Graphic Design, Illustration Area of Concentration

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Graphic design student and instructor

Montgomery College will set you on a path to a successful career in the field of illustration.

Our graphic design associate’s degree with illustration concentration will prepare you for work in a variety of illustration markets including narrative, animation, gaming, sequential, editorial, advertising, and concept art, or for transfer to a four-year institution. We ensure a seamless transfer to prestigious institutions across the US.

You will learn to create visual interpretations of subjects, conceptualize, communicate, and refine technical skills using both traditional and digital media while preparing your portfolio.

Illustration and graphic design courses include graphic design for the web, digital tools for the visual arts, introduction to 2D design, animation, and more. You will gain hands-on experience using industry standard equipment.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate solid foundation skills and competency in a range of media, techniques, and knowledge of associated processes to create products for a specified purpose or audience.

  • Apply visual problem solving that employs appropriate technical skills and techniques.

  • Evaluate the creativity of ideas and use of concepts for visual communication.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Curriculum

Suggest Course Sequence: Graphic Design, Illustration Area of Concentration

A suggested two-year course sequence for full-time students follows.

A suggested two-year course sequence for full-time students follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence


All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


  • GDES 234 - Illustration III  3 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
  • Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or any GDES elective.

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