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CGT: Graphic Arts AAS Degree

The computer graphics technology programs prepare students for a career in the fields of 3D and video graphics, web and interactive media or digital arts. As in the certificate program, students learn how to use the principle of design, typography, and color theory to create professional level visual communications and how to apply software, hardware and peripherals to meet these goals. In addition to the certificate skills, the associate degree tracks include coursework that meets the general education requirements for a Schoolcraft associate in applied science (AAS) degree. The program's capstone classes expand the students' creative and practical skills. It is highly recommended that students meet with faculty for advice in selecting their electives. The foundation skills certificate or equivalent skills must be achieved before starting. Classes with no prerequisite can be taken before starting the program.

Similar to the graphic arts certificate, this program teaches students how to blend traditional art techniques with skill using professional graphic design software to create illustrative, fine art and graphic media, preparing students for a wide range of jobs within the design industry. In addition, it includes capstone courses that develop creative and practical skills beyond what is taught in the certificate program, as well as coursework that meets the general education requirements for a Schoolcraft associate in applied science (AAS) degree. The degree strengthens the student’s position in the profession and gives the student an academic credential with a higher standing.

All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor, counselor or Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) faculty to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree. Students wishing to pursue a post-associate certificate must have a computer graphics technology associate degree or equivalent professional experience.


Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00028
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Total Credits: 15-16

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 16

Second Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

Program Total 61-62 Credits

* These classes are offered as independent learning. Contact CGT faculty.

Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with a counselor or advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

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