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Degree Plans - Visual Communications (Archived)

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VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree, Tech Prep Enhanced Skills Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: Individual degree plan codes(s) have been assigned to a specific track(s) within this degree plan.

The Visual Communications program is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge, creative and technical skills required for the visual communications industry. The complete course of study provides for the development of creative, conceptual, technical, interpersonal, and communication skills necessary for entry-level positions. The Visual Communication Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded for successful completion of a minimum of 64-66 credit hours that include a common core of academic courses and a selection of technical courses based on four areas of specialization. The degree is designed to be completed in two years. Each specialized track of study is described as follows:

Communication Design prepares students to enter the fields of graphic and Web design, advertising art, desktop publishing, and print production. This track emphasizes concept development as well as technical skills.

Multimedia Communications develops skills and technical knowledge to create multimedia presentations, motion and 3-D graphics, and digital video. This track emphasizes storyboard concept development and technical production.

Visual Journalism integrates writing and design skills for producing clear, effective media packages. This track emphasizes writing and designing newspaper and magazine content, newsletters, press kits, Web pages, and other forms of journalistic communication.

Web Design prepares students for a career in Web design, interface design, and design for applications in e-commerce. This track focuses on visual presentation of Web sites, including concept development, page design, and preparation of graphics and images as well as technical skills required in Web page construction.

CREDIT HOURS

FIRST YEAR

SEMESTER I

ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1309 Basic Illustration 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTS 1311 2-D Design OR 3
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design1 AND (3)
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts (3)
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
15-18

SEMESTER II

ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
ARTC 2311 History of Communication Graphics 3
IMED 1416 Web Design I 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
16

SECOND YEAR

SEMESTER III

ARTC 1359 Visual Design for New Media 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
Track (A, B, C or D) Course 1 3
Track (A, B, C or D) Course 2 3
++Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3
15

SEMESTER IV

Track (A, B, C or D) Course 3 3
Track (A, B, C or D) Course 4 3
Track (A, B, C or D) Course 5 3-4
ARTC 2335 Portfolio Development for Graphic Design OR 3
ARTC 2380 Cooperative Education-Commercial and Advertising Art (3)
MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra (4)
15-17
Minimum Hours Required 61-66

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++Social/Behavioral Science Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Social/Behavioral Science.

1If ARTC 1305 is taken in lieu of ARTS 1311, then a Humanities/Fine Arts Elective must also be taken.

Choose Specialty Track courses A, B, C, or D from the following corresponding tracks:

Track A - Communication Design (Degree Plan Code: AAS.VC.COMM.DES.08)

1 ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II 3
2 ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
3 ARTC 2347 Design Communication II 3
4 IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
5 ARTC 2333 Publication Design OR 3
5 ARTC 2340 Computer Illustration II (3)

Track B - Multimedia Communications (Degree Plan Code: AAS.VC.MULTI.08)

1 IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
2 ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
3 ARTV 1345 3-D Modeling and Rendering I 3
4 ARTC 1374 Visual Storytelling 3
5 IMED 2345 Interactive Digital Media II OR 3
5 ARTV 2341 Advanced Digital Video (3)

Track C - Visual Journalism (Degree Plan Code: AAS.VC.JOURN.08)

1 COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
2 COMM 2311 News Gathering and Writing 3
3 ARTC 2333 Publication Design 3
4 ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
5 COMM 2305 Editing and Layout OR 3
5 ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II (3)

Track D - Web Design (Degree Plan Code: AAS.VC.CREATIVE.08)

1 IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
2 ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
3 IMED 2315 Web Design II 3
4 ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II 3
5 IMED 2345 Interactive Digital Media II OR 3
5 ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Programming (4)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

(Level I Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.VISUAL.COMM.08

The one-year Visual Communications certificate provides basic knowledge about the visual communications industry. The curriculum is designed to familiarize students with design concepts, skills and tools and to provide training for the creative graphics and publishing software used in visual communication fields.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTS 1311 2-D Design OR 3
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design (3)
ARTC 1309 Basic Illustration 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTC 2311 History of Communication Graphics 3
15

SEMESTER II

ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
ARTC 1359 Visual Design for New Media 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
IMED 1416 Web Design I 4
16
Minimum Hours Required 31

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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ENHANCED SKILLS CERTIFICATE

The Visual Communications AAS is a requirement prior to or concurrent with this Enhanced Skills Certificate.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: ES.VISUAL.COMM.O8

