AA, Graphic Arts and Media Technology

Motion Graphics 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 

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.
  • Develop and assemble a portfolio of work that will illustrate and communicate their visual design skills at a professional level.
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
Track Requirements 4
IMPORTANT: Please see Graphic Communications Faculty Adviser for sequencing of track requirements.
VIS 120Introduction to Animation3
GRC 135Storyboarding3
VIS 213Sound Recording and Design3
GRC 282Motion Graphics for Video3
Choose one of the following:6
Video Production Emphasis
Digital Video Production
Digital Editing
Animation Emphasis
Drawing for Animation
3D Modeling and Texturing
Elective Requirements6
Choose two courses from the following.
Introduction to Screenwriting
Any other 100 or 200 level ART, GRC 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
VIS 120 Introduction to Animation 3
GRC 135 Storyboarding 3
English 5 3
Fine Art 5 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
VIS 213 Sound Recording and Design 3
Emphasis Course 3
ENG/ART/GRC/VIS elective 3
Social Science/U.S. Nevada Constitutions 5 3
Science 5 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
GRC 282 Motion Graphics for Video 3
Emphasis Course 3
ENG/ART/GRC/VIS elective 6 3
Humanities/Diversity 5 3
Science 5 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60