AA, Graphic Arts and Media Technology

Graphic Design Track

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  TMCC has transfer agreements with the following institutions.

  • Great Basin College 
  • Nevada State College
  • University of Nevada, Reno

The Associate of Arts, Graphic Arts & Media Technology, Graphic Design Track offers classes that lead to transfer to a four-year institution. 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. 


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
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
Track Requirements 4
IMPORTANT: Please see Graphic Communications Faculty Adviser for sequencing of track requirements.
ART 141Introduction to Digital Photography3
GRC 153Commercial Printing Processes3
GRC 175Web Design I3
GRC 200Design Thinking & Methodologies3
GRC 210Typography I3
GRC 220Graphic Design I3
Elective Requirements6
Choose two courses from the following.
Marketing Principles
Any other 100, 200 or 300 level GRC course.
Any other 100 or 200 level ART or VIS course.
Total Units60
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
ART 141 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
English 5 3
Fine Art 5 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
GRC 175 Web Design I 3
GRC 210 Typography I 3
MKT 210 Marketing Principles 3
Social Science/U.S. Nevada Constitutions 3
Science 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
GRC 153 Commercial Printing Processes 3
GRC 220 Graphic Design I 3
Elective 3
Humanities/Diversity 3
Science 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60