Graphic Design, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Loudoun

The curriculum is designed for individuals who seek full-time employment in the graphic design field. Job opportunities include graphic designer, art director, illustrator, production artist, package designer and web content developer, among others in the graphic design marketplace.

Equipment and Supplies: Graphic Design students are required to purchase certain basic equipment and materials necessary to achieve professionally oriented objectives. Most of the equipment is purchased in the beginning class, ART 140 Introduction to Graphic Skills, and can be used throughout the two-year program.

Recommended Preparation Information

Proficiency in high school English and a satisfactory aptitude for drawing.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ART 121 Foundations of Drawing 3
ART 131 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 140 Introduction to Graphic Skills 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
1 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 16
2nd Semester
2ART Elective 3
ART 116 Design for the Web I 3
ART 135 Visual Communications 3
ART 141 Typography I 3
Choose One
3ART 251 Communication Design I 3
3PHT 270 Digital Imaging I
Total 15
3rd Semester
ART 142 Typography II 3
ART 217 Graphic Design I 3
ART 265 Graphic Techniques 3
ART 281 Illustration for Designers 3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 3 - 4
Total 15-16
4th Semester
ART 218 Graphic Design II 3
ART 250 History of Design 3
ART 268 Professional Practices in Communication Design 3
ART 287 Portfolio and Resume 3
CST 110 Introduction to Human Communication 3
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 18
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 64-65
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
Foundations of Drawing
ART
121
3
Two-Dimensional Design
ART
131
3
ART
140
3
ENG
111
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
SDV
101
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
1
3
Total 16
2nd Semester
Elective
2ART
3
ART
116
3
ART
135
3
ART
141
3
Choose One
3ART
251
3
3PHT
270
Total 15
3rd Semester
ART
142
3
ART
217
3
ART
265
3
ART
281
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3 - 4
Total 15-16
4th Semester
ART
218
3
ART
250
3
ART
268
3
ART
287
3
Introduction to Human Communication
CST
110
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
5
3
Total 18
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 64-65

1 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

2 Approved ART Electives:  ART 209  is recommended. May also take ART 132, or ART 223 or division approval for other ART courses. For students double majoring in both the Graphic Design and Graphic Design Interactive Specialization A.A.S. degrees there must be a total of 25% difference in ART credits between the degrees.

3 PHT 270 will teach digital imaging from a photography perspective, whereas ART 251 provides a design perspective.

4 Division approval required for substitution. The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

5 See humanities/fine arts courses other than ART listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.