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Learning Outcomes

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018

The requirements, reviews, and curriculum for CCA's Graphic Design program are designed such that graduating students successfully achieve the following program learning outcomes:

Concept & Process

  • Student can generate a wide range of concepts
  • Student can bring their own voice to their work
  • Student can work effectively in teams to solve complex problems
  • Student can perform research to develop and support a concept
  • Student can employ methodologies like prototyping and user-testing to inform their design decisions

Form & Craft

  • Student has facility with a range of contemporary and traditional techniques, tools, and media
  • Student takes care in the crafting of form, regardless of media
  • Student demonstrates an ability to use typography effectively, appropriately, and expressively
  • Student demonstrates an ability to learn how to learn technology
  • Student demonstrates resourcefulness in giving form to their work
  • Student understands the importance of crediting others for their work and employs the highest ethical standard when using styles and assets created by others

Systems-Thinking & Context

  • Student can devise the elements of a design system (e.g. logo, type, color palette, pattern)
  • Student can develop creative, diverse, and appropriate applications for a design system
  • Student can relate their work to design history and trends in contemporary design
  • Student can relate their work to cultural, political, economic, and environmental issues
  • Student can balance personal expression with empathy for user needs
  • Student can demonstrate how their work would function in the world

Presentation & Application

  • Student can present their work in a clear and convincing manner, to design and non-design audiences
  • Student can document their work effectively
  • Student can answer questions about their work effectively
  • Student can critique the work of others effectively
  • Student can apply design knowledge, skills, and process beyond the classroom
  • Student has a functional knowledge of professional design practices and protocols