, website designer, website technician, and digital printing systems operator.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of a sampling experience offered during the Summer Vestibule Program and also during the academic year is required. The sampling activities provide opportunities for students to learn about the arts and imaging field, identify career opportunities, and evaluate their interest and aptitude for a degree program.

ACT: minimum score = 15

English: Placement into Career English I (NENG-212) or above. Students successfully completing AOS degrees typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement into the Mathematics in Society (NMTH-140) course. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Arts and imaging studies, AOS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NAIS-120 Principles of Design and Color 3
NAIS-130 Raster and Vector Graphics 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   NGRD-111    Drawing I‡  
   NGRP-110    Digital Photography I§  
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NAIS-140 Graphic Design and Typography I 3
NAIS-150 Page Layout I 3
NAIS-160 Web Design I 3
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
NMTH-120 NTID LAS Foundation: Mathematics† 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NAIS-201 Employment Seminar 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   NGRD-240    Graphic Design and Typography II‡  
   NGRD-221    History of Graphic Design‡  
   NGRP-231    Image Preparation§  
   NGRP-245    Color Theory and Management§  
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   NGRD-255    Publication Design‡  
   NGRD-256    Identity Design‡  
   NGRP-252    PDF Production and Workflow§  
   NGRP-250    Page Layout II§  
NAIS-291 Production Workshop 3
  NTID LAS Perspective** 3
NAIS-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NAIS-292 Portfolio Workshop 3
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   NGRD-230    Digital Illustration‡  
   NGRP-270    Specialty Graphics Imaging§  
  NTID LAS Perspective** 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 64

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

‡ NGRD courses/Graphic Design concentration

§ NGRP courses/Graphic Production concentration

† Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher; students who place above NMTH-140 can take math or a 3-credit course from any of the four NTID LAS Perspective categories: ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies; Communication, Social & Global Awareness; Creative and Innovative Exploration; and Scientific Processes.

**NTID LAS Perspective courses may be from any of these three Perspective categories: ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies; Communication, Social & Global Awareness; and Creative and Innovative Exploration.

Electives

Course
NGRD-115 Visual Idea Development
NGRD-211 Drawing II
NGRD-222 Art History
NGRD-257 Animation
NGRD-258 Cartooning
NGRP-210 Digital Photography II
NGRP-220 Videography
NGRP-232 Image Manipulation
NGRP-251 Publication Production
NGRP-260 Web Design II
NGRP-261 Interactive Digital Media
NGRP-275 Digital Printing Systems
NAIS-199 Independent Study
NAIS-289 Special Topics

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

People who work in the arts and imaging field are responsible for designing, organizing, and producing print and Web-based media for business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising markets. This is a large, exciting field that requires a variety of computer-based and traditional visual skills. The arts and imaging studies program provides opportunities for students to enter various careers ranging from creative to highly technical positions at various degree levels.

The arts and imaging studies programs include nine required core courses (27 credits) plus a required cooperative education experience. The core courses provide a solid foundation for continuing in advanced courses, a baccalaureate program, and employment. Several of the core courses are scheduled during the first year, and additional courses are completed during the second year.

In addition to the core courses taken in the first year, students immediately begin course work in their concentration. Students may choose a concentration in graphic design or graphic technology. Both concentrations consist of 24 credit hours.

All students entering the program will be given an aptitude assessment experience. As a result of this assessment profile, students will be counseled and placed into an initial concentration: graphic design for students with creative aptitude and interest; graphic technology for students with technical/production aptitude and interest. The assessment is not final. Based on success and demonstrated capabilities, students may request or be counseled to change their program concentration.

The program's curriculum includes nine credits of technical electives and three credits of free electives. Students may select their technical elective courses from four different professional focus areas that provide students with additional depth of skill and knowledge specific to a career pathway:

  • graphic design
  • photography
  • print publishing
  • Web design


Technical electives may be chosen from a concentration area, a list of technical electives, or, as appropriate, courses from other related programs. Free electives can be selected from any program within RIT, depending on availability and prerequisites.

All students gain real work experience through one quarter of required cooperative education employment. Upon satisfactory conclusion of the co-op, students complete a required portfolio presentation course in which they refine and complete their portfolio as needed for an application to a baccalaureate program or the search for employment.

On-the-job responsibilities

Depending on the specific program concentration and elective course selection, graduates use computer-based methods to produce drawings, layouts, illustrations, and digital photographic images; prepare documents for print, Web, and digital distribution; produce interactive digital media; perform digital retouching and restoration of photographic images; produce composite digital images; design and produce websites; produce computer animations; plan and produce short edited videos; and operate electrophotographic digital printing and inkjet systems, simple bindery, and finishing equipment.

Places of employment

Graduates usually find employment in a variety of commercial, corporate, government, and educational settings. Examples include computer graphics firms, advertising agencies, art studios, printing or manufacturing plants, prepress companies, in-house printing or marketing departments, book and magazine publishing houses, newspaper facilities, government agencies, industrial training or media departments, educational media centers, and educational institutions.

Graduates may qualify for positions such as production graphic artist, graphic designer, digital photo artist, digital photography technician, digital prepress technician, video technician, website designer, website technician, and digital printing systems operator.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of a sampling experience offered during the Summer Vestibule Program and also during the academic year is required. The sampling activities provide opportunities for students to learn about the arts and imaging field, identify career opportunities, and evaluate their interest and aptitude for a degree program.

