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Visual Arts, Visual Communications Specialization

The Arts at Tyler

The visual and performing arts department at John Tyler has turned out graduates who’ve gone on to become working artists and successful transfer students. Learn more about the arts at Tyler.

Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.)


For students who intend to pursue careers in graphic design. Program coursework allows students to learn techniques specific to computer-generated design and imagery and explore all stages of publication, from creative inception to pre-press. Students are required to prepare portfolios of their work.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3  
ART 111 Introduction to the Arts I 3 ART 180. See Note 1.
ART 121 Drawing I 3  
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
SDV 101 Orientation to Visual & Performing Arts Programs 1 SDV 100
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3  
ART 122 Drawing II 3  
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 3  
ART 133 Visual Arts Foundation 4  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
Total Credits 16  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 141 Typography I 4  
ART 217 Electronic Graphic Design I 4  
ART 250 History of Design 3  
Health or Physical Education Elective 1  
Information Technology Elective 1  
Photography or Film Elective 3 See Note 2.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 218 Electronic Graphic Design II 4  
ART 291 Computerized Graphic Design I 4  
Communication Studies and Theatre Elective 3  
Mathematics/Science Elective 3 See Note 3.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 4.
Total Credits 17  
Total Credits For Program 65  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students without any prior design software experience should select ART 180. Students should consult with their faculty advisors.
  2. Approved ART or CST courses may be used to satisfy the photography or film elective. Students should consult with their faculty advisors.
  3. The mathematics/science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, MTH, NAS and PHY.
  4. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
  5. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  6. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institution for specific direction in program and course selection.  Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: 804-706-5086 (Chester) or 804-594-1509 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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