Graphic Arts

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts with a field of study in Graphic Arts is a program of study that combines studio courses in art and design with a broad range of liberal arts courses. The two-year degree program prepares students for creative positions in the workforce, and provide skills, values, and knowledge in the liberal and creative arts. Additionally, students are prepared for transfer into university bachelor’s degree programs and are trained in exhibit and portfolio preparation.


Courses of Study - 18 Credit Hours 1
ARTS 1316Drawing I3
ARTS 1311Design I3
ARTS 2333Printmaking I3
ARTS 2348Digital Art I3
ARTS 2313Design Communications I3
ARTS 2356Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis)3
STC Core Curriculum - 42 Credit Hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 2,342
Language, Philosophy & Culture and the Creative Arts
Art History I
Art History II
Total Credit Hours60

NOTE: Additional materials and supplies may be required. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase these materials when needed.


In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements.


Students who select a 3 credit hours Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ARTS 1311 Design I 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ARTS 2333 Printmaking I 3
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours6
Fourth Semester
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Creative Arts Core Curriculum) 3
ARTS 2348 Digital Art I 3
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
ARTS 1304 Art History II (Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Fulfillment) 3
ARTS 2356 Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis) 3
ARTS 2313 Design Communications I 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours