The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design: Visual Communication is designed for students who plan to enter the field of Design. Program is designed to provide students with training in fine art foundations, design principles, and in computer-generated design including layout, illustrations, typeface, color principles, photographic manipulation, and prepress ready graphic design.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required:
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Introduction to Computer Graphic Art (1) OR
Permission of Department
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Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area.
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education Distribution
Humanities and Fine Arts
Met by ARH110 in Required Courses area.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of computer techniques and art presentation methods. (ADA/ART169)
Create electronic two-dimensional design images using traditional methods of visual problem solving. (ADA/ART169)
Use the computer to produce output-ready graphic designs using appropriate page layout program. (ADA/ART175)
Use the computer to produce and manipulate photographic imagery for print and graphic design production. (ADA/ART177)
Present an historical overview of graphic design and typography including identification of key works in a variety of media, and descriptions of various tools, techniques, and materials used in creating visual communication pieces. (ARH110)
Describe key developments in the history of typography. (ART103)
Use computer generated typography with an understanding of type anatomy and use it effectively in visual communication. (ART103)
Identify the fundamentals of marketing as they apply to the graphic designer. (ART104)
Evaluate various digital marketing tools and methods for our complex marketing segments. (ART104)
Describe the use of digital color and color profiles. (ART114)
Use the computer to conceptualize, visualize and produce art. (ART169, ART175, ART177, ART181)
Use tools of the trade and principles of design to produce layouts, for a variety of graphic design projects. (ART181)
Evaluate goals and objectives and develop a self-promotion package. (ADA/ART248)
Apply communication objectives in interviewing and practice solid business ethics and etiquette. (ADA/ART248)
Develop and use presentation skills for the creation of various portfolio formats. (ADA/ART248)
Use digital prepress concepts and techniques to design, create, and evaluate electronic files for successful output to various devices. (ART291)
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.