Visual Communication (AAS)

Program Description

The Visual Communication Degree (AAS) is offered through Art, Design, and Performing Arts Department.

The curriculum is rooted in a strong foundation of art and design skills, with classroom exercises providing practical and theoretical experience. Students develop skills and technical knowledge in industry standard software (such as Adobe Creative Suite) and industry standard equipment (including digital cameras, audio and lighting equipment, large-format printers, scanners, drawing tablets, and prepress considerations). Coursework also focuses on developing strong concepts, troubleshooting design issues, and critical thinking while working as an individual or in team-based environments.

Students will learn foundational skills applicable to career possibilities in many areas of visual communication, including graphic design, industrial design, illustration, photography, videography, motion graphics, animation, and more. At the end of the program, students will submit a comprehensive portfolio of work for faculty to review prior to graduation.

The AAS in Visual Communication degree is intended for students seeking to start a career upon completion of the program. Students interested in transferring to complete a fouryear Bachelor’s degree in a more specialized aspect of visual communication should review the Art transfer degrees in the catalog: the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Fine Arts (AFA).

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Students completing this program will be able to:

• Exhibit foundational art and design skills with a strong understanding and application of design principles and color theory.

• Exhibit technical knowledge in industry standard programs, including applications in the Adobe Creative Suite.

• Exhibit technical knowledge of industry standard equipment, including digital cameras, audio and lighting equipment, large-format printers, scanners, drawing tablets, and prepress considerations

• Work in an individual or team environment developing strong concepts, critical thinking skills, communication strategies, and problem-solving tactics.

• Communicate design concepts efficiently to supervisors, clients, and industry professionals.

• Create a comprehensive and quality portfolio demonstrating proficiency in multiple areas of visual communication, including ads and flyers, information graphics, photography, typographic design, web graphics, packaging, and more.


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Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

ART 101 2-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 121 Drawing I (3)
ART 190 Introduction to Computer Art (3)
ART 213 Digital Photography (3)
CS 100 Intro to Computers (3)

Second Semester

ART 111 3-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 122 Drawing II (3)
ART 131 Type and Digital Layout
ART 246 Production and Prepress (even yearor
Choose 1 Art Studio Elective  (3)
PSYC 246 Intro to Psychology (3)

Third Semester

ART 215 Digital Imaginary (3)
COMM 100 Communication Skills (3)
ENG 101 Composition I or
ENG 101C  Composition I (3)
Choose 1 Art Studio Elective (3)
Choose 1 Art History Elective (3)

Fourth Semester

ART 217 Digital Drawing (3)
ART 248 Production and Prepress (3)
ART 234 Digital Video and Editing or
ART 247 Motion Graphics  (3)
SPEC 111 Business and Professional Comm or
SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication (3)
SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication (3)
Choose 1 Art History Elective (3)

Art History Elective Options:
• ART 281  History of Western Art I
• ART 282  History of Western Art II
• ART 285  Survey of Asian Art
• ART 286  Survey of Non-Western Art
• MCA 221  Intro to Mass Communication

Art Studio Elective Options:
• ART 201  Life Drawing
• ART 211  Painting
• ART 212  Advanced Painting
• ART 232  The Photographic Series
• ART 233  Studio Lighting
• ART 234  Digital Video and Editing
• ART 235  Elements of Web Design
• ART 246  Graphic Design
• ART 247  Motion Graphics
• ART 289  Portfolio Development
• CIP 170  Web Page Development

Minimum total hours required for degree– 60

Minimum total hours required for degree: 66