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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 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
ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year:


Second Year Credits

Course 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 - Color 3
IMED 1316 Web Design I 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
ITSW 1310 Introduction to Presentation Graphics Software 3
Elective3   Math/Natural Science 3-4
ARTC4 2335 Portfolio Development For Graphic Design OR 3
ARTC4 2380 Cooperative Education: Commercial and Advertising Art 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year:


Total Credits

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


  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 for details.
  4. Capstone course. See Technical Track information to determine the appropriate capstone course.
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