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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Digital Arts program is designed for the student who wishes to develop or enhance multimedia skills in Digital Photography, Digital Illustration, and Graphic Design.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Digital Arts (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Use various software applications to create finished artwork, which illustrates understanding of layout, design, typography, and color use in graphics.
- Use basic operational systems, digital image manipulation, and computer operations to produce art electronically.
- Create and use composition layout theories that incorporate stills, motion, and sound into a visual presentation.
- Use a page layout software package to create camera-ready material.
- Create and produce Web pages by applying appropriate design, color, and graphics.
- Market a product and prepare a portfolio of art and graphics for self-promotion.
- Develop additions to different multimedia applications and evaluate them from an end-users perspective for their effectiveness and style.
- Design and create original artistic animations and interactive multimedia experiences for delivery in various mediums.
- Apply technical competency with a variety of drawing tools.
- Use design elements and principles to produce various design projects.
- Use basic color theory to execute work.
- Operate computer hardware and use appropriate software.
- Use graphic input devices and apply the different characteristics of each device on the production of a finished commercial illustration.
- Prepare a professional portfolio.
- Describe screen percentages, line art, halftone art, and four-color separation processes as related to the computer.
- Use various imaging properties of software to accomplish texture smoothing, scaling, shading, and tonal manipulation techniques to alter photographic images electronically.
- Compile a professional level drawing portfolio with examples of line, value, texture, compositional theory, human form, and animation storyboards.
- Prepare and present quality finished photographs demonstrating aesthetic control of exposure, development, and printing techniques.
- Produce photographs that demonstrate principles of composition and design.
- Perform procedures of image manipulation through changes of resolution, mode selection, and image adjustment.
- Describe the process involved in the creation of works of art in one artistic discipline.
- Use computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and advanced digital photography techniques.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
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Course Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
This degree is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Digital Arts (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125827).