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Digital Arts - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Digitl Arts

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. 

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

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

Program Information

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.

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 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
CGC 106 Typography I 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 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
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  
  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 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.