Graphic Design A.A.S.

Chris Ryan

What Is Graphic Design A.A.S.?

This associate degree program combines traditional art fundamentals with cutting-edge technology to prepare students for a variety of jobs, including website design, video editing, computer animation and print production. This degree encompasses all current and near-future baseline skills required by graphic employers and includes information and techniques designed to maximize student’s employability. 

Occupation Overview

Graphic design graduates with an A.A.S. degree may enter fields ranging from graphic and interactive design, development and production, illustration and animation, advertising and broadcast or cinema.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions. 

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Graphic Design Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in graphic design are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to:

Design & Production Interactive
graphic designer
illustrator
imaging specialist
production artist
set designer
packaging designer
infographics designer
art/creative director
video editor
Web designer
Web developer
mobile designer
user experience designer
video producer
interaction designer
motion graphics animator

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the graphic design field earn between $45,900 and $50,670 per year, depending on education, experience and employer. 
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Degree Name: Graphic Design A.A.S.
Degree or Program: Graphic Design
Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Description:
Combining traditional art fundamentals with cutting-edge technology, the Graphic Design A.A.S. degree consists of comprehensive coursework that prepares students for a variety of jobs, including Web design, video editing, computer animation, print production and others. These skills can be applied to many jobs including:
  • advertising
  • promotion
  • printing
  • broadcast
  • the cinema
This degree encompasses all current and near-future baseline skills required by graphic employers and includes information and techniques designed to maximize student's employability.
General Education Requirements

24
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Math 3
Communication

ENG 101
ENG 102 OR
ENG 115 OR
ENG 125
SPE 101

English Composition I
English Composition II OR
Technical Writing OR
Business Writing
Oral Communication

3
3


3
Social Science

HIS 101 OR 
HIS 102 OR
HIS 115 OR
HIS 270 OR 
POL 101 OR
POL 102 

U.S. History to 1877 OR 
U.S. History since 1877 OR 
U.S. History since 1945 OR
History of Missouri OR 
American Government OR
State & Local Government

3

Natural Science Any BIO, CHM, PHY 3
Humanities

ART 2100

History of Graphic Design 3
Elective

ART 2700

Intro to Printmaking 3
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST INCLUDE: 48
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1500
ART 1505

Survey of Western Art History I OR
Survey of Western Art History II

3
ART 1200 2-D Design  3
ART 1205 Color Theory  3
ART 1105 Digital Art Studio 3
ART 1300 3-D Design 3
ART 2110 Page Layout  3
ART 2120 Typography 3
ART 2130 Digital Imaging & Illustration 3
ART 2140 Web Design 3
ART 2160 Motion Graphics 3
ART 2170 Video Production  3

ART 2800 OR
ART 2810

Black and White Photo I OR 
Digital Photo I
3
ART 2900 Illustration I 3
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices (capstone) 3
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 72

Courses by Semester

FIRST SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1200 2-D Design 3
ART 1500 or
ART 1505 
Survey of Western Art History I or 
Survey of Western Art History II
3
ART 1105 Digital Art Studio 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SECOND SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1205 Color Theory 3

ENG 102 or
ENG 115 

English Composition II or
Technical Writing
3
MAT 105 Applied Math or higher 3

ART 2120

Typography

3
THIRD SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
ART 2900 Illustration I 3
ART 2100 History of Graphic Design 3
ART 2110 Page Layout 3
ART 2130 Digital Imaging & Illustration 3

HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102

U.S. History to 1877 or
U.S. History since 1877 or
U.S. History since 1945 or
History of Missouri or
American Government or
State & Local Government
3
FOURTH SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH

ART 1300

3-D Design 3
ART 2140 Web Design 3
ART 2800 or
ART 2810
Black & White Photo I or 
Digital Photo
3
ART 2700 Intro to Printmaking 3
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM, PHY 3
FIFTH SEMESTER 12
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
ART 2160 Video Production 3
ART 2170 Motion Graphics 3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices (capstone) 3

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