Contact Information

Susan Cook
TE Building, TE 109
(575) 439-3665

Graphic Design

The Associate in Graphic Design emphasizes digital media, in a creative, art-centered, technologically challenging, conceptually-based framework. The degree is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the job market or for transfer to four-year degree programs in art or other disciplines at the NMSU campus in Las Cruces. At least 53 of the 68 credits in this program will apply to a typical Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and other majors at the NMSU Las Cruces campus and many will transfer to other 4-year institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Both the degree and certificate also require courses in Fine Arts to be taken.

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Classes Offered

Below are the descriptions of the courses taught in Graphic Design. Please see the NMSU-A Catalog for the most recent information regarding academic programs and courses available at NMSU-A. See the Class Schedule to find out which classes are being taught this semester. See "How to Read Course Descriptions" for help.

CMT 115. Digital Photography and Imaging I 3 cr. (2+2P)

Principles and techniques of photography using digital equipment with an emphasis on lighting, focus, and composition. (F)

CMT 130. Introduction to Web Design 3 cr. (2+2P)

Introduction to web development techniques, theory, and design. Incorporates HTML and industry-standard web editing software in developing various web sites. Restricted to:Community Colleges only. (Sp)

CMT 145. Image Processing I 3 cr. (2+2P)

Design and creation of digital graphics using a raster or bitmap program for use in print, multimedia, video , animation and web. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (F)

CMT 155. Selected Topics 1-4 cr.

Specific titles to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits. Same as OEGR 155. (F & Sp)

CMT 190. Digital Video Production I 3 cr. (2+4P)

A hands-on study of the tools and techniques used to produce the independent video. Through the production of various short projects, the student explores how the ideas of the writer/director are translated into a visual story. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Sp)

CMT 216. Digital Photography and Imaging II 3 cr. (2+2P)

Provide understanding and skills needed for advanced digital capture, editing, optimizing and manipulating photographic images for print, web and multimedia applications. The course will prepare students to make more advanced technical and more refined aesthetic decisions relative to specific photographic applications. Prerequisite(s): CMT 115. Restricted to: Alamogordo campus, Carlsbad campus, Dona Ana campus. (F)

CMT 221. Internship 1-3 cr.

Student will be employed in approved work site; supervised and rated by employer and instructor. Each credit requires specific number of hours of on-the-job work experience. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Graded S/U. (F & Sp)

CMT 223. Media Production Services 1-3 cr.

A design studio environment in which students obtain real-world experience while providing service to college and non-profit associations with faculty supervision using a variety of media. Can be used with permission to fulfill cooperative requirement. Prerequisite: CMT 180 or ART 163. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Sp)

CMT 230. Web Design II 3 cr. (2+2P)

Creating and managing well-designed, organized web sites using HTML and web development software. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): CMT 130. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. Cross-listed: OEGR 230 (F)

CMT 255. Special Topics 1-4 cr.

Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits. (F)

CMT 275. Advanced Web Techniques 3 cr. (2+2P)

Creating and managing complex web sites using advanced techniques and tools. Prerequisites: CMT 145 and CMT 230. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. (Sp)