Information Technology & Digital Arts

Digital ArtsDigital Arts - Associate in Applied Science

The digital arts—from graphic design to photography to animation—enhance our ability to communicate around the world, both professionally and socially. If you have a creative streak and enjoy interacting with computers, you should consider a major in Digital Arts. As a graphic artist, you will plan and create visual applications to address the entire spectrum of communications needs, using cutting-edge techniques in a variety of media, such as photography, video, animation, and web-based design. HGTC's Digital Arts curricula will give you the foundation you need to join forces with other creative professionals in these hot new marketplaces.

All students in the program will acquire a solid education in design and art history. During the first year, students will focus on basic digital arts skills; in the second year, they will learn advanced skills and choose a specialization in animation, graphic arts, or advertising design. For students who wish to continue their education, HGTC has developed transfer agreements with a number of senior institutions, including Coastal Carolina University, Charleston Southern University, and the University of South Carolina. 

For more information, contact:

Alan Bunal  (843) 349-5232                                        

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Career Outlook

Graduates of the A.A.S. in Digital Arts program possess the technical skills for a wide range of career opportunities in visual communications-related professions. Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Graphic design
  • Web site design
  • Photography
  • Videography

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources. 

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit www.sctrac.org for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit www.hgtc.edu/academics/university_transfer.html or www.sctrac.org or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

 

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all ARV-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. 

 

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ART 101 Art History and Appreciation 3
ARV 110 Computer Graphics I 3
ARV 121 Design 3
ARV 212 Digital Photography 3
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
ART 108 History of Western Art 3
ARV 162 Graphic Reproduction 3
ARV 210 Computer Graphics II 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics* 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
ARV 282 SCWE in Digital Arts 6
ARV 227 Website Design 3
  TOTAL 9
Fourth Semester - Fall    
ARV 163 Graphic Reproduction II 3
CPT 163 Introduction to Multimedia/Web Pages 3
ARV 261 Advertising Design I 3
MKT 101 Marketing 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
   or    
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  
  TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring    
ARV 219 Multimedia Techniques 3
ARV 222 Computer Animation 3
ARV 262 Advertising Design II 3
ARV 264 Special Projects in Graphic Arts 3
  TOTAL 12
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

66

*Students transferring to a four-year degree program should consider ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 or MAT 120 is recommended in place of MAT 155.