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Visual Design Option

Associate in Science -  Visual and Media Arts Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View VMA111 satisfies Area 3 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Scientific View of the World From Area 5 4
Humanities VMA104 satisfies Area 6 3 ENG095 or placement
VMA Freshman Seminar VMA100 satisfies learning communities requirement 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design:Composition and Color VMA102 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Digital Image-Making for Artists and Designers VMA106 see note* 3 VMA 102
History of Graphic Design VMA114 see note* 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Typography I VMA132 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design with HTML and CSS VMA129 3 VMA132
Typography II VMA133 see note* 3 VMA114 and VMA132
Illustration for Designers VMA135 see note* 3 VMA102 and VMA104
Visual Design Lab I VMA232 3 VMA133 and VMA135
Visual Design Lab II VMA233 see note* 3 VMA232
Interactive Design I VMA275 see note* 3 VMA129
Visual Design Portfolio VMA 290 see note* 3 pre/co-req VMA233
Career Elective See note** 3
Career Elective See note** 3
Total Credits 64
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Visual and Media Arts

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: All VMA courses that are pre- or co-requisites of other VMA courses require a grade of C or higher.

**Note: Career Electives: VMA103, VMA207, VMA261, VMA276 or VMA299.

Option Overview

The Associate in Science Degree in Visual Design is intended to prepare students for transfer to 4-year design schools and for entry into the field of visual design. This program is comparable to the first two years of a typical four-year design program. It provides students with rigorous foundation and design courses, and pragmatic experience. Working through the program, students will produce a portfolio of design work that demonstrates their preparedness in industry-standard technical and visual-thinking skills essential for transfer into undergraduate design programs, and entry-level jobs.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program will produce a portfolio of design work demonstrating foundation and entry-level skills and knowledge needed for careers in fields such as: advertising, print and digital book design, editorial design, environmental design, experience design, identity design, illustration, information design, in-house design, interaction design, motion graphics, packaging, print design, product design, typography, UX design, and web design.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Approach visual design as a responsive process of problem identification, ideation, and creation.
  • Apply design skills in typography, color, image, form, and materials to print and digital media projects.
  • Produce portfolio content that is suitable for applying to four-year design programs, internships, and design-related employment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in software applications for drawing, image editing, and layout.
  • Use industry standard procedures to produce files and materials for print and digital production.
  • Plan and execute projects to meet deadlines and design objectives.
  • Practice effective communication and presentation skills necessary to engage in professional visual design practice.
  • Engage in creative and analytical discourse about design in order to communicate concepts to colleagues and clients.
  • Cultivate habits of life-long learning and creativity.