Graphic Design Practicum
I. Course Prefix/Number: GRD 251
Course Name: Graphic Design Practicum
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 15 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Workplace experience in the graphic design field acquired by working for a company that does graphic design. The student’s job will be appropriate to his or her skills. Student meets with instructor to provide detailed reports of the work experience.
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Develop effective strategies for seeking employment in the field of Graphic Design.
C. Demonstrate successful work habits appropriate to the Graphic Design industry.
D. Demonstrate competency by achieving the responsibilities required for the job placement.
E. Describe and present new skills acquired from the job placement.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Educational objectives
2. Assessment of skills
3. Career goals
B. Work Place
1. Organizational charts
3. Responsibilities and goals
5. Job descriptions
6. Procedure manuals
7. Office resources
C. Communication skills
1. Working with individuals below and above your level of organization
2. Developing team goals
3. Conflict resolution
4. Decision making
D. Occupational skills
1. Get done attitude
2. Craftsmanship and detail oriented abilities
3. Skills specific to your job
E. Graphic Design Project
1. Determining the needs of your client
2. Drafting a proposal
3. Approval of project topic and objectives
4. Understanding the production flow and how it affects your project
5. Review of project
a. Knowledge of skills gained
b. Application to career goals
F. Finding a job
3. Job descriptions
4. Sources for employment
G. Professional organizations
H. Evaluation of job experience
1. New skills acquired
2. Professional goals
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Work 15 hours per week in a Graphic Design environment
B. Meet for at least 3 one hour meetings with instructor during the semester
C. Design and produce a resume
D. Discuss workplace experience with instructor.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Evaluations by supervisor on the job
- Quality of resume
- Demonstration of job skills through portfolio
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.