Graphic Communications, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec

Students gain graphic design fundamentals using basic graphic design materials to learn such skills as lettering, drawing for graphics layout, advertising design, illustration and computer graphics.

Graduates of the graphics communications program will have the creative and conceptual skills necessary to, and be ready for, entry-level employment and beyond in a variety of visual communication settings. Skill areas are applicable to graphic designers, illustrators, computer artists, layout artists, animators, display artists, cartoonists, package designers, production artists and artists working in digital forms of visual communication.

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Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or COM 107 Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
AT 242History of Graphic Communications3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
XXX xxxScience/Mathematics Requirement6
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
ART 109Drawing I3
ART 107Design I2
ART 108Design II2
AT 106Motion Media Design3
ART 111Figure Drawing I3
ART 131Computer Art Studio3
ART 133Graphic Design I3
ART 134Graphic Design II3
ART 135Graphic Production2
ART 138Drawing for Graphics2
ART 236Typography2
ART 245Portfolio Design and Professional Practices2
Focus Area
Select one focus area from the following: 14-15
Graphic and Interactive Design
Illustration and animation design
Total Credit Hours64-65

Focus Areas

Graphic and Interactive Design

ART 233Graphic Design III3
ART 234Graphic Design IV3
AT 135Web Design I3
AT 143Web Design II3
Approved Electives (see list)3
Total Credit Hours15

Illustration and Animation Design

ART 112Figure Drawing II3
AT 233Storyboarding/Animatics2
or Approved Elective (see list)
ART 239Illustration I3
AT 234Fundamentals of Animation3
ART 240Illustration II3
or AT 235 Animation Techniques: Digital 2D
or Approved Elective (see list)
Total Credit Hours14

Approved Electives

AT 108Computer Painting and Drawing: Corel Painter3
AT 120Computer Drawing I: Illustrator3
AT 135Web Design I3
AT 143Web Design II3
AT 1463D Modeling I: Surface Modeling3
AT 175Video Art I3
AT 204Comic Book Illustration I3
AT 205Dimensional Illustration I3
AT 2063D Miniature Studio Set Design3
AT 207Digital Illustration3
AT 208Fantasy Illustration I3
AT 233Storyboarding/Animatics2
AT 234Fundamentals of Animation3
AT 235Animation Techniques: Digital 2D3
AT 246Advanced Computer Art Applications3
AT 276Photo Imaging II: Photoshop3
AT 282Workplace Learning: Graphic Communications1-3
AT 195Special Topics in Graphic Design1-3
AT 284Special Topics in Illustration1-3
AT 238Special Topics in Animation1-3
ART 110Drawing II3
ART 112Figure Drawing II3
ART 114Painting I3
ART 125Interactive Design I3
ART 165Photography I3
ART 172Digital Photography3
ART 221Page Layout: Quark/InDesign3
ART 224Package Design2
ART 233Graphic Design III3
ART 234Graphic Design IV3
ART 239Illustration I3
ART 240Illustration II3
ART 249Digital Photography II3
ART 275Photo Imaging I: Photoshop3
ART 280Final Cut3

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Graphic and Interactive Design

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 109 Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3Reading Proficiency.
ART 107 Design I2Reading Proficiency.
ART 111 Figure Drawing I3Reading Proficiency.
ART 131 Computer Art Studio3Reading Proficiency.
ART 133 Graphic Design I3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Credit Hours17
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 138 Drawing for Graphics2ART 107, ART 109 and ART 111 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 134 Graphic Design II3ART 107, ART 131 and ART 133 all with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 135 Graphic Production2ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
ART 108 Design II2ART 107 and Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective Designated as Civics3  
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 106 Motion Media Design3 ART 131 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 236 Typography2ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
ART 233 Graphic Design III3 ART 108 and ART 134 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
AT 135 Web Design I3ART 131 and ART 133 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Science/Mathematics Requirement3  
Science/Mathematics Requirement3  
Credit Hours17
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 234 Graphic Design IV3ART 135 and ART 233 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
AT 143 Web Design II3 AT 135 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 245 Portfolio Design and Professional Practices2Permission of program coordinator based upon review of body of work and Reading Proficiency.
AT 242 History of Graphic Communications3Reading Proficiency.
ART Elective3  
Physical Education Elective1  
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours65

Illustration and Animation Design

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 109 Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3Reading Proficiency.
ART 107 Design I2Reading Proficiency.
ART 111 Figure Drawing I3Reading Proficiency.
ART 131 Computer Art Studio3Reading Proficiency.
ART 133 Graphic Design I3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Credit Hours17
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 138 Drawing for Graphics2ART 107, ART 109 and ART 111 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 134 Graphic Design II3ART 107, ART 131 and ART 133 all with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 135 Graphic Production2ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
ART 108 Design II2ART 107 and Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
or College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective Designated as Civics3  
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 106 Motion Media Design3 ART 131 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 236 Typography2ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
ART 239 Illustration I3ART 131 with a minimum grade of "C" and prior or concurrent enrollment in ART 138 with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency.
ART 112 Figure Drawing II3ART 111 and Reading Proficiency.
AT 233
or Approved Elective
Storyboarding/Animatics
or
2ART 111 and ART 131 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Science/Mathematics Requirement3  
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 242 History of Graphic Communications3Reading Proficiency.
AT 234 Fundamentals of Animation3ART 111 and ART 131 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 245 Portfolio Design and Professional Practices2Permission of program coordinator based upon review of body of work and Reading Proficiency.
ART 240
or AT 235
or Approved Elective
Illustration II
or Animation Techniques: Digital 2D
or
3ART 239 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Science/Mathematics Requirement3  
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours64

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