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NOVA 2012-2013 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 121 Drawing I 4
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 4
ART 140 Intro to Graphic Skills 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
1SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   16
2nd Semester
ART 122 Drawing II 4
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 4
ART 135 Visual Communications 3
ART 141 Typography I 3
ART 209 Creative Concepts and Writing 3
Total   17
3rd Semester
ART 142 Typography II 3
ART 217 Graphic Design I 3
ART 265 Graphic Techniques 3
2MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I or 3-4
  Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab  
PHT 270 Digital Imaging I or 3
  ART  251  Communication Design I  
Total   15-16
4th Semester
ART 218 Graphic Design II 3
ART 250 History of Design 3
ART 287 Portfolio & Resume Preparation 3
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
3___ Social Science Elective 3
4___ Humanities Elective (non-ART) 3
Total   18
Total credits for the Communication Design A.A.S.=66-67

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

2 Division approval required for substitution. The physical life 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.

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

4 The humanities elective may be selected from fine arts/humanities courses other than ART listed under General Education Electives.