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Associate’s Degree Program

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The Modern College of Design guides students through an intensive two-year 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.

Admissions Requirements

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. 


Application Requirements

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.

Curriculum

Year One

Semester One
15 weeks / 17 credits

APP101

Introduction to Applications

GRD101

Design Basics and Print Production

WEB101

Web Design I

PHT101

Photography Basics

ENG101

English Composition

ARH101

Art History

Semester Two
15 weeks / 15 credits

GRD102

Graphic Design I

WEB102

Web Design II

ELT101

Art Elective

ENG102

Creative Writing

COM101

Introduction to Communications

Year Two

Semester One
15 weeks / 15 credits

WEB201

Web Design III

ELT-201-1

Design Elective

MKT201

Marketing I

BUS201

Business and Ethics of Design

PSY101

Psychology

Semester Two
15 weeks / 15 credits

GRD299

Portfolio Completion I

COM102

Advanced Communications

Spring Term/strong>
4 weeks / 3 credits

PRO299

Externship





Please find textbook requirements for each class here. Students can purchase textbooks through The Modern or on their own.

Total Scholarships Available

$450,000

Incoming first-year students have access to over $450,000 in tuition reduction and tuition award funds.

Merit Awards

Award

$10,000



Awarded To

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).

Daniel E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Award

$10,000



Awarded To

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 6, 2019.

Portfolio Competition Scholarships

Award

$5,000



Awarded To

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 6, 2019.

Multicultural Awards

Award

$5,000



Awarded To

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.

Need-Based Awards

Award

$10,000



Awarded To

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.

Career Center Graduate Tuition Award

Award

$5,000



Awarded To

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.

Out-of-State Awards

Award

$5,000



Awarded To

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.

Business Professionals of America Scholarships

Award

$2,500



Awarded To

Up to two accepted students who were 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.

Congressional Art Award

Award

$2,500



Awarded To

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.

Governor’s Show Scholarships

Award

$10,000



Awarded To

Up to five 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.

SkillsUSA Scholarships

Award

$2,500



Awarded To

Up to three 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.

Submitting your Artwork

Once you have been accepted at The Modern, you will receive detailed instructions about how to apply for eligible scholarships.

Graphic Design

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.

Monica Alexander

Web Design

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.

Joelle Kaiser

UI/UX

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.

Bryce Herbst

Video

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.

Mark Wilson

Motion Design

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.

Brian Webb

Photography

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.

Alexis White

Illustration

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.

Bree Beisner

Advertising

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.

Brooke Overly (Berger)

Marketing

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.

2017 NSAC Team / District 5 Champions + Best Creative

Creativity

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.

Bryce Herbst