Graphic Arts & Media Technology, AA

Graphic Design Track

The Associate of Arts, Graphic Arts & Media Technology, offers classes that lead to transfer to a four-year institution, or entry into TMCC’s Advanced Certificate program. The Motion Graphics Track develops skills and knowledge in areas of motion and time-based media, including storyboarding, video production, sound, traditional and 2D animation techniques, and 3D animation (CGI and special effects). Instruction includes the use of industry standard graphics software, and program computer labs are equipped with the latest Apple computers with support scanners, printers, a sound recording facility and a complete prepress/print shop facility.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Identify and apply historical and current design theories and concepts in the production of visually engaging media that meets the requirements of the graphic communications industry.
  • Acquire a broad skill set in current graphics related technologies, including computer software applications, processes and other production techniques used in the graphic communications industry.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to transfer to a four-year institution.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Introduction to Digital Photography
History of the Built Environment
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
Introduction to American Politics
Additional College Requirements
History of the Built Environment
Foreign Language 20
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3[3]
Introduction to American Politics
Degree Requirements
ART 101Drawing I3
GRC 100Introduction To Graphic Arts and Media Technologies3
GRC 116Introduction to Digital Art & Design3
GRC 117Introduction to Motion Graphics3
GRC 200Design Thinking & Methodologies3
Track Requirements 4
IMPORTANT: Please see Graphic Communications Faculty Adviser for sequencing of track requirements.
GRC 153Commercial Printing Processes4
GRC 175Web Design I3
GRC 210Typography I3
GRC 220Graphic Design I3
Elective Requirements8
Choose three courses from the following.
Any other 100 or 200 level GRC course.
Any other 100 or 200 level ART course.
Marketing Principles
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


Associate of Arts - Graphic Arts & Media Technology is designed to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts at UNR which has a 0-14 credit Foreign Language requirement, check with Academic Advisement for the latest information. This degree is also meant to transfer to the Nevada State College Bachelor of Arts in Visual Media, which has no Foreign Language Requirement.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


See Graphic Communications Faculty Adviser for sequencing of graphic communications requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ART 101 Drawing I 3
GRC 100 Introduction To Graphic Arts and Media Technologies 3
GRC 116 Introduction to Digital Art & Design 3
English 5 3
Mathematics 5 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
GRC 117 Introduction to Motion Graphics 3
GRC 200 Design Thinking & Methodologies 3
Elective 6 3
English 5 3
Fine Art 5 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
GRC 153 Commercial Printing Processes 4
GRC 175 Web Design I 3
Elective 6 2
Social Science/U.S. Nevada Constitutions 3
Science 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
GRC 210 Typography I 3
Elective 3
GRC 220 Graphic Design I 3
Humanities/Diversity 3
Science 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

 See General Education requirements for AA/AS.


 See program recommendations and requirements.