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AA Degree in Graphic Design or Media Communication

Mount St. Mary's College Associate Arts programs in Graphic Design and Media Communication will prepare the diligent student for a career in a varied world of visual media. These include graphic design, publishing, film and television, and related careers from corporate to freelance. At the end of the two year program, students will be prepared to present a portfolio based upon their choice of Graphic Design or Media Communication that will show competence in publishing, graphic production, visual communication including film, all with an emphasis in visual literacy. A strong foundation in design, competence with computer literacy, a continuous development of drawing skills and the understanding of mass media are central to the programs.

The A.A. Degree Program in Graphic Design or Media Communication Students entering both programs are urged to work with an advisor to plan a two year schedule to clearly understand the best sequencing of courses. Depending on date of entry to the program and students’ interests and goals, students entering the program in the second semester may need to attend summer school to complete the program.

Requirements for the A.A. in Graphic Design

First Year Fall

  • Art I Drawing I (3)
  • Art 2 Design (3)
  • Art 5 Art Fundamentals or any Art History Course (3)

Spring and following semesters

Nine courses from the list below

  • Art 164 Drawing II (3)
  • Art 15 Computer Graphic I (3)
  • Art 1 or 39 Photography I or Documentary Production (3)
  • Art 102 Design II (3)
  • Art 4 or 133 Illustration or Painting I (3)
  • Art 130 Graphic Communications (3)
  • Art 115 or 116 Computer Graphics II or Design for the World Wide Web (3)
  • Art 131 Graphic Production (3)
  • Art 35 Graphic Arts Internship* (1-3)

* Graphic Arts Internship - transfer students from the A.A. program to the B.A. program are not required to take Graphic Arts Internship, Art 35.

Graphic Arts Internship may be taken either Fall and/or Spring of the second year.  In addition, General Studies requirements and electives totaling 60 semester units are needed for the degree.

Requirements for the A.A. in Media Communication

  • Art 1 Drawing I (3)
  • Art 2 Design I (3)
  • Art 10 Photography I (3)
  • Art 15 Computer Graphics I (3)
  • Art 39 Documentary Production (3)
  • Art 102 Design II (3)
  • Art 130 Graphic Communication (3)
  • SOC 5 Sociological Perspectives (3)
  • SOC 33 or 133 Culture, Music and Broadcasting (3)
  • SOC 35 or 135 Mass Media (3)
  • SOC 132 Film and Television (3)
  • PHI 10 or 21 Critical Thinking or Moral Values (3)
  • PHI 167 or 175 or 174 Ethics in Film or Philosophy of Film or
  • Philosophy of Art (3)
  • ART 35* Graphic Arts Internship (1-3)

 

Total of 39 – 42 units plus additional units sufficient to complete the A.A. degree. Note that many of the courses required in the major will also double count for the A.A. degree. * Graphic Arts Internship - transfer students from the A.A. program to the B.A. program are not required to take Graphic Arts Internship, Art 35.