Bachelor's Completion Program
Associate’s Degree Program
The Modern College of Design guides students through an intensive program that results in an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Design. Our courses are focused, aligned, and taught with one purpose in mind: to create exceptional designers. Below, you can learn about the program structure, specific courses, and what to expect while at The Modern.
Students must have completed high school or earned their GED, and have achieved a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students also must present a portfolio of 8-10 pieces of work. Students also must score a minimum of 20 points on a five-tier rubric.
Students may apply beginning in their junior year of high school. All high school graduates or those who have earned a GED are invited to apply.
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Part-time, Accelerated, and Online program options are available
Introduction to Applications
Design Basics and Print Production
Web Design I
Graphic Design I
Web Design II
Introduction to Communications
Web Design III
Business and Ethics of Design
Portfolio Completion I
Please find textbook requirements for each class here. Students can purchase textbooks through The Modern or on their own.
Incoming first-year students have access to over $450,000 in tuition reduction and tuition award funds.
Enrolled students may be eligible for a renewable Merit Award.
Students who earn a GPA of 3.8–4.0 may be eligible for a $5,000 renewable Merit Award ($10,000 value).
Students who earn a GPA of 3.5–3.79 may be eligible $2,500 renewable Merit Award ($5,000 value).
One accepted student who reflects excellence in both design and academics will be awarded a $5,000 renewable scholarship ($10,000 value).
To apply, students must submit a scholarship application by March 4, 2020.
Up to four accepted students who reflect excellence in academic achievement and creativity in their portfolio submission will be awarded a $2,500 renewable scholarship ($5,000 value).
To apply, students must submit a scholarship application by March 4, 2020.
Enrolled students may be eligible for a $2,500 renewable Multicultural Award ($5,000 value).
To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.0 and must identify themselves on their application as members of the African American, Latina/Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or other ethnic minority.
Enrolled students may be eligible for a $5,000 renewable Need-Based Award ($10,000 value).
To qualify, the student must have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that results in Pell Grant eligibility, and the parent(s) must have received a denial on a PLUS loan credit check (for dependent students). The student would first need to borrow all the Federal Direct Loan money for which the student is eligible and receive all the grants for which the student qualifies.
Enrolled students may be eligible for a $2,500 renewable Career Center Graduate Award ($5,000 value).
To qualify, the student must graduate from a career center or have earned credits in a design-related lab or class from a career center and have earned a GPA of 3.0.
Enrolled students may be eligible for a $2,500 renewable Out-of-State Award ($5,000 value).
To qualify, the student must live outside the state of Ohio and have earned a GPA of 3.0.
One accepted student who was awarded first place at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Website Design, Advertising Promotion, Photography, or Video competitions at the state level will be awarded a $1,250 renewable scholarship ($2,500 value). Visit bpa.org for information about this competition.
One accepted student who won first place in their home district’s Congressional Art Competition will be awarded a $1,250 renewable scholarship ($2,500 value). The scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit house.gov for information about this competition.
Up to two accepted students whose artwork is selected for display in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition will be awarded a $5,000 renewable scholarship ($10,000 value). Visit govart.org for more information.
Up to two accepted students who were awarded first place in the Ohio Southwest Regional Advertising Design Contest or in the State SkillsUSA Advertising Design, Web Design, Photography, or Video Contests will be awarded a $1,250 renewable scholarship ($2,500 value). Visit skillsusa.org for information about this competition.
Once you have been accepted at The Modern, you will receive detailed instructions about how to apply for eligible scholarships.
Make the world beautiful. The Modern student learns to design packaging, posters, brand identities, book covers, retail design, brochures, and more. Make your mark on the world through engaging and stimulating designs that increase engagement and excite audiences around the world.
Creating beautiful websites is crucial because of our digital lifestyles. The Modern student uses HTML and CSS to develop fully functional, responsive websites, designing across multiple platforms.
In our digital age, customer service relies on an excellent user experience (UX). The number of user interfaces (UI) that are available to any given consumer is astounding. The Modern student concentrates on making designs accessible, intuitive, and attractive. Help build something that people love to use.
Video is everywhere. As businesses attempt to create appropriate footage for their consumers, designers help produce targeted and engaging stories. The Modern student writes scripts, develops storyboards, and produces video.
Designs are on the move and not slowing down. Many industries understand the value of giving a user an engaging design that is anything but stagnant. The Modern student designs and animates 2D motion graphics to help businesses grow, websites improve, and users stay interested.
In our content-heavy world, a striking photo can often cut through the noise. The Modern student gains a wide variety of experience in portraiture, product, fashion, and architectural photography. Using original photography in design projects allows students to see its practical application as they prepare for careers.
Capturing a shortening attention span demands a creative illustrator. The Modern student creates traditional and digital illustrations in a variety of styles and learns to see beyond the obvious. Students are encouraged to incorporate their original illustrations into many design projects.
Advertising agencies are looking for exceptional skill in a crowded marketplace. The Modern students are prepared to meet this demand as they receive practical training to lead as an Art Director and Creative Director in their own professional campaign. Students then use their professional work to create a variety of industry relevant advertisements.
As marketing changes we prepare our students to stay relevant, agile, and successful in a variety of industries and markets. Students work collaboratively to create, design, and present marketing plans that are judged by industry leaders. Selected students are given the opportunity to compete in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.
Agencies and businesses need individuals who can implement solutions that are unique and inspiring. As markets get more crowded, the creative professional is in high demand. The Modern student is prepared to see beyond the obvious and incorporate creative solutions that stand above the industry average.