Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design develops the knowledge and skills required in the areas of photography, digital imaging, and graphic design. The coursework includes creating graphic designs, including images, layouts, typography, packaging, motion and interactive graphics, and branding in various print and digital media. This degree prepares students for employment and upgrades the skills of persons employed in occupations such as production artists, graphic designers, freelance artist-designers, and art directors. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Graphic Design is also available.

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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Graphic Design (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3201
Total Credits Required
60-65
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Effective Term
Fall 2020
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

This program replaces:
AAS/3081 Digital Arts
AAS/3684 Media Arts: Graphic Design

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Create complex designs to project specifications, demonstrating professional competence in research, planning, production, and presentation.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills, the creative process, and historical and visual literacy to solve complex visual, technical, and conceptual problems.
  3. Critique design solutions to evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Apply industry standard tools and research to develop effective media, designs, and workflows.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative practices.
  6. Communicate design solutions that meet audience needs and recognize cultural and individual differences.
  7. Create a collection of works (e.g., capstone, internships, and/or portfolio) that reflect professional competency.

Career Opportunities

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.

* 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:

  • 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.

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
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
Mathematics Mathematics Area Critical course MAT14+ recommended for students planning to transfer to a university 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
ART100 Introduction to Digital Arts 1
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I Critical course Gateway course 3
ART111 or
ART116
Drawing I or Life Drawing I 3
ART113 or
ART114
Color or Digital Color 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
ARH101 or
ARH102 or
ARH110
Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art or History of Graphic Design Students who intend to transfer should choose either ARH101 or ARH102 to fulfill the [HU] requirement for transfer H, HU 3
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design 3
ART178 Digital Arts Studies Critical course 3
ADA/ART183 Digital Graphic Arts I Critical course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART/MMT190 or
CIS133DA
Art of Web Site Design or Internet/Web Development Level I 3
ADA/ART248 or
ART255
Design Self Promotion or Art Marketing 3
ART283 Digital Graphic Arts II 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
ART280AA or
ART280AB or
ART280AC
Digital Media Arts and Design Capstone or Digital Media Arts and Design Capstone 1–3
RE Restricted Electives 3
Elective General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete the minimum credits required for this degree. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor. 0–3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART192 Advanced Web Presentation Design 3
ART200 Animation and Interactivity 3
ART210 Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART/THP246 Digital Fabrication 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Mathematics Mathematics Area Critical course MAT14+ recommended for students planning to transfer to a university 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
ART100 Introduction to Digital Arts 1
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
ART111 or
ART116
Drawing I or Life Drawing I 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 or
ART114
Color or Digital Color 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARH101 or
ARH102 or
ARH110
Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art or History of Graphic Design Students who intend to transfer should choose either ARH101 or ARH102 to fulfill the [HU] requirement for transfer H, HU 3
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART178 Digital Arts Studies Critical course 3
ADA/ART183 Digital Graphic Arts I Critical course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
ART283 Digital Graphic Arts II 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART/MMT190 or
CIS133DA
Art of Web Site Design or Internet/Web Development Level I 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART248 or
ART255
Design Self Promotion or Art Marketing 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART280AA or
ART280AB or
ART280AC
Digital Media Arts and Design Capstone or Digital Media Arts and Design Capstone 1–3
Elective General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete the minimum credits required for this degree. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor. 0–3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART192 Advanced Web Presentation Design 3
ART200 Animation and Interactivity 3
ART210 Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART/THP246 Digital Fabrication 3

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

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 academic 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 Graphic Design (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=148557).

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.

Previous catalog years for Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design