Graphic Design A.A.S.

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Graphic Design A.A.S.

Department: Graphic Design

Total Credit Hours: 72 credits

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General Education Requirements (24 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Math 3
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing 
ENG 125 or Business Writing 
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 
HIS 270 or History of Missouri
POL 101 or American Government
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology Course 3
Any CHM or 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 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  3
ART 2810 Digital Photo I
ART 2900 Illustration I 3
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices (capstone) 3
Total Required Hours: 72 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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