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Visual Arts, Graphic Design Specialization AAA

Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)

C Career & technical education programs for job training Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees


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 visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 101 Orientation to Visual and Performing Arts Programs 1   SDV 100
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3    
ART 180 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3    
ART 121 Drawing I 3    
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 3    
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3    
ART 122 Drawing II 3 ART 121  
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 3    
ART 130 Introduction to Multimedia 4    
MILESTONE: Complete ART 287 to earn Fine Arts Certificate (See faculty advisor)
Mathematics or Science Elective 3 See Placement Test Scores See Note 2
ART 141 Typography I Offered Fall only 3    
ART 217 Electronic Graphic Design I 4 ART 180  
Art Elective 3   See Note 3
ART 218 Electronic Graphic Design II Offered Spring only 4 ART 217  
ART 291 Computerized Graphic Design I Offered Spring only 4 Majors only – Taken during last semester  
Communications Studies and Theatre Elective 3    
Photography or Film Elective 3    
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3   See Note 4
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 62  


Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities - This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their faculty 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.

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. The mathematics/science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, MTH, NAS and PHY. Students should meet with their faculty advisors to determine the best option.
  3. Students interested in a career in graphic design are strongly encouraged to take ART 250 History of Design and should consult with their faculty advisors.
  4. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY, and SOC.
  5. Related Award – Fine Arts Certificate (C)
  6. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  7. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

2017-2018 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Chester: 804-706-5086
Midlothian: 804-594-1509


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