Associate of Applied Science - Graphic Communications

Location: RDMT 334U
Phone: 775-673-7291
Fax: 775-674-4853

Degree Outcomes

The graphic communications (GRC) program offers classes that lead to an associate degree or a certificate of achievement. Instruction includes the use of industry standard graphics software, and GRC computer labs are equipped with the latest Apple computers with support scanners, printers, a sound recording facility and a complete prepress/print shop facility. The program instructs in areas including; graphic design, advertising design, print production, web design, videography, and motion graphics.

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
History of the Built Environment 1
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
History of the Built Environment
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Educational, Career, and Personal Development
Applied Business Math
Fundamentals of College Mathematics
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements
GRC 107Design Fundamentals4
GRC 109Color and Design4
GRC 110Drawing and Illustration4
GRC 118Computer Graphics/Print Media4
GRC 119Digital Media4
GRC 294Portfolio Workshop2
Emphasis Requirements
Select 17 units from the following:17
Basic Principles of Animation
Electronic Layout and Typography
Commercial Printing Processes
Design with Illustrator
Web Design and Publishing I
Digital Video Production
Design with Photoshop
Web Animation and Interactivity I
Electronic Layout and Typography II
Web Design II
Motion Graphics for Video
Electronic Imaging II
3D Modeling and Animation
Internship in Graphic Communications
Special Problems in Graphic Communications
Independent Study
Total Units60

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

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
English 2 3
GRC 107 Design Fundamentals 4
GRC 109 Color and Design 4
GRC 110 Drawing and Illustration 4
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Communications 2 3
Science 2 3
Mathematics 2 3
GRC 118 Computer Graphics/Print Media 4
GRC 119 Digital Media 4
 Semester Total17
3rd semester
Select 4 Emphasis courses 3 12
Humanities/Diversity 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Emphasis 3 5
Human Relations 2 3
GRC 294 Portfolio Workshop 2
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


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