Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog

Visual Art & Design - Graphic Design AAS: Full-time

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Plan of Study 2020-2021

The following is a plan of requirements to complete this Associate of Applied Science degree in 2 years. Each student’s experience will vary slightly, as this plan does not include transfer work, Advanced Placement (AP), or other institutions’ concurrent enrollment credits. Math and English placement will be based on the student’s appropriate placement scores. If developmental courses are required, they should be taken in the student’s first semester.

NOTE: This plan assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with the Academic Program Advisor and consult DegreeWorks for specific degree requirements.

First Year

Fall Semester (15 credits)   Spring Semester (16-17 credits)
ART 1110 Foundation I Drawing  -  3 credits         ART 1150 Art Foundation Seminar (HR)  -  2 credits    
ART 1120 Design  -  3 credits     ART 1230 Typography & Layout  -  3 credits    
ART 1135 Printing Fundamentals  -  3 credits     ART 2412 Illustrator Software  -  3 credits    
ART 1200 InDesign Software  -  3 credits     ART 2200 Advanced InDesign Software  -  2 credits  or  
ART 1210 Math for Visual Arts (QS)  -  3 credits  or       ART 1310 Photography 1  -  3 credits    
    MATH 1010 Intermediate Algebra (QS)  -  4 credits  or   ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing (EN)  -  3 credits    
    MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (QL)  -  3 credits     ☐ COMM 1010 Elements of Effective Communication (CM)  -  3 credits    
► Progress Check: Log in and check your Degree Audit via MySLCC   ► Progress Check: Meet with Academic Program Advisor  

Second Year

Fall Semester (18 credits)   Spring Semester (15 credits)
ART 1260 Figure Drawing  -  3 credits     ART 1070 Creative Printmaking (FA)  -  3 credits    
ART 1280 Photoshop Software  -  3 credits     ART 2070 Graphic Design Portfolio Development  -  3 credits    
ART 2010 History of Graphic Design  -  3 credits     ART 2110 Foundation II  -  3 credits    
ART 2220 Advanced Design  -  3 credits     ART 2240 Package Design  -  3 credits    
ART 2230 Advanced Typography & Layout  -  3 credits     ART 2280 Advertising Workshop  -  3 credits    
ART 2120 eDesign & Publishing  -  3 credits  or      
    ART 2440 Web Site Design  -  3 credits        
► Progress Check: Apply for Graduation      

Advising Notes

Flexible Summer Semester & Classes Offered All Semesters
A Flexible Semester in Summer may be used should a student desire fewer classes in the previous Fall & Spring Semesters or should they need to retake a class. This Flexible Semester would aid students in keeping on track for graduation. Graphic Design & Communications program faculty can assist students interested in taking  summer classes. Please visit the program website for program faculty contact information:

The following classes are offered ALL SEMESTERS* – Fall, Spring & Summer:

*Dependent upon enrollment.

Preparatory and Prerequisite Courses
Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. All prerequisite courses required for Visual Art & Design (ART) classes must be completed with a C or better grade in order to continue in the program. A student may be dropped from a class if the prerequisite has not been completed. If progress is not deemed satisfactory, students will be counseled and/or given probationary status.

Professionals Wishing to Register for a Class With a Prerequisite
Students or professionals wishing to register for a class in which a prerequisite course is required but has not been taken should contact the department office about acquiring possible approval to register for the class.

Scheduling of Classes
Students should check the semester class schedule on the Internet at for availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment. Required departmental classes are not offered every semester. To graduate in two years, students are encouraged to follow the suggested program schedule outlined above.

Auditing Visual Art & Design Courses
Not all Visual Art & Design (ART) classes may be audited. This is especially true for any Visual Art & Design class that has a prerequisite (see course catalog for list of prerequisite classes). Auditing a prerequisite course does not guarantee that the student has mastered the required skills needed for the next level class. Some Visual Art & Design classes that have a prerequisite may be audited if the student can demonstrate an appropriate skill level to the department before registering for the class. Students wishing to audit any Visual Art & Design (ART) class without officially completing a prerequisite class (with a C or better grade) must obtain written permission and a prerequisite override from the department office before registering for the class. Visual Art & Design (ART) classes that do not have a prerequisite may be audited as per the Auditing Classes guidelines listed in the SLCC catalog.

SkillsUSA, Clubs, & Organizations
All students enrolled in any Visual Art & Design program automatically become members of SkillsUSA, sponsor of the Professional Development Program (PDP). This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, problem solving and skills necessary for employment. Students are encouraged to participate in competitions in their area of specialization. More information can be found at

For information on clubs or organizations within the Visual Art & Design Department, contact the advisor or instructors in the individual areas of specialization.

Additional Program Notes
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