Graphic Design A.A.S.

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Graphic Design A.A.S.

Department: Graphic Design

Total Credit Hours: 61 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (16 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Mathematics 3
Communication ENG 101 or English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II 
ENG 115 Technical Writing 
COM 101 or Oral Communications 3
COM 104 or Small Group Communication
COM 106 or Public Speaking
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
Social Sciences HIS 101 or US History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or US History since 1877 
HIS 103 or African American History to 1877
HIS 104 or African American History Since 1877
POL 101 American Government 
Natural Science CHM 101 or Introduction to Chemistry 3
BIO 105 or Essentials of Biology
BIO 108 or Trends in Science
BIO 110 or Human Biology
BIO 122 or Environmental Science
PHE 240 or Nutrition for Weight Management
PHY 105 or Environmental Geology
PHY 130 or Astronomy
OTA 115 or Kinesiology/Functional A&P
OTA 116 Applied A&P in Health and Disease
College 101 Requirement COL 101 College Success Seminar 1
Art Core Course Requirements (24 credits)
ART 1105 Digital Art Studio 3
ART 1200 2-D Design 3
ART 1205 Color Theory 3
ART 1300 3-D Design 3
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1500 Survey of Western Art History I 3
ART 1505 Survey of Western Art History II 3
Graphic Design Core Course Requirements (15 credits)
ART 2110 Visualization & Layout 3
ART 2120 Typography 3
ART 2130 Digital Imaging & Illustration 3
ART 2810 Digital Photo I 3
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices (capstone) 3
Elective Course Requirements (6 credits) Choose 2
ART 2100 History of Graphic Design 3
ART 2140 Web Design 3
ART 2160 Animation & Motion Graphics 3
ART 2170 Video Production 3
ART 2310 Figure Drawing 3
ART 2700 Printmaking 3
ART 2860 Studio Ligthing 3
ART 2870 Event Photography 3
ART 2830 Digital Photo II 3
ART 2900 Illustration & Sequential Art 3
Or any Visual ART/CPM course may be substituted with Chair permission
Total Required Hours: 61 credits

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 show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. 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 $47,640 and $82,020 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
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.

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