Associate in Applied Science in Digital Arts Digital Arts Track I Digital Illustration

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Digital Arts (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3081
Total Credits Required
62-65
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Use various software applications to create finished artwork, which illustrates understanding of layout, design, typography, and color use in graphics.
  2. Use basic operational systems, digital image manipulation, and computer operations to produce art electronically.
  3. Create and use composition layout theories that incorporate stills, motion, and sound into a visual presentation.
  4. Use a page layout software package to create camera-ready material.
  5. Create and produce Web pages by applying appropriate design, color, and graphics.
  6. Market a product and prepare a portfolio of art and graphics for self-promotion.
  7. Develop additions to different multimedia applications and evaluate them from an end-users perspective for their effectiveness and style.
  8. Design and create original artistic animations and interactive multimedia experiences for delivery in various mediums.
  9. Apply technical competency with a variety of drawing tools.
  10. Use design elements and principles to produce various design projects.
  11. Use basic color theory to execute work.
  12. Operate computer hardware and use appropriate software.
  13. Use graphic input devices and apply the different characteristics of each device on the production of a finished commercial illustration.
  14. Prepare a professional portfolio.
  15. Describe screen percentages, line art, halftone art, and four-color separation processes as related to the computer.
  16. Use various imaging properties of software to accomplish texture smoothing, scaling, shading, and tonal manipulation techniques to alter photographic images electronically.
  17. Compile a professional level drawing portfolio with examples of line, value, texture, compositional theory, human form, and animation storyboards.
  18. Prepare and present quality finished photographs demonstrating aesthetic control of exposure, development, and printing techniques.
  19. Produce photographs that demonstrate principles of composition and design.
  20. Perform procedures of image manipulation through changes of resolution, mode selection, and image adjustment.
  21. Describe the process involved in the creation of works of art in one artistic discipline.
  22. Use computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and advanced digital photography techniques.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program 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 program. 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.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART100 Introduction to Computer Graphic Art RC 1
ART111 Drawing I RC 3
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design RC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area ARH101 OR ARH102 recommended courses HU 3
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area FYC 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART116 Life Drawing I Course offered in Spring only RE 3
ART169 Two-Dimensional Computer Design RE 3
ART122 Drawing and Composition II RE 3
First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 Color RC 3
ART177 Computer-Photographic Imaging RC 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography RC 3
ART202 Digital Arts Survey RC 3
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communications area COM 3
CRE101 or
CRE111
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Critical Reading for Business and Industry CR 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART270 Intermediate Computer Photographic Imaging RE 3
ART255 or
(ART255AA and
ART255AB and
ART255AC)
Art Marketing or (Self Promotion and The Portfolio and Marketing Fine Art) RC 3
ART289 Computer Illustration RE 3
ART290AC Studio Art RC 3
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area MA 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4

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Disclaimer

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.

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 program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Digital Arts (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125827).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Digital Arts Track I Digital Illustration program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019