Arts and Sciences Transfer — Arts Option – Graphic Design

Award: Associate of Arts
Degree Code: AGRZ
Number of Credits: 64-67

Program Description

This program option prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a BA in Art or a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Students will create an artistic portfolio of work to transfer, seek initial employment or to develop skills in the following areas: graphic design, digital art, art education, arts administration, fine arts production, exhibition and sales.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design [H] 3
ART 130 Drawing I [H] 3
ART/HST 141 or
ART 150
Survey of Art History [H/I]
Art Appreciation and Museum Studies [H]
3
CHM 109 Chemistry and Art1 [SL] 4
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3-4
SCI Science Elective [S/SL] 3-4
SOC SCI Social Science Electives2 [SS] 6
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ART 110 Color [H] 3
ART 140 Painting I [H] 3
ART 152 or
ART 160 or
ART 201
Beginning Sculpture [H]
Beginning Ceramics [H]
Three-Dimensional Design [H]
3
ART 293 Professional Portfolio Production 3
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
Program Electives - Select 9-10 Credits
Number Title Credits
ART 105 Illustration, Materials and Techniques 3
ART 152 Beginning Sculpture [H] 3
ART 160 Beginning Ceramics [H] 3
ART 150 Art Appreciation and Museum Studies [H] 3
ART 201 Three-Dimensional Design [H] 3
ART 169 Ceramics/Majolica Glaze Painting 3
ART 272 Silk Screening 3
ART 231 Portrait Drawing 3
ART 232 Figure Drawing 3
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4

1 Another General Education Science with Lab will be accepted.
2 Courses must be from two different disciplines.

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (16 credits)
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design
ART 130 Drawing I
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
VCP 101 Photography I
Spring I (16-17 credits)
ART 140 Painting I
ART 152 or
ART 160 or
ART 201
Sculpture
Beginning Ceramics
Three-Dimensional Design
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT Math Elective
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
Fall II (16-17 credits)
ART Program Elective
ART/HST 141 or
ART 150
Survey of Art History
Art Appreciation and Museum of Studies
SCI Lab Science Elective
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III
Spring II (16-17 credits)
ART Program Elective
ART Program Elective
ART 293 Professional Portfolio Production
CHM 109 Chemistry and Art
SOC SCI Social Science Elective

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe visual concepts and express them using appropriate artistic vocabulary in written and oral presentations
  • Demonstrate creativity in visual, technical, and conceptual problem-solving
  • Apply technical skills and competency in a wide range of art media and techniques
  • Solve visual problems in a manner that reflects individual creativity, technical expertise, and an understanding of historical and contemporary art
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that reflects a dedication to process and the intelligent development of a personal aesthetic
  • Write and speak with clarity, think critically and analytically, and express one’s ideas about a personal artistic vision and the vision of others
  • Use the critique process and self-reflection to develop a fine art professional portfolio for transfer or career development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, printing, photography, and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia)
  • Demonstrate the use of 2D and 3D software programs including applications such as modeling, animation, illustration, video, sound, photography, print and web authoring
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory, and criticism

Career Opportunities

Graphic design, graphic design assistant, digital artist, layout and production technician, art instructor, art director, exhibitions designer, multi-media specialist, photographer.​