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Digital Arts - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Digitl Arts

Digital Arts—from graphic design to photography to video production—enhances 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 print, 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.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all ARV and CGC prefixed courses for progression and graduation.

All ARV and CGC courses have a five (5) year time limit.

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 Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.


The mission of the Computer Technology department is to enhance the educational opportunities of our students by building a comprehensive and quality technology infrastructure to allow our students to simulate real world experiences.  This environment will be effectively maintained and operated to keep up with rapidly changing technologies and software utilized in the workforce.  This will allow the department to provide prompt, effective, reliable and in-depth education opportunities to our students.


  • Fully build out infrastructure and classrooms to allow for in-person, synchronous, hybrid and online courses.
  • Maintain and update the classrooms and infrastructure as needed to ensure we are providing up to date opportunities for our students.
  • Utilize as much of the infrastructure and classroom technology as possible to enhance student learning and experiences.

Career Pathways

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning, saving you time and money.
There are currently no certificates associated with this pathway.
Go to the University Transfer page for more information.

For more information, contact:
Lou Ann Timmons - (843) 349-5367

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ART 101 Art History and Appreciation 3
ARV 110 Computer Graphics I 3
ARV 121 Design 3
ARV 212 Digital Photography 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
ARV 232 Digital Photography II 3
ARV 162 Graphic Reproduction 3
ARV 210 Computer Graphics II 3
CGC 106 Typography I 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
  TOTAL 15
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
MKT 101 Marketing 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
PSC 201** American Government  
  TOTAL 15
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 12



*Students transferring to a four-year degree program should consider MAT 110 or MAT 120 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.