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Visual Communication AAS: 3D Animation Track

The Visual Communication AAS: 3D Animation Track degree (AAS_VSC3) is offered at LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Visual Communication Department.

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Program Description

The visual communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future. This program provides students with skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production. The demand for these skills comes from a variety of industries including advertising, consumer products, education, entertainment, government, legal, manufacturing, medical, petroleum, publishing, transportation, and video production.

The visual communication associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of 65-67 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses based on specialization.

This degree has five areas of specialization: graphic design, multimedia, video and post-production, web design, or 3D animation. Both the graphic design and multimedia degree programs are recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) as having curriculum that aligns with the national industrydefined and industry-recognized skills standards.

Students completing the degree or certificate are prepared for entry-level positions. Certificates are available within specialization areas in graphic design, motion graphics, video and post-production, multimedia design, 3D animation, and web design. These certificates provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

The general education core courses will transfer to a variety of universities, and the degree articulates to many area universities. Please see the department chair, faculty, or advisor for specific information.

Program Plan

First Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ARTS 1311 Design I 2-D 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers OR 4
COSC 1401 Introduction to Computers  
Elective1   Social/Behavioral Science 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
KINE   Any physical activity course 1
ARTV 1345   3-D Modeling & Rendering I 3
ARTV 1303   Basic Animation 3
ARTV 2345   3-D Modeling & Rendering II 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for First Year:

35

Second Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPCH2   Speech Elective 3
ARTV 1341   3-D Animation I 3
ARTS 1317   Drawing II 3
ARTS 1312   Design II: 3-D 3
ARTV 2351   3-D Animation II 3
FLMC 1331   Video Graphics & Visual Effects I 3
ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design & Development 3
Elective3   Math/Natural Science 3-4
IMED4 2311 Portfolio Development OR 3
IMED4 2380 Cooperative Education: Interactive Media  

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year:

30-31

Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for
Visual Communication AAS (3D Animation Track):

64-66

  1. Social/behavioral science course must meet multicultural requirement.
  2. Speech course from SPCH 1311, 1315, 1318 or 1321.
  3. See core requirements for AAS degree for options. Students must meet TSI requirements. See LoneStar.edu/TSI for details.
  4. Capstone course.
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