Academic Catalog

Visual & Performing Arts

Art and Design Associate in Arts

This degree program emphasizes aesthetics, design and craft using manual and digital mediums. Students will develop their ability to think spatially in two and three dimensions and to use creative problem-solving techniques using images and letter forms. Students will develop a professional portfolio for placement at a four-year university. Designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design; please consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements. Students interested in pursuing the entry level, two-year associate degree or certificate in graphic design should refer to the Graphic Design program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use the vocabulary of the visual arts to express their observations as they perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events, and the environment;
  • Apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art;
  • Analyze the role and development of the visual arts in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and artists;
  • Analyze, assess, and derive meaning from works of art, including their own, according to the elements of art, the principles of design, and aesthetic qualities;
  • Apply what they learn in the visual arts across subject areas; develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills; and identify careers in and related to the visual arts.

Career Opportunities

Advertising Director1
Art Director1
Desktop Publishing
Display Designer
Graphic Designer
Marketing Director1
Package Designer
Web Page Designer


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

ART-120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART-121Painting I3
ART-124Drawing I3
ART-129Three-Dimensional Design3
ART-140Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through Middle Ages3
ART-141Survey of Western ART II: Renaissance through Modern3
Select twelve units from the following:12
Artists and Designers Today
Color Theory
Digital Drawing and Painting
Figure Drawing I
Portraiture and Character Design
Illustration I
Fundamentals of Digital Media
Graphic Design Principles
Adobe Photoshop Digital Imaging
Recommended Electives
Watercolor I
Chicanx Art
Illustration II
Introduction to Business
Professional Business Practices
Professional Digital Photography I
Web Graphics
Web Animation
Digital Illustration
Graphic Design Work Experience
Total Units30

Plus General Education Requirements