Art and Design, Associate of Applied Science


Program Information

Are you looking to take your passion for art and turn it into a well-paying career? If so, our Art and Design technical program is what you need. Here you will gain the skills and knowledge required to start a career in graphic design. Graphic designers are the keystone in creating design and communication solutions in every job sector. You will have the opportunity to learn from industry experienced instructors in our modern computer labs and studios. If you are artistic, creative, and professional, turn those traits into a career at San Jacinto College South campus.

The San Jacinto College Art and Design Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program:

  • Is designed to provide basic preparation for entry-level employment in areas such as visual advertising, graphic design, and media communication;
  • Develops skills in both print and digital media, web design, digital video and photography, and motion graphics; and
  • Gives students hands-on experience in building a well-rounded and professional portfolio of work.

Career Opportunities

The San Jacinto College Art and Design AAS program opens students to pursue careers as:

  • Art Directors,
  • Layout Artists,
  • Brand Identity Designers,
  • Digital Imaging Artists,
  • Logo Designers,
  • Illustrators,
  • Multimedia Designers,
  • Prepress Technicians, and
  • Web Designers.

Earning Potential

Graphic Designer: $56,220 per year1


Source:, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2022

For more information, students may contact - Department Chair or - Faculty


South Campus 


The Art and Design technical curriculum is designed to provide basic preparation for entry-level employment within the greater design industry. The program will develop basic skills across a variety of design concepts and applications, including design communications, digital media, web design, photography, and video.

***Those students interested in transfer degrees in Art and Design should visit the the Fine Arts, Associate of Arts page.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is for students who want to earn a two-year degree while preparing for jobs in the design industry. Building off the Certificate of Technology, students will complete additional courses in drawing, design, and art history to further strengthen their skillset.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ARTC 1325 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
PHTC 1311 Fundamentals of Photography 3
ARTV 1351 Digital Video 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Second Term
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
IMED 1316 Web Page Design I 3
ARTC 1327 Typography 3
ARTS 1311 Design I (2-dimensional) 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3
Third Term
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
IMED 2315 Web Page Design II 3
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th century to the present) 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
Fourth Term
ARTV 1303 Basic Animation 3
ARTC 2347 Design Communication II 3
ARTC 1371 Digital Marketing for Design 3
ARTC 2335
Portfolio Development for Graphic Design
or Field Experience-Graphic Design, Commercial Art and Illustration
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Total Credits60

College Preparatory courses (those courses that have numbers beginning with 0) do not apply toward the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Technical courses do not transfer to a senior institution. See an Art and Design Department Counselor for information.

Capstone Experience: ARTC 2335 Portfolio Development for Graphic Design or ARTC 2366 Field Experience-Graphic Design, Commercial Art and Illustration