Graphic Communications, Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Communications, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, and Meramec

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications engages students in a dynamic, workplace-oriented, and contemporary design education that stresses innovation and career preparedness. The curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in traditional visual arts, use of current design technology, the development of research-based creative solutions, and a human-centered design approach. Students learn creative problem-solving methods and complete complex projects that satisfy the needs of theoretical and real-world client-based challenges.

Graduates of the Graphic Communications program will develop the creative and conceptual capabilities necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of design and communications industries. Careers and professional expertise areas in the vast and evolving field include: graphic design, illustration, web design, motion design and animation, interactive design, package and product design, production artist, and digital media specialist.

The Florissant Valley and Meramec campuses offer complete programs; select courses are offered at the Forest Park and Wildwood campuses.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate excellence in traditional drawing and digital rendering.
  2. apply design principles of scale, proportion, rhythm, contrast, emphasis, and unity.
  3. demonstrate knowledge of design industry history, standards, tools, and trends.
  4. apply conceptual thinking to generate creative solutions that solve design problems.
  5. demonstrate proficient use of art and design industry-standard software.
  6. defend design concepts in the critique process using professional presentation methods.
  7. prepare finalized designs composed in a comprehensive portfolio for print and electronic publication.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

Program of Study

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)
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
XXX xxx Natural Science with MOTR designation / Mathematics Requirement (MTH 161 preferred or above 100)6
Program Requirements
ART 109Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3
ART 140Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 111Figure Drawing I3
ART 131Computer Art Studio3
ART 133Graphic Design I3
ART 134Graphic Design II3
AT 207Motion Media Design3
ART 236Typography3
AT 242History of Graphic Communications3
ART 245Portfolio Design and Workplace Preparation3
Focus Area
Select one focus area from the following: 15
Graphic and Interactive Design
Illustration and Animation Design
Total Credit Hours60

Focus Areas

Graphic and Interactive Design

AT 235Advanced Motion and Interactive Design3
or AT 246 Advanced Computer Art Applications
ART 233Graphic Design III3
ART 234Graphic Design IV3
AT 135Web Design I3
AT 143Web Design II3
Total Credit Hours15

Illustration and Animation Design

ART 138Drawing and Rendering for Graphics3
ART 239Editorial and Commercial Illustration3
AT 233Concept Development for Animation3
AT 234Fundamentals of Animation3
AT 235Advanced Motion and Interactive Design3
or ART 240 Digital Illustration
Total Credit Hours15
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 140 Two-Dimensional Design3Reading Proficiency
ART 131 Computer Art Studio3Reading Proficiency
ART 133 Graphic Design I3Reading Proficiency
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 109 Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3Reading Proficiency
ART 134 Graphic Design II3ART 140, ART 131, and ART 133 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
ART 111 Figure Drawing I3Reading Proficiency
Social and Behavioral Science: Civics Requirement3  
MOTR Science/ Math Requirement3 MTH 161 preferred or above 100
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 236 Typography3ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
AT 135 Web Design I3ART 131 and ART 133 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 233 Graphic Design III3ART 134 with grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
AT 143 Web Design II3AT 135 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
AT 207 Motion Media Design3ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
AT 242 History of Graphic Communications3Reading Proficiency
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
or Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
3ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 234 Graphic Design IV3ART 233 and ART 236 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
AT 235 Advanced Motion and Interactive Design
or Advanced Computer Art Applications
3ART 233 or AT 233 with minimum grade of “C” and Reading Proficiency
ART 245 Portfolio Design and Workplace Preparation3ART 236 and ART 134 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
MOTR Science/ Math Requirement3  
Credit Hours12
Total Credit Hours60
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 140 Two-Dimensional Design3Reading Proficiency
ART 131 Computer Art Studio3Reading Proficiency
ART 133 Graphic Design I3Reading Proficiency
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 109 Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3Reading Proficiency
ART 134 Graphic Design II3ART 140, ART 131, and ART 133 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
ART 111 Figure Drawing I3Reading Proficiency
Social and Behavioral Science: Civics Requirement3  
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
or Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
3ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 236 Typography3ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
ART 138 Drawing and Rendering for Graphics3ART 140 and ART 109 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 239 Editorial and Commercial Illustration3ART 131 with a minimum grade of "C" and prior or concurrent enrollment in ART 138 and ART 111 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
AT 233 Concept Development for Animation3ART 111 and ART 131 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
AT 207 Motion Media Design3ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency
AT 234 Fundamentals of Animation3ART 111 and ART 133 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
MOTR Science/ Math Requirement3 MTH 161 preferred or above 100
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 242 History of Graphic Communications3Reading Proficiency
AT 235 Advanced Motion and Interactive Design
or Digital Illustration
3ART 233 or AT 233 with minimum grade of “C” and Reading Proficiency
ART 245 Portfolio Design and Workplace Preparation3ART 236 and ART 134 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
MOTR Science/ Math Requirement3 MTH 161 preferred or above 100
Credit Hours12
Total Credit Hours60