Associate of Applied Science | 65 credits minimum
Visual Art & Design Division
South City Campus
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-3361
Academic and Career Advising
See program website
Visual Art & Design Department Concurrent Enrollment Liaison(s)
Trudy Richardson - Concurrent Enrollment Liaison, Instructor, BFA Drawing & Painting
Students with an aptitude in creative problem solving, drawing, design, photography and/or computer related visual communication should consider this rapidly expanding and competitive field. The Visual Art & Design Department allows students to specialize in the following areas: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia, Photography, Web Design, and Graphic Communications Technologies.
Students who elect to pursue an AAS Degree in Illustration will prepare themselves for entry level work for traditional and computer illustration. Students who are preparing for this area of specialization should acquire a high level of drawing skill.
Students can develop a diverse portfolio of original imagery created in various traditional and digital media so students can compete for assignments and staff positions in editorial illustration (including book illustration), advertising illustration, web illustration, and the digital game development industry. Students should understand that it generally takes between 3-5 years to hone a personal, recognizable illustration style and to establish a viable illustration practice.
This AAS Degree is currently not transferable to four year institutions; however, some of the General Education components are transferable. The Visual Art & Design Department is committed to general and pre- professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis. Students desiring to transfer to a four-year institution in Illustration should contact the Associate Dean’s Office - Division of Visual Art & Design..
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
A minimum cost for course lab fees is $300.
In addition to tuition and fees, Illustration students may expect to pay at least $1,000 for books and supplies needed for classes, projects and portfolio development in this two-year program.
Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.
Program Entry Requirements
Required: High School Diploma or equivalent.
Recommended: Artistic and technical aptitude, familiarity with traditional drawing, computers, and Photoshop.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes
||Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
8 - Develop lifelong wellness
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and elements of design, visual and conceptual theories and processes of composition for design, and use of critical and symbolic thinking to communicate visually.
|1, 2, 4, 6
Demonstrate proficiency in drawing within a studio (real life) setting and situation, controlling traditional illustration wet and dry media, handling and applying digital illustration applications and programs, and employing photography for illustrative ends.
|1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Demonstrate proficiency in representational drawing capabilities, stylistic or interpretive drawing pursuits (cartoons/caricatures), and human or figurative drawing, from life, printed reference and mental imagery.
|1, 3, 4, 6
Demonstrate a comprehension of, and tangible evidence of, commercial art as a career pursuit, in creating a personal work presentation (portfolio), attending guest artist lectures, workshops and presentations by visiting galleries, through researching business requirements and practices, and through civic engagement students can accomplish a diverse portfolio that reflects cultural, promotional, and service goals.
|1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
General Education Requirements
Composition (EN) 1 course
Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course
Communication (CM) 1 course
Human Relations (HR) 1 course
RECOMMENDED Distribution course for Illustration students
- Any distribution designated course
Required Courses (48 credits)
Elective Courses (3 credits)
Select from the following:
Students will be required to complete two elective courses which can either be two or three credits each.
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 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.
NOTE: Students or professionals wishing to register for a class in which a prerequisite class is required but has not been taken, should contact the instructor about acquiring possible approval to register for the class.
Students should check the semester class schedule on the Internet at www.slcc.edu 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 recommended sequence.
Not all Visual Art and 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 instructor before registering for the class. Students wishing to audit any Visual Art & Design (ART) class without officially completing a prerequisite class (with a ‘C’ grade or better) must obtain signed permission from the instructor or email authorization 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.
All students enrolled in the 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.
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
For information about Student Resources such as Academic Links, Learning/Tutoring, Financial Information, General Resources, Services for Students, Student Life, Health & Recreation, Campus Life and other important information (Disclosures, Student Code of Conduct, Policies/Procedures, and Student Records, etc.) visit: www.slcc.edu/students-current/resources