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2016-2017 Catalog 
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Arts and Sciences Transfer, Arts and Humanities, Fine Arts, Visual Design (Web and Graphic) Option, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A. (code AA.ART.VSL-DSGN)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 credit hours.

Purpose: Prepares students for transfer to a four-year design program. After graduation from a transfer institution, students will be eligible for various positions in the web or graphic design industry. Students will take foundation art courses in design, color, drawing, art history and portfolio development, enroll in general education courses necessary to graduate from a transfer institution, and take introductory web and graphic design courses.

It is recommended that students work closely with the Visual Arts faculty to identify potential transfer programs that will provide education in specific areas of interest. It is also recommended that students consult with four-year schools prior to earning an AA since transfer agreements can change.

Range of Occupation

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


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General Education Requirements: 31-37 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Technology or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Students may want to select a general education course that also satisfies the computer competency requirement if it has not been otherwise fulfilled through ART 106 . See Computer Competency Requirement below.

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Must select two different disciplines. See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Program Requirements: 23-29 credits

ART/CTP Electives (select 2-4 from the following with approval of department chair): 6-12 credits

Students transferring to UMBC should consider ART 160  as an elective.

Electives (with approval of department chair): 0-3 credits

Recommend students select an ART/CTP elective listed above.

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

ART 106  meets this requirement. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, biological and physical sciences, health/fitness/wellness general education requirements or elective requirements.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to Transfer Services

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding and an ability to manipulate the elements of design using the principles of design.
  • Demonstrate growth and maturation in personal artistic expression.
  • Skillfully use different media to solve design problems.
  • Express a personal and/ or client’s point of view.
  • Effectively use new technologies to express visual ideas.
  • Use math in formatting for print.
  • Research a topic in art and present a thoughtful analysis of the information gleaned from the research.
  • Appraise the primary historical periods and cultural trends in art and graphic design.
  • Think critically and use that skill to talk and write about art and design.
  • Develop a professional portfolio of work, suitable to present at interviews for both transfer and job-related activities.
  • Communicate with a client about design projects.
  • Develop client-based design work in cooperation with the client.
  • Appraise typography and word usage within design.
  • Investigate different graphic formats.
  • Investigate designing for different platforms and devices.
  • Prioritize information and lead the viewer to multiple areas of information.
  • Write script for web pages.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.