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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Graphic Design

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Graphic Design A.A.S. Degree

Maurice Abelman, Program Director
Student Center, Office 413
(409) 984-6389 or

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design provides a degree alternative to students interested in programming, database administration, and introductory game development. The degree emphasizes major programming languages, as well as the courses necessary to develop skills for designing effective web pages, designing and implementing databases, and integrating multimedia, graphics, and animation for introductory game design.

The Graphic Design program will best service students who want to be ready to enter the computer graphic job market quickly but also have a well-rounded education with transferable core courses that can be used for future employment and educational growth. It provides exposure to the fine arts components of graphics design as well as technological computer components.

The program develops skills in both print and digital media, giving students a chance to decide if they would prefer to work in Graphic Design for printing (such as magazine ads, newspapers, brochures, and other publications) or for digital end use (such as web pages, digital video, multimedia, animation, and other digitized images for viewing on a computer monitor or other screen). Students exiting the program could seek employment in a wide variety of fields including Commercial and Industrial Design, Multimedia and Animation, and Graphic Design.

Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Year
Fall Semester
ARTS 1311 Design I 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers 4
ARTC 1453 Computer Illustration 4
Spring Semester
ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTS 1303 Art History I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
MATH 1314 or
MATH 1332
College Algebra or
Contemporary Mathematics
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
ENGL 1301 Composition 3
ARTC 2348 Digital Media 3
ARTC 1459 Visual Design for New Media 4
Spring Semester
PSYC 2301 or 
SOCI 1301
General Psychology or
Introduction to Sociology
ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
ARTC 2335 Portfolio Development for Graphic Design 3
ARTC 2388 Internship – Commercial and Advertising Art 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
Total 60
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