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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

Interactive Design Specialization
Associate of Applied Science Degree AL, LO

Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons who seek full time employment in the Communication Design profession. Upon completion, an individual would be prepared to work in the field of web based interactive design including multimedia techniques specific to the web.

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 Introduction 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 122 Drawing II 4
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 4
ART 135 Visual Communications 3
ART 209 Creative Concepts and Writing 3
Total   17
3rd Semester
ART 141 Typography I 3
ART 263 Interactive Design I 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  
3___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   15-16
4th Semester
ART 142 Typography II 3
ART 250 History of Design 3
ART 264 Interactive Design II 3
ART 287 Portfolio and Resume Preparation 3
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
4___ Humanities elective (non-ART) 3
Total   18
Total credits for the Interactive Design Specialization=66-67

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

2 Division approval required for substitution. The 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.