Art - Graphics

A.A. - Transfer Degree

Students in this major receive a foundation in art and technology; with the assistance of their Academic Advisors, students then select courses according to the major they wish to pursue at the university.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) knowledge that will prepare them for transfer to university graphics programs and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas relevant to graphic design.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify stylistic characteristics of cultural/historical periods studied.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between purpose and form in art and architecture.
  • Analyze the relationship between 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional form and space.
  • Demonstrate foundational technique methods.
  • Demonstrate use of the elements and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate technical/conceptual skills at an appropriate level.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan,  or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with the Faculty Advisor.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation.   (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester (Fall)

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1 3 Major Requirement
ART 101 Basic Design/2 Dimensional Major Requirement
GRA 101 Graphic Communication 1 4 Major Requirement
SSC 101 Student Success Course (recommended) 1 General Elective


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester (Spring)

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102 
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
ARH 142 Survey of World Art 2 3 Major Requirement
ART 102 Basic Design/3 Dimensional 3 Major Requirement
ART 111 Drawing 1 3 Major Requirement
GRA 102 Graphic Communications 2 4 Major Requirement


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ART/GRA Choose a course from ART/GRA Departmental Requirements 3-4 Departmental Requirement
HIS 110 World History to 1500 (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
Physical & Biological Choose a course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Course


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
GRA 206 Portfolio & Career Management 3 Departmental Requirement
Social & Behavioral Choose a course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
Physical & Biological Choose a course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additional Courses


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University  BFA, BA Art (multiple program options)
Northern Arizona University  BFA, BSED Studio Art (multiple program options)
Visual Communication (multiple program options)
University of Arizona  BFA, BA Art & Visual Culture Education (multiple program options)
Studio Art
2nd or 4th Semester Proficiency (depends on program)

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.