Graphic Design A.A.S.

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Graphic Design A.A.S.

Department: Graphic Design

Total Credit Hours: 72 credits

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.

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 interactive design, video editing, computer animation, print production, etc. This degree encompasses all current and near-future baseline skills required by graphic employers and includes information and techniques designed to maximize student’s employ-ability.

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 video.

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.

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.

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

Unlike other forms of employment, many graphic designers require very little on-the-job training to get started with their career.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (24 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Math 3
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II or 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or
ENG 125 or Business Writing or
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO Any Biology Course 3
Any CHM Any Chemistry Course
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course
Humanities ART 2100 History of Graphic Design 3
Elective ART 2700 Intro to Printmaking 3
Core Course Requirements (48 credits)
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1500 or Survey of Western Art History I or 3
ART 1505 Survey of Western Art History II
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 Black and White Photo I or 3
ART 2810 Digital Photo I
ART 2900 Illustration I 3
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices (capstone) 3
Total Required Hours: 72 credits

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (15 credits)
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1200 2-D Design 3
ART 1500 or Survey of Western Art History I or 3
ART 1505 Survey of Western Art History II
ART 1105 Digital Art Studio 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Second Semester (15 credits)
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1205 Color Theory 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II or 3
ENG 115 Technical Writing
MAT 105 Applied Math or higher 3
ART 2120 Typography 3
Third Semester (15 credits)
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 U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Fourth Semester (15 credits)
ART 1300 3-D Design 3
ART 2140 Web Design 3
ART 2800 or Black & White Photo I or 3
ART 2810 Digital Photo
ART 2700 Intro to Printmaking 3
Any BIO Any Biology Course 3
Any CHM Any Chemistry Course
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course
Fifth Semester (12 credits)
ART 2160 Motion Graphics 3
ART 2170 Video Production 3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices (capstone) 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 72 credits

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