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Visual Communication AAS

The Visual Communication AAS degree is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood and LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Visual Communications Department.

Program Description

The visual communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future. This program provides students with skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production. The demand for these skills comes from a variety of industries including advertising, consumer products, education, entertainment, government, legal, manufacturing, medical, petroleum, publishing, transportation, and video production.

The visual communication associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of 65-67 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses based on specialization.

This degree has five areas of specialization: graphic design, multimedia, video and post-production, web design, or 3D animation. Both the graphic design and multimedia degree programs are recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) as having curriculum that aligns with the national industrydefined and industry-recognized skills standards.

Students completing the degree or certificate are prepared for entry-level positions. Certificates are available within specialization areas in graphic design, motion graphics, video and post-production, multimedia design, 3D animation, and web design. These certificates provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

The general education core courses will transfer to a variety of universities, and the degree articulates to many area universities. Please see the department chair, faculty, or advisor for specific information.

Degree Plan

First Year Credit

Course Number Title Credits
ARTS 1311 Design I 2-D 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers OR 4
COSC 1401 Introduction to Computers  
Elective1   Social/Behavioral Science 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
KINE   Any physical activity course 1
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3-4

Second Year Credit

Course Number Title Credits
SPCH2   Speech Elective 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Tech.Track   Track (A, B, C, D, or E) 3
Elective3   Math/Natural Science 3-4
Capstone4   Cooperative Education OR Portfolio Development 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Visual Communication AAS:

65-67

  1. Social/behavioral science course must meet multicultural requirement.
  2. Speech course from SPCH 1311, 1315, 1318 or 1321.
  3. See core requirements for AAS degree for options. Students must meet TSI requirements. See LoneStar.edu/TSI for details.
  4. Capstone course. See Technical Track information to determine the appropriate capstone course.

Technical Tracks

Choose only one Technical Track A, B, C, D or E to follow from the corresponding tracks:

Track A: Graphic Design (AAS_VSCG)
Offered at LSC-CyFair, Kingwood and North Harris

  • ARTC 1313, ARTC 2313, ARTC 2305, ARTC 1353, ARTC 2348, ARTC 2347, ARTS 2311, IMED 1316, IMED 1345, ITSW 1310;
  • For capstone course, choose ARTC 2335 or ARTC 2380

Track B: Multimedia (AAS_VSCM)
Offered at LSC-CyFair, Kingwood and North Harris

  • ARTC 1353, ARTV 1345, IMED 1316, IMED 1341, IMED 2313, FLMC 1331, IMED 1345, ARTV 1351, IMED 2345, FLMC 2331;
  • These courses must be taken in designated sequence: FLMC 1331 and FLMC 2331;
  • For capstone course, choose IMED 2311 or IMED 2380

Track C: Video and Post-Production (AAS_VSCV)
O offered at LSC-CyFair, Kingwood and North Harris

  • ARTC 2305, ARTV 1351, ARTV 2341, IMED 1391, FLMC 1304, FLMC 1331, FLMC 2331 and RTVB 2337;
  • Take either RTVB 1321 or RTVB 1325;
  • Choose 1 additional course from ARTC, ARTV, IMED, FLMC or RTVB;
  • For capstone course, choose RTVB 2381 or IMED 2311

Track D: Web Design (AAS_VSCW)
Offered at LSC-North Harris

  • ARTC 1353, IMED 1316, IMED 1341, IMED 2313, IMED 1345, IMED 2315, IMED 2309, IMED 2349, IMED 2345, ITSE 1402;
  • For capstone course, choose IMED 2311 or IMED 2380

Track E: 3D Animation (AAS_VSC3)
Offered at LSC-North Harris

  • ARTV 2345, ARTV 1303, ARTV 1345, ARTV 2351, ARTS 1317, ARTS 1312, ARTV 1341, FLMC 1331, ARTV 1351, GAME 1303;
  • For capstone course, choose IMED 2311 or IMED 2380
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