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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree AL, LO

Purpose:  The curriculum is designed for persons who seek full-time employment in the communication design field. The occupational objectives include graphic designer in the communication design marketplace.

Recommended Preparation:  Proficiency in high school English and a satisfactory aptitude for drawing.

Equipment and Supplies: Communication Design students are required to purchase certain basic equipment and materials necessary to achieve professionally-oriented objectives. Most of the equipment is purchased in the beginning class (Introduction to Graphic Skills) and can be used throughout the two-year program.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ART 140 Intro to Graphic Skills 4
ART 121 Drawing I 4
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 4
ART 135 Visual Communications 4
ART 122 Drawing II 4
ART 141 Typography I 4
Total   16
3rd Semester
ART 142 Typography II 4
ART 217 Eletronic Graphic Design I 4
ART 265 Graphic Techniques 4
3MTH 151 MTH  151  Math for the Liberal Arts I or Laboratory Science Elective 3-4
PHT 101 Photography I or PHT 270 Digital Imaging I or ART 251 Communication Design I 3
Total   18-19
4th Semester
4___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
4___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
ART 218 Electronic Graphic Design II 4
ART 250 History of Design 3
ART 287 Portfolio & Resume Preparation 1
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
1PED/RPK PED/RPK    Elective 1
Total   18
Total credits for the Communication Design A.A.S.=69-70

1 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

2 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

3Division approval required for substitution. The laboratory science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

4The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.