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Visual Arts, Graphic Design Specialization AAA

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)

C 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  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
Mathematics or Science Elective (choose 1):
BIO 101 General Biology I
CHM 101 Intro to Chemistry I
ENV 121 General Environmental Science I
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning I
PHY 101 Intro to Physics I
3-4 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (choose 1):
HIS 101 Survey of Western Civilization I
HIS 102 Survey of Western Civilization II
HIS 111 Survey of World Civilization I
HIS 112 Survey of World Civilization II
HIS 121 United States History I
HIS 122 United States History II
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
3   See Note 2
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3    
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3    
ART 121 Drawing I 3    
ART 122 Drawing II 3 ART 121  
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 3    
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 3    
ART 130 Introduction to Multimedia 4 ART 131 or ART 132  
ART 180 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3    
Art Elective (choose 1):
ART 250 History of Design
ART 203 Animation I
ART 208 Video Techniques
PHT 135 Electronic Darkroom
PHT 164 Intro to Digital Photography
Communication Studies and Theatre Elective (choose 1):
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking
CST 110 Intro to Communication
CST 114 Survey of Mass Media
CST 221 Public Relations
CST 295 Writing Across Media
Photography or Film Elective (choose 1):
ART 204 Animation II
ART 208 Video Techniques
PHT 105 Basic Photography
PHT 110 History of Photography
PHT 135 Electronic Darkroom
PHT 164 Intro to Digital Photography
PHT 264 Digital Photography II
ART 141 Typography I Offered Fall only 3    
ART 217 Electronic Graphic Design I 4 ART 180  
ART 218 Electronic Graphic Design II Offered Spring only 4 ART 217  
ART 291 Computerized Graphic Design I Offered Spring only 4    
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 62-63  


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. Students should meet with their academic advisor to determine the best option to meet their goals.
  3. Student must develop a portfolio during their last semester of study.
  4. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  5. 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.

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Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Midlothian: 804-594-1509


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