Visual Design, A.A.

The Associate of Arts degree program in Visual Design is designed for students who are interested in transferring to a 4-year university that specializes in professional design practices like Graphic Design, Multimedia, etc. The academic emphasis of the program is for students to develop creative solutions to solve visual problems by combining research, concept, and production. Visualization, research, as well as proficiency in technology, are all important elements in the education required within the A.A. in Visual Design


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 CSU: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ART-102 Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art) 3
ART-120 2D Design 3
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Spring Semester 1
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ART-125 Introduction to Typography (formerly Graphic Design: Typography) 3
ART-131 Introduction to Digital Art 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
ART-101 Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art 3
ART-595 Typography Practicum (formerly ART-095) 1
Fall Semester 2
ART-123 Graphic Design I 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
HIST-160 Black History in the American Context 3
HIST-136 Cultural History of American Motion Pictures 3
ART-108 Beginning Drawing 3
Spring Semester 2
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
ART-122 3D Design 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
ART-299 Special Projects: Art 1
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
 Total Units61

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements.

The requirements for this degree may be met by completing the pattern described below plus all MSJC's General Education Option B (CSUGE) or Option C (IGETC) requirements. 

Additional major preparation or elective courses may be required for specific institutions, and students transferring to a CSU or UC can refer to ASSIST.ORG to review major preparation for specific majors and programs. Please meet with a Counselor for further transfer information. 

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option B or C37-39
Required Art Courses18
Art Electives6
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ART-101Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art3
or ART-101H Honors Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art
ART-102Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art)3
or ART-102H Honors Art History: Renaissance to 21st Century (formerly Art History: Renaissance to 20th Century Art)
ART-108Beginning Drawing3
ART-1202D Design3
ART-123Graphic Design I3
ART-131Introduction to Digital Art3
Design Electives3
Introduction to Typography (formerly Graphic Design: Typography)
Studio Art Electives3
Life Drawing
Color Theory
Graphic Design II
Digital Photography Production I
Total Units24

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