Curriculum: Graphic Communications (0140) | Southwestern Illinois College

Online Degree Option

This program offers an online degree option as well as the traditional on-campus classroom format. The degree curriculum is below. The online degree can be achieved by taking these courses through a combination of online, hybrid and on-campus classes.

This program can be completed on-campus or online. This distance education degree does have a few hybrid and on-campus courses which are noted with asterisk an (*).

Catalog Year: 2019 – 2020

First Year

Fall Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
Total Semester Credits 15
CIS 125 Operating System Basics 1
CIS 147 Fonts & Types 2
CIS 164 Internet Essentials 3
CIS 168 
ART 111
Graphic Design OR
Basic Design
3

CIS 171

Computer Graphics

3
ENG 101 Rhetoric & Composition I 3
Total Semester Credits 15
Spring Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
CIS 172 Photo Manipulation 3
CIS 173 Graphics and Animation / Flash 3
CIS 174 Web Fundamentals I 3
CIS 257 Electronic Publishing / InDesign  3
  English OR Journalism Elective OR SPCH 151 3

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Second Year

Total Semester Credits 17
Fall Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
CIS 176 Web Fundamentals II 3
CIS 230 Video Graphics 3
CIS 272 Photo Manipulation II 3
  Graphic Communications Elective (see below) 3
  Human Relations Elective 3
  Human Well-Being Elective 2
Total Semester Credits 16-18
Total Program Credits 63-65
Spring Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
CIS 259 Current Web/Graphic Technology* 3
CIS 273 Advanced Graphics and Animation 3
CIS 296 Web & Graphics Internship 3
  Graphic Communications Elective (see below) 3
  Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
  Communications / Humanities / Social Science / Human Well-Beeing Elective 1-3

Graphic Communications Electives

Course Number Course Description Credits
ART 120 Introduction to Computer Art 3
BUS 280 Copyright/Trademark/Patent Law 3
CIS 210 Web Design & Usability 3
CIS 299 Special Topics in CIS 3
MKT 226 eMarketing 3
MKT 227 SEO & Web Analytics for Marketing* 3

Some courses have prerequisites. Refer to the Course Catalog or Class Search link in eSTORM for a full course description.