Associate in Applied Science in Media Arts

A.A.S. degrees in media arts are available in four concentrations: graphic and interactive design, audio production, Web design, and 3D Graphics, Animation and Game Design. An A.A.S. degree in Media Arts provides students with employable skills in web design, multimedia, and digital layout design. They also receive a general education foundation. Emphasis is placed on mastery of industry software and hardware applications.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, oral and visual communication within a variety of electronic media.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of electronic media.
  • Develop professional portfolios.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in project management.

Class Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)

Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

[or]

MART 170       Writing for Mass Media (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)

[or]

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (4 hrs. min.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (25 HRS. MIN.)

MART 118       Communication Design (3)

MART 119       Digital Skills (3)

MART 121       Adobe Illustrator (3)*

[or]

MART 123       Adobe InDesign (3)

MART 127       Design by Nature (3)*

[or]

MART 188       Adobe Lightroom (2)

MART 130       Web Design I (3)

MART 180       Photoshop I (3)

MART 187       Electronic Color Theory and Practice (1)

MART 189       Copyright and Media (1)

MART 280       Photoshop II (3)

MART 284       Advanced Digital Projects (3)

[or]

MART 296       Portfolio and Professional

Presentation (3)

MART 298       Internship (1)
or approved work experience

*Students seeking the Graphic and Interactive Design concentration must take MART 121 and MART 123.

 

CONCENTRATION AREAS (19 HRS. MIN.)

To fulfill requirements for a general AAS Media Arts degree, students may select one of the following options: 1. The student successfully completes one of the four concentrations OR 2. The student successful completes a minimum of 19 credit hours form approved Media Arts classes and other approved courses.

 

3D GRAPHICS, ANIMATION, AND GAME DESIGN CONCENTRATION: (19 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0411 (pending approval)

Students enhance their technical abilities while examining design aesthetics, game study, and writing. Successful 3D artists and game designers are imaginative, inquisitive, and virtual communicators and they excel at integrating ideas into a visual or interactive entity people can enjoy. These courses of study highlight the development of design, writing, game study, modeling, and animation skills. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in 3D design/video game studios, animation studios, and independent companies.

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (19 HRS. MIN.)

MART 144       Game Design Analysis (3)

MART 146       Game Design Fundamentals (3)

MART 148       3D Graphics and Animation (3)

MART 179       3D Graphics and Animation II (3)

MART 246       Game Design Concepts (3)

MART 298       Internship (1) or approved work experience

Choose from the following: (3 hrs. min.)

DRPT 118 Drawing I (3)

[or]

DRPT 221 Figure Drawing (3)

MART 121       Adobe Illustrator (3)

MART 194       Media Arts Seminar (1-4)

MART 221       Advanced Illustrator (3)

MART 284       Advanced Digital Projects (3)

MART 287       Advanced Photoshop (3)

 

AUDIO PRODUCTION CONCENTRATION: (19 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 10.0203

Students acquire the skills related to audio recording in the studio and/or field as well as digital audio creation, and editing. Students will be positioned for advanced educational opportunities and they will have the necessary skills for entry and mid-level positions at professional audio, film, radio or multi-media studios, successfully engage in freelance work, or independently produce content for distribution and performance.

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (13 HRS. MIN.)

MART 160       Audio Production I (3)

MART 163       Sound for Film (3)

MART 165       Audio Field Recording (2)

MART 194       Media Art Seminar (2)

MART 260       Audio Production II (3)

 

APPROVED ELECTIVES: (6 HRS. MIN.)

 

GRAPHIC AND INTERACTIVE DESIGN CONCENTRATION:

(19 HRS. MIN.) CIP: 50.0409

Students acquire skills in graphic design, print media, and web design, as well as the fundamentals in animation, multimedia, and digital film. Upon completion of this concentration students will be prepared for a variety of employment opportunities as media design specialists in advertising and news agencies, print and graphics businesses, pre-press industries and web design companies. Students will design a self-promotional package, electronic portfolio and gain experience working in a team environment.

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (19 HRS. MIN.)

MART 121       Adobe Illustrator (3)

[or]

MART 123       Adobe InDesign (3)

MART 127       Design by Nature (3)

MART 143       After Effects (3)

MART 186       Scanning Techniques (1)

MART 223       Typography (3)

MART 225       InDesign II (3)

Choose from the following: (3 hrs. min.)

FILM 131         Editing I (3)

MART 146       Game Design Fundamentals (3)

MART 148       3D Graphics and Animation (3)

MART 194       Media Arts Seminar (1-4)

MART 221       Advanced Illustrator (3)

MART 230       Web Design II: CSS Responsive Web

Design (3)

MART 231       Dreamweaver (2)

MART 285       Archival Printing (3)

MART 287       Advanced Photoshop (3)

 

WEB CONCENTRATION: (19 HRS. MIN.)

CIP: 50.0102

Students learn best practices in current web design visual trends and technologies, as well as develop forward-thinking skills to advance their careers or education in the field. Areas covered include XHTML and CSS, Flash and advanced database programming. Students will be positioned for entry-level careers in web design/graphic design studios or advertising agencies.

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (19 HRS. MIN.)

MART 186       Scanning Techniques (1)

MART 228       Web Design in the Real World (2)

MART 229       Introduction to WordPress (2)

MART 230       Web Design II: CSS Responsive Web

Design (3)

MART 231       Dreamweaver (2)

MART 232       Advanced Web Projects (3)

Choose from the following (6 hr. min.)

MART 143       After Effects (3)

MART 146       Game Design Fundamentals (3)

MART 148       3D Graphics and Animation (3)

MART 194       Media Arts Seminar (1-4)

MART 221       Advanced Illustrator (3)

MART 284       Advanced Digital Projects (3)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

TOTAL 67 CREDITS MIN.