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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Digital Arts
Major: 3081
First Term: 2009 Fall    Final Term: 2013 Summer II
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 62-65
CIPS Code: 50.0401
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Information Technology / Media Technology
Instructional Council: Art (17)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Digital Arts is designed for the student who wishes to develop marketable multimedia skills. The program allows the student to develop his/her skills in the areas of Web Design, Digital Photography, Digital Illustration, and Graphic Design. It allows for the development of an individual's personal interest, prepares students for employment, and upgrades skills of those already employed in this field. Employment opportunities are included in multimedia such as digital photographer, web designer, multimedia artist, graphic designer, and digital illustrator.

Program Notes:
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Required Courses
 Credits: 37-40
 ART100Introduction to Computer Graphic Art1
 ART111Drawing I3
 ADA/ART112Two-Dimensional Design3
 ART142Introduction to Digital Photography3
+ADA/ART177Computer-Photographic Imaging3
+ART255Art Marketing (3) OR 
 ART255AASelf Promotion (1) AND 
+ART255ABThe Portfolio (1) AND 
+ART255ACMarketing Fine Art (1)3
+ART202Digital Arts Survey3
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 15-18
Select one of the following four (4) tracks:
Track I: Web DesignCredits: 18
 BPC/CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I (3) OR 
+ADA/ART169Two-Dimensional Computer Design (3)3
+ADA/ART183Computer Aided Graphic Arts I3
+ART/MMT190Art of Web Site Design3
+ART192Advanced Web Presentation Design3
+MMT216Multimedia Project Management (3) OR 
+ART203Aesthetics of Web Design (3)3
+ART200Animation and Interactivity3
Track II: Digital IllustrationCredits: 15
 ART116Life Drawing I3
+ART122Drawing and Composition II3
+ADA/ART169Two-Dimensional Computer Design3
+ART270Intermediate Computer Photographic Imaging3
+ADA/ART289Computer Illustration3
Track III: Digital PhotographyCredits: 15
 ART131Photography I3
+ART132Photography II3
+ART143Intermediate Digital Photography3
+ART270Intermediate Computer Photographic Imaging3
+ART274Advanced Computer Photographic Imaging3
Track IV: Graphic DesignCredits: 15
+ART143Intermediate Digital Photography (3) OR 
+ADA/ART289Computer Illustration (3)3
+ART/MMT190Art of Web Site Design3
+ADA/ART169Two-Dimensional Computer Design3
+ART/ADA183Computer Aided Graphic Arts I3
+ADA/ART283Computer Aided Graphic Arts II3
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25
General Education CoreCredits: 15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
+Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
+Any approved General Education course in the Critical Reading area3
MathematicsCredits: 3
+Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area3
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 Any approved General Education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved General Education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area.4

Program Competencies
1.Use various software applications to create finished artwork, which illustrates understanding of layout, design, typography, and color use in graphics. (ART100, ADA/ART177, ADA/ART183)
2.Use basic operational systems, digital image manipulation, and computer operations to produce art electronically. (ART100, ADA/ART177, ADA/ART183)
3.Create and use composition layout theories that incorporate stills, motion, and sound into a visual presentation. (ART202)
4.Use a page layout software package to create camera-ready material. (ADA/ART183)
5.Create and produce Web pages by applying appropriate design, color, and graphics. (ART/MMT190, ART192, ART203)
6.Market a product and prepare a portfolio of art and graphics for self-promotion. (ART255AA, ART255AB, ART255AC)
7.Develop additions to different multimedia applications and evaluate them from an end-users' perspective for their effectiveness and style. (ART202)
8.Analyze and evaluate effective and ineffective Web pages using various search engines. (BPC/CIS133DA)
9.Develop a project plan and create a developmental model to highlight each activity, checkpoint, and end product. (MMT216)
10.Design and create original artistic animations and interactive multimedia experiences for delivery in various mediums. (ART200)
11.Apply technical competency with a variety of drawing tools. (ART111)
12.Use design elements and principles to produce various design projects. (ADA/ART112)
13.Use basic color theory to execute work. (ART113)
14.Operate computer hardware and use appropriate software. (ADA/ART169)
15.Use graphic input devices and apply the different characteristics of each device on the production of a finished commercial illustration. (ART289)
16.Prepare a professional portfolio. (ART289)
17.Describe screen percentages, line art, halftone art, and four-color separation processes as related to the computer. (ADA/ART283)
18.Use various imaging properties of software to accomplish texture smoothing, scaling, shading, and tonal manipulation techniques to alter photographic images electronically. (ART270)
19.Compile a professional level drawing portfolio with examples of line, value, texture, compositional theory, human form, and animation storyboards. (ART111, ART116, ART122)
20.Prepare and present quality finished photographs demonstrating aesthetic control of exposure, development, and printing techniques. (ART131)
21.Produce photographs that demonstrate principles of composition and design. (ART142, ART143)
22.Perform procedures of image manipulation through changes of resolution, mode selection, and image adjustment. (ART142, ART143)
23.Describe the process involved in the creation of works of art in one artistic discipline. (ART132)
24.Use computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and advanced digital photography techniques. (ART274)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.