Visual Design Option
Associate in Science - Visual and Media Arts Department
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES|
|College Writing I||ENG111||3||ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement|
|College Writing II||ENG112||3||ENG111|
|Individual and Society||From Area 2||3|
|World View||VMA111 satisfies Area 3||3||ENG095 and MAT093 or placement|
|Quantitative Thought||From Area 4||3||MAT097 or placement|
|Scientific View of the World||From Area 5||4|
|Humanities||VMA104 satisfies Area 6||3||ENG095 or placement|
|VMA Freshman Seminar||VMA100 satisfies learning communities requirement||3||ENG095 and MAT093 or placement|
|Visual Design:Composition and Color||VMA102||3||ENG095 and MAT093 or placement|
|Digital Image-Making for Artists and Designers||VMA106 see note*||3||VMA 102|
|History of Graphic Design||VMA114 see note*||3||ENG095 and MAT093 or placement|
|Typography I||VMA132||3||ENG095 and MAT093 or placement|
|Visual Design with HTML and CSS||VMA129||3||VMA132|
|Typography II||VMA133 see note*||3||VMA114 and VMA132|
|Illustration for Designers||VMA135 see note*||3||VMA102 and VMA104|
|Visual Design Lab I||VMA232||3||VMA133 and VMA135|
|Visual Design Lab II||VMA233 see note*||3||VMA232|
|Interactive Design I||VMA275 see note*||3||VMA129|
|Visual Design Portfolio||VMA 290 see note*||3||pre/co-req VMA233|
|Career Elective||See note**||3|
|Career Elective||See note**||3|
*Note: All VMA courses that are pre- or co-requisites of other VMA courses require a grade of C or higher.
**Note: Career Electives: VMA103, VMA207, VMA261, VMA276 or VMA299.
The Associate in Science Degree in Visual Design is intended to prepare students for transfer to 4-year design schools and for entry into the field of visual design. This program is comparable to the first two years of a typical four-year design program. It provides students with rigorous foundation and design courses, and pragmatic experience. Working through the program, students will produce a portfolio of design work that demonstrates their preparedness in industry-standard technical and visual-thinking skills essential for transfer into undergraduate design programs, and entry-level jobs.
Graduates of this program will produce a portfolio of design work demonstrating foundation and entry-level skills and knowledge needed for careers in fields such as: advertising, print and digital book design, editorial design, environmental design, experience design, identity design, illustration, information design, in-house design, interaction design, motion graphics, packaging, print design, product design, typography, UX design, and web design.
Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:
- Approach visual design as a responsive process of problem identification, ideation, and creation.
- Apply design skills in typography, color, image, form, and materials to print and digital media projects.
- Produce portfolio content that is suitable for applying to four-year design programs, internships, and design-related employment.
- Demonstrate proficiency in software applications for drawing, image editing, and layout.
- Use industry standard procedures to produce files and materials for print and digital production.
- Plan and execute projects to meet deadlines and design objectives.
- Practice effective communication and presentation skills necessary to engage in professional visual design practice.
- Engage in creative and analytical discourse about design in order to communicate concepts to colleagues and clients.
- Cultivate habits of life-long learning and creativity.