Visual Communication AAS: Graphic Design Track

The Visual Communication AAS: Graphic Design Track degree (AAS_VSCG) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood and LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Visual Communications 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 industry defined 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.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject 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

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  
ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
Elective1   Social/Behavioral Science 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
SPCH2   Speech Elective 3
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
ARTC 2348 Digital Publishing III 3
ARTC 2347 Design Communications II 3
ARTS 2311 Design III 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
IMED 1316 Web Design I 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
ITSW 1310 Introduction to Presentation Graphics Software 3
Elective1   Math/Natural Science 3-4
ARTC3 2335 Portfolio Development OR 3
ARTC 3 2380 Cooperative Education - Commercial and Advertising Art  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for
Visual Communication AAS (Graphic Design Track):


  1. Choose from the AAS core
  2. Speech course from SPCH 1311, 1315, 1318 or 1321.
  3. Capstone course.