Graphic Communications, AAS

Graphic Design Track

The Associate of Applied Science, Graphic Communications, offers classes that lead to the completion of a professional, industry-based AAS degree. The Graphic Design Track develops skills and knowledge in areas of creative problem solving, research and design thinking, design history, typography and layout using technologies for a variety of print and screen-based media. 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.

Outcomes

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.
  • Develop and assemble a portfolio of work that will illustrate and communicate their visual design skills at a professional level.

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity[3]
Recommended:
History of the Built Environment 1
Communications/English6
Recommended:
Business English (English)
Business Speech Communications (Communications)
Fundamentals of Speech Communications (Communications)
Composition I (Communications or English)
Composition II (Communications or English)
Technical Communications I (Communications or English)
Composition I for International Students (Communications or English)
Composition II For International Students (Communications or English)
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Recommended:
History of the Built Environment
Human Relations3
Recommended:
Leadership and Human Relations
Educational, Career, and Personal Development
Mathematics3
Recommended:
Applied Business Math
Fundamentals of College Mathematics
Science3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Recommended:
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements 2
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
GRC 294Portfolio Workshop3
Graphic Design Track Requirements 2
GRC 153Commercial Printing Processes4
GRC 175Web Design I3
GRC 210Typography I3
GRC 220Graphic Design I3
Electives - choose three classes 29
Any other 100 or 200 level GRC classes (3-6 credits)
Any other 100 or 200 level ART class (3 credits)
Marketing Principles
Total Units61
1

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

2

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 1 3
Math 2 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
GRC 117 Introduction to Motion Graphics 3
GRC 200 Design Thinking & Methodologies 3
GRC/ART/MKT Elective 3 3
Communications 1 3
Fine Arts-Humanities-Social Science/Diversity 2 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
GRC 153 Commercial Printing Processes 4
GRC 210 Typography I 3
GRC/ART/MKT Elective 3 3
Science 1 3
US/NV Constitution 2 3
 Semester Total16
4th semester
GRC 175 Web Design I 3
GRC 220 Graphic Design I 3
GRC 294 Portfolio Workshop 3
GRC/ART/MKT Elective 3 3
Human Relations 2 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units61
1

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.

2

See program recommendations or requirements.

3

See Graphic Communications Faculty Adviser for graphic communications elective requirements.