Digital Arts - Associate in Applied Science Degree
The digital arts—from graphic design to photography to video production—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, 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 theory and art history. During the first year, students will focus on basic design skills, creative software and digital photography; in the second year, they will learn advanced skills in advertising design /production and multimedia techniques including web and video. For students who wish to continue their education, HGTC has developed transfer agreements with a number of four-year institutions, including Coastal Carolina University, Charleston Southern University, and Francis Marion University.
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:
- Public relations
- Graphic design
- Web site design
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 Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
|First Semester - Fall||Course Title||Semester
|ART 101||Art History and Appreciation||3|
|ARV 110||Computer Graphics I||3|
|ARV 212||Digital Photography||3|
|ENG 155||Communications I*||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|ART 108||History of Western Art||3|
|ARV 162||Graphic Reproduction||3|
|ARV 210||Computer Graphics II||3|
|CGC 106||Typography I||3|
|ENG 160||Technical Communications*||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|ARV 227||Website Design||3|
|ARV 276||Studio Practicum I||3|
|ARV 280||Visual Arts Exit Portfolio||3|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|ARV 163||Graphic Reproduction II||3|
|ARV 261||Advertising Design I||3|
|MAT 155||Contemporary Mathematics||3|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3|
|PSC 201**||American Government|
|Fifth Semester - Spring|
|ARV 219||Multimedia Techniques||3|
|CGC 250||Special Projects in Commercial Graphics||3|
|ARV 262||Advertising Design II||3|
|ARV 264||Special Projects in Graphic Arts||3|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
|*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.
**Students transferring to a senior institution are recommended to take PSC 201 at HGTC to satisfy Reach Act requirements. The Reach Act was passed in 2021 by the General Assembly.