Computer and Media Arts Programs at Phoenix College

Computer Graphic Design - AAS

Computer Graphic Design
Effective term: 
2016 Fall
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
Program Availability: 
Award type: 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Graphic Design degree is designed for students specializing in computer graphic design. It aids in the development of skills in graphic design and layout using the computer and serves to reinforce art principles. The curriculum provides for the development of personal interests, and enables those already employed in this field to upgrade skills. Occupations may include illustrator, layout, paste-up, freelance, video graphics, product designer, animator, photo-retoucher, art director, and advertising designer. Students desiring more intensive preparation may take courses beyond the 60-credit minimum requirement. This program is not designed for four-year transfers. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Program notes: 

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

ADA/ART169Two-Dimensional Computer Design 3
ADA/ART175Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART177Computer-Photographic Imaging 3
ART181Graphic Design I 3
ADA/ART183Computer Aided Graphic Arts I 3
ADA/ART289Computer Illustration 3
ART100Introduction to Computer Graphic Art 1
ART111Drawing I 3
ART113Color 3
ART210Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART215Advanced Electronic Publishing 3
ART255Art Marketing 3
ART297AACommercial Art Internship 1
Restricted Electives
Students should select from the following courses in consultation with the Program Director.
ART103Typography in the Digital Age 3
ADA/ART/MMT184Computer Animation 3
ART116Life Drawing I 3
ART119Penciling for Comic and Sequential Art 3
ART120Inking for Comic and Sequential Art 3
ART131Photography I 3
ART142Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART182Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT190Art of Web Site Design 3
ART219Coloring, Toning and Lettering for Comic and Sequential Art 3
ART221Comics Creation 3
ART/THP246Introduction to 3D Fabrication Tools 3
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
MKT263Advertising Principles (3) OR
MKT271Principles of Marketing (3) 3
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-25
General Education CoreCredits 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area. 3
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
CRE111Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area. 3
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
ARH102Renaissance Through Contemporary Art 3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area. 3
Natural SciencesCredits 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4
  1. Operate computer hardware and use appropriate software. (ADA/ART169, ART210)
  2. Use design elements and principles to produce various design projects. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART183)
  3. Create and use page layout compositional theories as related to and incorporated into the foundational elements of electronic publishing. (ADA/ART175)
  4. Use appropriate software to design a camera-ready, multi-fold brochure that includes style specification, line art work, scaling, halftones, and color separations on the computer. (ADA/ART175, ART215)
  5. Use various imaging properties of software to accomplish texture, smoothing, and scaling as well as shading and tonal manipulation techniques to alter photographic images electronically. (ADA/ART177)
  6. Edit graphics and text information received from external sources through various mediums. (ADA/ART177)
  7. Use artists' tools for doing layouts, mechanicals, and illustrations. (ART181)
  8. Design materials for advertising from a thumbnail rough through the comprehensive layout and camera-ready work. (ART181)
  9. Describe typography for reproduction by size and style. (ART181)
  10. Apply hand lettering techniques to small signs with pen and brush. (ART181)
  11. Employ design and composition concepts to critically evaluate computer graphic art. (ADA/ART183)
  12. Use the computer to produce camera-ready graphic designs (black and white mechanicals) for consumer applications. (ADA/ART183)
  13. Use graphic input devices and apply the different characteristics of each device on the production of a finished commercial illustration. (ADA/ART289)
  14. Prepare a professional portfolio and self-promotion package. (ADA/ART289, ART255, ART297AA)
  15. Define terms and describe concepts related to the software and peripherals involved in computer graphic arts. (ART100, ADA/ART169)
  16. Apply technical competency with a variety of drawing tools. (ART111)
  17. Use basic color theory to execute work. (ART113)
  18. Evaluate final layout using the concepts of digital prepress. (ART210, ART215)
  19. Describe screen percentages, line art, halftone art, and four-color separation processes as related to the computer. (ART215)