Award: Associate of Arts Degree
For more information: Contact Assoc. Prof. Kenneth
Jones, 443-412-2726, email@example.com; Prof. James
McFarland, 443-412-2247, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Asst. Prof. Heidi Neff, 443-412-2276, email@example.com;
or academic advising, 443-412-2301.
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The Art and Design program offers students an Associate of Arts degree and preparation to transfer with junior status to a B.A. or B.F.A. Art or Design program. This program prepares students with an intensive, hands-on, studio-based curriculum that stresses the development of art making skills and critical thinking. Classes are taught by professional, exhibiting artists who have expertise in their disciplines. This program also provides the community with the opportunity to study for personal enrichment.
The Graphic Design track focuses on the design process by investigating the methods of researching, creating and presenting visual communication. By embracing the elements of design and complex relationships of forms in our visual culture, students learn critical thinking strategies for conceptualizing and problem solving and work towards establishing design literacy in their practice. Through the study of images and symbols, typography and layout, students create sophisticated advertising, identity and branding projects for print and screen media culminating in the production of a professional portfolio. Students develop production skills in the studio as they relate and are integrated to the creative processes of design. Graduates are prepared for further study as art/creative directors, graphic and web designers, print production artists, and public relations and marketing consultants.
Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Art & Design degree students will be able to:
- Successfully transfer to a four-year institution.
- Communicate original content using discipline-specific concepts.
- Create art and design using multiple specialized techniques and processes.
- Evaluate art and design with an evolved and informed aesthetic judgment.
HCC graduates have successfully transferred to art schools and universities, both in and out of Maryland. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance. Some art schools require portfolios for admission and financial aid consideration. HCC faculty are well-versed in these requirements and assist students in portfolio preparation.
More people are employed in the visual arts than in all of the performing arts and sports industries combined. Approximately 1,250,000 Americans work in the art and design industries, representing a total of one in 111 jobs. Artists who are trained to work on the computer are expected to be in particularly high demand as over 3/4 of jobs in arts-related fields use digital technologies. Art and Design graduates are offered educational opportunities and critical thinking skills that give them the flexibility to use their visual training in many related fields. Opportunities for employment may also be found in arts administration, art criticism, industrial design, theater set design, film and video production, the gaming industry, emerging markets in technology, and public relations, among others. Employment is usually secured by the presentation of a portfolio that shows evidence of appropriate skills and talent.
Recommended Course Sequence
* History of Western Civilization I or II are
recommended as useful background courses
for Survey of Art History I or II.
** Students are recommended to take ART 208 unless transferring to Towson University, in which case ART 213 is recommended.
FIELD TRIP STATEMENT
Courses in this discipline may require field trip(s).
Students who wish to pursue further study in art may, with instructor permission, enroll in Independent Study.