A.A.S. Degree in Visual Communications Technology: Graphic Arts/Printing

PHOTO: Student in the iMac labThe Associate in Applied Science degree program in Visual Communications Technology: Graphic Arts/Printing prepares graduates in all aspects of visual communications and graphic design. These include layout, production, typography, commercial print processes, illustration and computer graphics for entry level positions in graphic design, printing, publishing, desktop publishing, advertising, marketing, presentation graphics, game design, animation, multimedia and communications.

Below is the suggested course sequence to complete the Visual Communications degree.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are primarily intended to prepare students for immediate employment; however, transfer opportunities exist in some areas. If you plan to pursue a four-year degree program, see department chair or faculty advisor as soon as possible.

First Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
ENG 101 Freshman English I 3
___ ___ Math or Liberal Arts/Science Elective 3
ART 103 Drawing I 2
ART 107 Design I 3
ART 123 Visual Communication & Graphic Design 1 3
EET 110 Computer Applications and Graphics 3
PES 100 Concepts of Physical Wellness 1
  Total: 18

Second Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
ENG 102 Freshman English 2 3
ART 104 Drawing 2 2
ART 108 Design 2 3
ART 111 Color 2
ART 124 Visual Communication & Graphic Design 2 3
ART 128 History of Art 2 3
  Total: 16

Third Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
ART 203 Modern Art: The 20th Century 3
ART 223 Visual Communication & Graphic Design 3 3
ART 230 Communication & Arts Practicum 2
___ ___ Social Science Elective 3
___ ___ Restricted Elective 3

ART 113

OR

ART 117

OR

ART 119

OR

ART 121

OR

ART 225

Painting 1

or

Figure Drawing 1

or

Photography 1

or

Digital Photography 1

or

Web Design 1

3-4
  Total: 17 - 18

fourth Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
___ ___ Social Science Elective 3
___ ___ Math or Liberal Arts/Science Elective 3
ART 224 Visual Communication & Graphic Design 4 2
___ ___ Restricted Elective 3
PES ___ Physical Education Elective 1

ART 114

OR

ART 118

OR

ART 120

OR

ART 122

OR

ART 226

Painting 2

or

Figure Drawing 2

or

Photography 2

or

Digital Photography 2

or

Web Design 2

3
  Total: 15
 
Total Credits
66-67

Students must complete a two-course sequence in either Painting, Figure Drawing, Photography, Digital Photography or Web Design for degree.

*Students select appropriate restricted electives based on their career goals after consultation with their academic advisor.

Restricted Electives:

  • ARC 101 Architectural Graphics
  • ART 127 History of Art 1
  • ART 113 Painting 1
  • ART 114 Painting 2
  • ART 117 Figure Drawing 1
  • ART 118 Figure Drawing 2
  • ART 119 Photography 1
  • ART 120 Photography 2
  • ART 121 Digital Photography 1
  • ART 122 Digital Photography 2
  • ART 201 American Art 1700-1945
  • ART 205 Women in Art History
  • ART 207 Non-Western Art
  • ART 213 Painting 3
  • ART 214 Painting 4
  • ART 215 Portrait Painting
  • ART 225 Web Page Design 1
  • ART 226 Web Page Design 2
  • CAD 101 Introduction to CAD
  • CIT 111 Internet and HTML
  • COM 101 Foundations of Communication
  • COM 107 Intro to Video Production
  • MKT 201 Principles of Advertising
  • MKT 101 Principles of Marketing