2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design, A.A./A.S.

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Major in University Parallel with Emphasis in Graphic Design (A.A., A.S.)

Program and Career Description

The Graphic Design emphasis is a two-year program for students who are planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four year school. Graphic Designers or graphic artists plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communication problems. A few selected careers are listed below.

Career Median Experience - Average wage
Graphic Designer $40,520
Computer System Design $47,860
Periodical/Book Publishers $32,100

Career and salary information taken from www.bls.gov. Check out this web site for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This emphasis is not currently a part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway which is part of the "The Complete College Act of 2010", and therefore; it may not be fully transferable. Since general education and major requirements vary from one transfer institution to another, it is essential that transfer students decide on a transfer institution as soon as possible and refer to the major requirements in that institution's catalog when planning a program of study. The requirements of the emphasis may be modified upon request to meet the requirements in that major at a specific transfer college or university.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Humanities/Fine Arts

Major Required Courses

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

Graphic Design, A.A./A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

  • Literature Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • History Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Social/Behavioral Science Requirement Credit(s): 3

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13

  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Social/Behavioral Science Credit(s): 3
  • ARTP Electives Credit(s): 6



If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

*If pursuing the A.A. degree, complete an additional 6 credit hours in a one-year sequence of the SAME foreign language. Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at universities include demonstrated competency in foreign language at the intermediate level. Community college students are encouraged to attain intermediate-level competency in foreign language before transferring. Complete information regarding foreign language requirements at each university may be found on the transfer and articulation web sites of the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee System. Community college students are encouraged to be familiar with foreign language requirements at the universities and, if applicable, complete the requirements before transferring.

For more information contact:
Herbert Cobb at
hcobb@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2872
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.
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