Graphic Communications, Associate in Fine Arts Degree

Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec

This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year art school or the University of Missouri-St. Louis and earn a bachelor of fine arts degree. The program includes concept origination and development; use of computers; logos, point-of-purchase, package and publication design; printing techniques and processes. Persons interested in this program should possess a strong interest in the visual world and a desire to produce work using traditional as well as non-traditional techniques.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

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

  1. visually express themselves via drawing or illustration.
  2. use basic artist tools and converse in the language of the design industry.
  3. apply design principles of scale, proportion, rhythm, contrast, emphasis and unity to generate visual design solutions and creative problem solve.
  4. communicate ideas both visually and verbally through professional presentation of the design concept and ideas.
  5. develop and apply comprehensive design concepts across different materials.

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)
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
XXX xxxScience Elective3
Select one of the following:3-4
Intermediate Algebra (140 level or higher) 1
Science Elective
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
ART 107Design I2
ART 108Design II2
ART 109Drawing I3
ART 110Drawing II3
ART 111Figure Drawing I3
ART 112Figure Drawing II3
ART 131Computer Art Studio3
ART 133Graphic Design I3
ART 134Graphic Design II3
ART 138Drawing for Graphics2
ART 239Illustration I3
ART 240Illustration II3
ART 233Graphic Design III3
ART 234Graphic Design IV3
ART 245Portfolio Design and Professional Practices2
ART 135Graphic Production2
ART 236Typography2
AT 242History of Graphic Communications3
Total Credit Hours65-66

1 It is recommended that students intending to transfer to an undergraduate art program requiring math should verify transfer institution requirements.  Consultation with advisors at the transfer institution is strongly advised. 

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.
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be an activity
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 110 Drawing II3ART 109 and Reading Proficiency.
ART 134 Graphic Design II3ART 107, ART 131 and ART 133 all with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
ART 112 Figure Drawing II3ART 111 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)
3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.COM 101 is recommended
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall 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 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 233 Graphic Design III3 ART 108 and ART 134 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading 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.
Science Elective3  
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 242 History of Graphic Communications3Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
ART 234 Graphic Design IV3ART 135 and ART 233 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
ART 240 Illustration II3ART 239 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.
ART 135 Graphic Production2ART 131 and ART 133 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
MTH 140
or Science Elective
Intermediate Algebra
or
3-4MTH 030 or MTH 040 with grades of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 3 years.
Credit Hours16-17
Total Credit Hours65-66

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.