2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Visual Communications
Degree Plan: Visual Communications AAS

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

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 60 credit hours that include a common core of academic courses and a selection of technical courses based on three 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.

Interactive Media 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.

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 1353 Computer Illustration 3
ARTC 1305 Basic Graphic Design 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3


ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTS 1304 Art History II OR 3
ARTC 2311 History of Communication Graphics (3)
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I OR 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra (3)
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3



BUSI 1301 Business Principles 3
ARTC 1359 Visual Design for New Media OR 3
ARTC 1392 Special Topics in Design and Visual Communications (3)
Track (A, B, or C) Course 1 3
Track (A, B, or C) Course 2 3
++Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3


Track (A, B, or C) Course 3 3
Track (A, B, or C) Course 4 3
Track (A, B, or C) Course 5 3
ARTC 2335 Portfolio Development for Graphic Design OR 3
ARTC 2380 Cooperative Education-Commercial and Advertising Art (3)
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++Social/Behavioral Science Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Social/Behavioral Science.

Choose Specialty Track courses A, B, or C 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 ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
5 MRKG 2349 Advertising and Sales Promotion OR 3
5 ARTC 2340 Computer Illustration II (3)

Track B - Interactive Media (Degree Plan Code: AAS.VC.INTER.MEDIA)

1 IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
2 IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
3 ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
4 ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
5 ARTV 2341 Advanced Digital Video OR 3
5 IMED 2313 Project Analysis and Design (3)

Track C - Web Design (Degree Plan Code: AAS.VC.WEB.DESIGN)

1 IMED 1316 Web Design I 3
2 IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
3 ARTC 2317 Typographic Design 3
4 IMED 2315 Web Design II 3
5 ITSE 1301 Web Design Tools OR 3
5 ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II (3)

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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