Whatcom offers the following degree:

Degree: Associate in Arts (AA) - Visual Communications

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within the degree template. See the sample student schedule for the correct sequence of courses.

Prerequisites

To apply for admission to the second year of visual communication courses, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • Placement into ENGL& 101
  • Completion of the following courses:
    • ART 112 - Drawing I (3 or 5 credits) and,
    • ART 115 or 116 - 2D or 3D Design (3 or 5 credits) and,
    • ART 185 - Introduction to Graphic Design (5 credits) and,
    • One of the following:
      • ART 100& - Art Appreciation or,
      • ART 114 - History of Graphic Design or,
      • ART 150 - History of Photography: 1839 to the Present or,
      • ART 205 - Western Art from 18th to Mid 20th Century or,
      • ART 215 - Western Art from WWII to the Present

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Associate in Arts (AA) - Visual Communications

The Visual Communications program prepares students for careers in the print, web, and digital media design fields.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

Prerequisites
 Credits
 ART 112
 Drawing I
 3 to 5
 ART 115
 2D Design
 3 to 5
 or ART 116
 3D Design  3 to 5
 ART 185
 Introduction to Graphic Design
 5
 ART& 100
 Art Appreciation
 3 to 5
 or ART 114
 History of Graphic Design
 5
 or ART 150
 History of Photography: 1839 to the Present
 5
 or ART 205
 Western Art from 18th to Mid 20th Century
 3 to 5
 or ART 215
 Western Art from World Ward II to the Present
 3 to 5
 Placement into ENGL& 101  
 Subtotal  14-20
 Core Requirements (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 VISCM 240
 Typography  3
 VISCM 250
 Layout and Publication Design I
 5
 VISCM 251
 Layout and Publication Design II
 5
 VISCM 260
 Vector Illustration
 5
 VISCM 262
 Advanced Digital Imaging
 3
 VISCM 270
 Print Production and Prepress
 5
 VISCM 280
 Web Design and Authoring I
 5
 VISCM 282
 Web Design and Authoring II
 5
 VISCM 284
 Web Content Management Systems
 5
 VISCM 286
 Video Production for the Web
5
 VISCM 292
 Portfolio/Professional Practices
 2
 Subtotal  48
 General Education Requirements/Related Instruction
 Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 BUS 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or CS 140
 Computer Programming Fundamentals I (CP)
 5
 or IDS 112
 Ethno Mathematics (CP)
 5
 or IDS 113
 Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (CP)
 5
 or PHIL& 117
 Traditional Logic (CP)
 5
 or Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
 ANTH& 206
 Cultural Anthropology (HR)
 5
 or PSYC& 100
 General Psychology (HR)
 5
 or SOC& 101
 Introduction to Sociology (HR)
 5
 or Any CMST course designated "OC" (HR)
 3 or 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 Electives/Cooperative Work Experience
 Credits
 ART& 100
 Art Appreciation**
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 114
 History of Graphic Design**
 5
 and/or ART 118  Mixed Media/Collage
 5
 and/or ART 123  Water Based Media
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 134  The Art of Color
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 150  History of Photography: 1839 to the Present**
 5
 and/or ART 175  Printmaking: Relief and Monotype
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 176  Printmaking: Etching I
 5
 and/or ART 179  2D Animation
 5
 and/or ART 187  Computer Art
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 200  Figure Drawing I
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 205  Western Art from 18th to Mid 20th Century**
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 212  Drawing II
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 215  Western Art from World War II to the Present**
 3 or 5
 and/or ART 221  Painting  3 or 5
 and/or BTEC 101  Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 and/or BTEC 121  Word Processing I
 3
 and/or BTEC 141  Spreadsheets I
 3
 and/or BUS 108  Principles of Marketing
 5
 and/or CS 120  HTML Fundamentals
 5
 and/or CO-OP 190  Cooperative Education/Internship
 3 to 5
Cooperative work experience must be completed in VISCM or BUSAD 
 
 Subtotal  7-15
 Total  90

 **Can only be used as either a prerequisite or an elective course, not counted for both.

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