Graphic Design

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code No. 1110

This major begins with the traditional Fine Arts Foundation experience and then introduces students to the field of graphic design using up-to-date technology and industry-standard software applications. Although graduates from this program typically pursue transfer to professional art schools and complete a baccalaureate degree, this program also provides sufficient training for those seeking to begin an entry-level graphic design career in advertising agencies, publishing companies, television stations, packaging companies, magazines, and other firms in the business of communicating information visually.

All full-time students entering as Graphic Design majors are required to schedule a portfolio review. In the absence of a portfolio, students will schedule an assessment interview for placement purposes. An art advisor will help select the appropriate sequence of courses.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods and materials associated with fundamental drawing, two-dimensional design, and three-dimensional design;
  • read about, write about, and analyze art and art history using basic research, critical thinking skills, and a visual arts vocabulary;
  • demonstrate and apply fundamental skills associated with digital imaging, layout, typography, graphic design, and web design; and
  • prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work.

Bucks County Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab Fees may be required.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals A,3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA103
Drawing Composition F
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color F
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials & Modeling F
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio F
3
VAGD101
Layout and Basic Typography
3
VAGD201
Graphic Design F
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design F
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,2
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,F,5
3
Art History C,4 6
College Level Math or Science A,B 3
Social Perspective B 3
Personal Health B 2
Studio Electives E 6
Total Credit Hours 62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full time students who average l5 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals A,3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,1
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAFA103
Drawing Composition F
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color F
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling F
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,2
3
Art History C,4 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAGD101
Layout and Basic Typography
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design F
3
Art History C,4 3
Studio Elective E 3
Social Perspectives B 3
Personal Health B 2
Total Credit Hours 17

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio F
3
VAGD201
Graphic Design F
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,F,5
3
Math/Science A,B 3
Studio Elective E 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA191, VAFA192, VAFA193.
D Any INTG course may be chosen.
E VACV140, VAFA110, VAFA151, VAFA161, VAFA200, VAFA202, VAGD102, VAGD280, VAMM209.
FCourse requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.

1 Satisfies College Level Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Level Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

*Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied,” on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except credits in social perspectives, mathematics or science, English and three credits in integration of knowledge.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.