The Visual Communications Enhanced Skills Certificate attached to the Visual Communications Associate Degree provides high school graduates in a Tech Prep program the opportunity to acquire advanced skills required by the industry. This certificate is primarily for students who begin our program in their junior and senior years in high school through an affiliated Tech Prep high school.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ARTC 2335 Portfolio Development for Graphic Design OR 3
ARTC 2380 Cooperative Education-Commercial and Advertising Art (3)
Track (A, B, C or D) Elective 3
Track (A, B, C or D) Elective 3
Track (A, B, C or D) Elective 3-4
12-13
Minimum Hours Required 12-13

A student must select one of the Specialized Tracks (Communication Design, Multimedia Communications, Visual Journalism, or Web Design) to be awarded the enhanced skills certificate. Choose Specialized Track courses A, B, C, or D from the following corresponding tracks:

Track A - Communication Design: Elective courses must be selected from the following:

ARTC 2333 Publication Design 3
ARTC 2340 Computer Illustration II 3
ARTC 1374 Visual Storytelling 3
ARTC 1392 Special Topics in Design and Visual Communications 3
ARTV 1345 3-D Modeling and Rendering I 3
ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
IMED 2315 Web Design II 3

Track B - Multimedia Communications: Elective courses must be selected from the following:

ARTC 1392 Special Topics in Design and Visual Communications 3
ARTC 2333 Publication Design 3
ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
ARTC 2340 Computer Illustration II 3
ARTC 2347 Design Communication II 3
ARTV 2341 Advanced Digital Video 3
IMED 2315 Web Design II 3
IMED 2345 Interactive Digital Media II 3

Track C - Visual Journalism: Elective courses must be selected from the following:

ARTC 1374 Visual Storytelling 3
ARTC 1392 Special Topics in Design and Visual Communications 3
ARTC 2340 Computer Illustration II 3
ARTC 2347 Design Communication II 3
ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
COMM 2305 Editing and Layout 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
IMED 2315 Web Design II 3
ARTV 2341 Advanced Digital Video 3

Track D - Web Design: Elective courses must be selected from the following:

ARTC 1374 Visual Storytelling 3
ARTC 1392 Special Topics in Design and Visual Communications 3
ARTC 2333 Publication Design 3
ARTC 2340 Computer Illustration II 3
ARTC 2347 Design Communication II 3
ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
ARTV 1345 3-D Modeling and Rendering I 3
ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
ITSE 1406 PHP Programming 4
ITSE 2413 Web Authoring 4

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS - WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

(Level II Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C2.VC.WEB.DES.DEVL

This curriculum is designed to provide the student with a foundation of the creative, conceptual, technical, interpersonal, and communication skills required for entry-level positions within the web production fields. The complete course of study prepares the student for creative concept development, page design and layout, the preparation of graphics and images, navigation and site architecture, and the technical development of websites. Technical skills prepare students to use (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP/ASP and various graphics and web authoring software applications to develop static, interactive and dynamic web sites. Students also learn programming for web server and database systems as well as multimedia development.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTS 1311 2-D Design OR 3
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design1 AND (3)
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts (3)
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
IMED 1416 Web Design I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
16-19

SEMESTER II

ARTC 1359 Visual Design for New Media OR 3
ITSE 1301 Web Design Tools (3)
IMED 2315 Web Design II OR 3
ITSE 2413 Web Authoring (4)
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
ITSE 1406 PHP Programming 4
ITSE 1303 Introduction to MySQL 3
17-18

SEMESTER III

ITNW 2454 Internet/Intranet Server 4
ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Programming 4
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
IMED 1359 Writing for Digital Media 3
IMED 2409 Internet Commerce 4
18
Minimum Hours Required 51-55

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

1If ARTC 1305 is taken in lieu of ARTS 1311, then a Humanities/Fine Arts Elective must also be taken.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS - WEB DESIGN AND GRAPHICS

(Level I Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.VC.WEB.DES.GRPH

This curriculum is designed to provide the skills necessary for an entry-level position as a Web Designer. Emphasis is upon the visual presentation of websites including concept development, page and navigation design and the preparation of graphics and images as well as the technical skills and software applications required in web page construction.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTS 1311 2-D Design OR 3
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design (3)
ARTC 1309 Basic Illustration 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
IMED 1416 Web Design I 4
16

SEMESTER II

ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
ARTC 1359 Visual Design for New Media 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
IMED 1359 Writing for Digital Media 3
IMED 2315 Web Design II 3
15
Minimum Hours Required 31

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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