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Degree Plans - Visual Communications - Visual Communications AAS (Archived)

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(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.




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


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)



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


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)
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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