Program Type: Career Program

Program Total: 60 Credits

Program Description

The Visual Communication (VisComm)/Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program prepares students in the production methods, digital media, and traditional design related to the visual communications field. Students learn to apply a variety of media to a range of audiences. Students acquire professional skills to be competitive in the visual communications industries, to include design for print, screen, and motion graphics. Visual Communication/Graphic Design is a career program, which prepares students for entry-level job positions. Non-degree-seeking students may upgrade and enrich their basic computer skill sets. Some of its courses transfer to four-year institutions. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to consider specific transfer goals.

Graduates of the Visual Communication/Graphic Design A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Use the vocabulary of the elements of art, principles of design, and visual communication terminology correctly
  • Apply traditional and digital methods to student-created works of visual communication
  • Identify the evolving practices and emerging technologies of the visual communication industry
  • Demonstrate the stages of developing a visual product
  • Evaluate client/project goals
  • Demonstrate ethical standards within the standards of professional practice
  • Assemble a portfolio suitable for workforce entry or professional advancement
Required Courses

PAS-1000 First Year Experience Credits: 1 (Institutional Requirement)

ART-1570 Introduction to Computer Graphics Credits: 3 (Computer Literacy Program Requirement; Critical Course)

EGL-1010 Composition I: Expository Writing Credits: 3 (English General Education Requirement)

ART-1510 Two-Dimensional Design Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

MAT-1130 Mathematical Ideas Credits: 3 (Mathematics General Education Requirement; Critical Course)

HST-1370 The World in the Twentieth Century Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Elective) or

GEO-1010 Physical Geography Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Elective)

ART-1530 Drawing I Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

ART-2740 Modern Art Credits: 3 (Program Elective) or

ART-2720 African-American Art Credits: 3 (Program Elective)

ART-2620 Digital Illustration Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

EGL-1100 Composition II: Writing About Issues and Ideas Credits: 3 (English General Education Requirement)

ART-2410 Graphic Design I Credits: 3 (Program Requirement; Critical Course)

COM-1010 Foundations of Communication Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Requirement)

ART-1620 Digital Publication Design Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

ART-2650 Animation and Multimedia I Credits: 3 (Program Elective; Critical Course) or

ART-2670 3-D Digital Modeling and Animation Credits: 3 (Program Elective; Critical Course)

ART-2610 Graphic Design II Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

ART-2530 Drawing II Credits: 3 (Program Elective) or

ART-1630 Commercial Illustration I Credits: 3 (Program Elective) or

ART-1780 Digital Photography I Credits: 3 (Program Elective) or

ART-1540 Painting I Credits: 3 (Program Elective) or

ART-2510 Three-dimensional Design Credits: 3 (Program Elective) or

ART-1590 Watercolor I Credits: 3 (Program Elective)

ART-2520 Color Theory and Application Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

ART-2900 Portfolio Development for Visual Arts Credits: 1 (Program Requirement)

ART-2730 Integrated Arts Credits: 3 (Program Requirement, General Education Requirement)

ART-2570 Lettering Typography and Layout Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

NTR-1010 Introductory Nutrition Credits: 3 (General Education Elective Science, No Lab) or

BIO-1110 Environmental Biology Credits: 3 (General Education Elective Science, No Lab)

BMT-1500 Developing a Professional Image Credits: 1 (Program Elective)

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