The Associate of Arts degree is a balanced dual-major program. A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required for degree completion. Each student takes the core curriculum consisting of 16 courses totaling 42 semester credit hours.
Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include merchandising, design, and general studies. A minimum of six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required. The choice of electives gives each student the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in one of the fields of fashion design, interior design, graphic design, or merchandise marketing.
The Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after entering the Associate of Arts degree program.
AA - Graphic Design Concentration
Graphic design students are encouraged to be creative while emphasizing strong technical and presentational skills. Students gain a background in design history and theory and then may experiment and develop their own design approaches. The concentration of graphic design includes design history, theory, and current graphic design practices and technology. Students have the opportunity to learn how to design advertising campaigns, logos, compact disc and other packaging, posters, publications, web page layout, and more. Graphic design students also develop skill sets to utilize the printing process and produce materials for their portfolios. Graphic design courses at Wade College are taught in a graphics laboratory/studio using the latest hardware and industry specific software, which is continually updated. The Adobe Creative Suites: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are stressed. Typography as it relates to product and the impact on the marketplace is emphasized. Classroom facilities include iMac computers equipped with scanners, laser printers, and online access to databases and the Internet. Students improve their technical and conceptual skills while developing a personal creative vision.
Students graduating from the graphic design program express their design philosophies in a finished portfolio presented during the Wade College Professional Portfolio Critique. Additionally, students may showcase their work in various art contests and competitions, and have the opportunity to gain experience during markets at Dallas Market Center during the year.
New students may enter at the beginning of any trimester. Trimesters during a calendar year start approximately at the beginning of February, at the beginning of June, and at the beginning of October. One calendar year (12 months) consists of three trimesters and approximately seven weeks of student break. Two trimesters comprise one academic year. Classes may be scheduled from 8:00 AM to 10:35 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday. Weekend classes may be scheduled from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Class schedules vary each trimester.
Tuition rates are assessed on a per credit-hour basis, except for college preparation courses which are assessed on a flat-rate tuition basis. Tuition rates include all necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, an electronic tablet, textbooks, e-books, supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of a graduating student’s cap and gown required for commencement ceremonies; or costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities.
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