ACT-AAS minimum score = 18

ACT-AOS minimum score = 15

English-AAS: Placement into the Written Communication II (0502-111) course.

English-AOS: Placement into English level C or above. Students successfully completing AOS degrees typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics-AAS/AOS: Placement into the Concepts of Measurement (0884-150) course. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science-AAS/AOS: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Arts and imaging studies (graphic design concentration), AOS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0855-311 Basic Drawing 3
0855-252 Vector Graphics 3
0855-255 Principles of Design 3
0855-251 Bitmap Graphics 3
0855-253, 318 Typography I, II 6
0855-314 Color in Design 3
0855-331 Desktop Publishing I 3
0855-319 Graphic Design 3
  English Level C 12
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
  Mathematics (Level B)‡ 3
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0855-342 Web Design I 3
0855-361 Grid Systems 3
0855-315 History of Graphic Design 3
0855-362 Publication Design 3
0855-323 Digital Photography I 3
0855-363 Identity Systems Design 3
  Technical Electives 9
0806-101 Job Search Process 2
  Social Science* 3
  Humanities* 3
  Communication Studies* 3
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
  Science (Level B or above) 3
0855-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0855-353 Portfolio Presentation 3
0855-351 Production Workshop 3
  Free Elective 3
0806-201 Employment Seminar 1
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 101

* Please see NTID's General Education Distribution Requirements chart for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Satisfied by Concepts of Measurement (0884-150) or higher-level course.

Arts and imaging studies (graphic technology concentration), AOS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0855-251 Bitmap Graphics 3
0855-252 Vector Graphics 3
0855-323 Digital Photography I 3
0855-254 Applied Color Theory 3
0855-253 Typography I 3
0855-255 Principles of Design 3
0855-331 Desktop Publishing I 3
0855-321 Image Acquisition 3
0855-342 Web Design I 3
  English Level C 12
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
  Mathematics (Level B)‡ 3
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0855-322 Bitmap Graphics II 3
0855-344 Videography I 3
0855-324 Wide-Format Graphics 3
0855-333 Publication Production I 3
0855-332 PDF Production and Workflow 3
0855-352 Color Management 3
  Technical Electives 9
0806-101 Job Search Process 2
  Social Science* 3
  Humanities* 3
  Communication Studies* 3
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
  Science (Level B or above) 3
0855-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0855-353 Portfolio Presentation 3
0855-351 Production Workshop 3
  Free Elective 3
0806-201 Employment Seminar 1
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 101

* Please see General Education Distribution Requirements chart for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Satisfied by Concepts of Measurement (0884-150) or higher-level course.

Arts and imaging studies, AOS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NAIS-120 Principles of Design and Color 3
NAIS-130 Raster and Vector Graphics 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   NGRD-111    Drawing I‡  
   NGRP-110    Digital Photography I§  
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NAIS-140 Graphic Design and Typography I 3
NAIS-150 Page Layout I 3
NAIS-160 Web Design I 3
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
NMTH-120 NTID LAS Foundation: Mathematics** 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NAIS-201 Employment Seminar 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   NGRD-240    Graphic Design and Typography II‡  
   NGRD-221    History of Graphic Design‡  
   NGRP-231    Image Preparation§  
   NGRP-245    Color Theory and Management§  
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
NSCI-120 NTID LAS Perspective: Scientific Processes†† 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   NGRD-255    Publication Design‡  
   NGRD-256    Identity Design‡  
   NGRP-252    PDF Production and Workflow§  
   NGRP-250    Page Layout II§  
NAIS-291 Production Workshop 3
  NTID LAS Perspective: Creative and Innovative Exploration 3
  NTID LAS Foundation: ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies† 3
NAIS-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NAIS-292 Portfolio Workshop 3
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   NGRD-230    Digital Illustration‡  
   NGRP-270    Specialty Graphics Imaging§  
  NTID LAS Perspective: Communication, Social and Global Awareness  
  NTID LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 73

Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† NHSS-150 Deaf Perspectives on Contemporary Civilization or NASL-190 American Sign Language I

‡ NGRD courses/Graphic Design concentration       

§ NGRP courses/Graphic Production concentration

** Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher

†† Any science course numbered NSCI-120 or higher

Professional electives

Students select nine credit hours from one of the following professional areas.

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
Graphic design
0855-310 Visual Idea Development 3
0855-312 Intermediate Drawing 3
0855-313 Advanced Drawing 3
0855-316 Art History I 3
0855-317 Art History II 3
0855-364 Digital Illustration 3
Photography
0855-371 Dynamic Image Preparation 3
0855-372 Composite Imaging 3
0855-373 Digital Photography II 3
0855-374 Image Retouch and Restore 3
Print publishing
0855-334 Database Publishing 3
0855-381 Desktop Publishing II 3
0855-382 Interactive PDF Publishing 3
0855-383 Publication Production II 3
0855-384 Digital Printing Systems 3
Web design
0855-341 Graphics for the Web 3
0855-343 Computer Animation 3
0855-391 Web Design II 3
0855-392 Web Design III 3
0855-394 Interactive Digital Media 3