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Associate of Applied Science Degree
Offered through AL, LO

Purpose: The curriculum is designed for individuals 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, ART 140 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 and Wellness 1
1SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   16
2nd Semester
ART 116 Design for the Web I 3
ART 135 Visual Communications 3
ART 141 Typography I 3
ART 209 Creative Concepts and Writing 3
2PHT 270 Digital Imaging I or 3
  ART  251  Communication Design I  
3___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   18
3rd Semester
ART 142 Typography II 3
ART 217 Graphic Design I 3
ART 265 Graphic Techniques 3
4ART Elective 3
5MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I or 3-4
  Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab  
Total   15-16
4th Semester
ART 218 Graphic Design II 3
ART 250 History of Design 3
ART 287 Portfolio and Resume Preparation 3
4ART Elective 3
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
6___ Humanities Elective (non-ART) 3
Total   18
Total credits for the Communication Design A.A.S.=67-68

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

2 PHT 270 will teach digital imaging from a photography perspective, whereas ART 251 provides a design perspective.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

4 Approved ART Electives: ART 117, ART 122, ART 132, ART 270, ART 266, ART 267, ART 268, ART 281, or division approval for other ART courses.

5 Division approval required for substitution. The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, ENV 121–122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

6 See fine arts/humanities courses other than ART listed under General Education Electives.