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The pathway of visual arts offers focus in visual art, graphic design, and multi-media design. Visual art degree provides students with experience with drawing, design, painting, and history. Graphic Design degree and certificate offers students the chance to use fundamental skills of a designer through print, multimedia, and web. Finally, Multi-Media Design degree and certificate teaches design skills for CD ROM, interactive DVD, digital video editing, motion picture, web production, digital imaging, and print design. All pathways provide the students with course work that will help them to continue studying Fine and Applied Art.

 Associate of Applied Science-CGR, Graphic Design

Faculty Advisor: Dana Champney Phone: 410-386-8246 Email: dchampney@carrollcc.edu The Computer Graphics program focuses on the development of information design skills used in the fields of print design, multimedia design and web design. Students learn to analyze client needs and create effective design solutions. The first "phase" of courses provides students with the fundamental principles and practices required by all the design professions. Emphasis is focused on developing concepts and carrying them through to finished professional designs. The course work allows students to enhance both their creativity and design sense through a variety of real world projects. Since employers today put emphasis on communication literacy, all CGR courses build upon and support the major General Education Core Competency requirements of the college. A graphic designer uses creativity, images, typography, layouts and color to meet their client's design and marketing objectives by combining creativity and computer competencies with the understanding of technical specifications, while working within budget limitations. The Graphic Design track prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions within an ever-expanding industry. Graduates can work in design studios, printing companies, advertising agencies and in-house corporate art departments. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not. A graphic designer uses creativity, images, typography, layouts and color to meet their client's design and marketing objectives by combining creativity and computer competencies with the understanding of technical specifications, while working within budget limitations. The Graphic Design track prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions within an ever-expanding industry. Graduates can work in design studios, printing companies, advertising agencies and in-house corporate art departments. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not.

General Education Requirements: CGR

ARTS & HUMANITIES: Take ART-125 and one Humanities or Communication course.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
BIOLICAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Choose a General Education Science lab course (4 credits; BIOL-107, ENV-100, FSCI-210, and GEOSC-103 are not allowed.)   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (Minimum C grade required.)
EMERGING ISSUES: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 1 General Education Social and Behavioral Science course (3 credits).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Computer Graphics Program Reqmts: Graphic Design

Elective

(Internship recommended; Contact Scott Gore.)

 Associate of Applied Science-CGR, Multimedia Design

Faculty Advisor: Dana Champney Phone: 410-386-8246 Email: dchampney@carrollcc.edu The Multimedia Design emphasis prepares students for entry-level positions in the interactive design, multimedia design and digital video industries. The curriculum stresses the development of digital design skills for CD ROM, interactive DVD, digital video editing, motion graphics, web production, digital imaging and print design. Students develop their skills using relevant technology including industry standard computer applications. Students learn to use creativity, conceptual thinking and technical expertise to develop marketable design solutions through a wide gamut of real world projects. Graduates can secure entry-level employment with television stations, design studios, web development companies and interactive multimedia studios. Since employers today put emphasis on communication literacy, students also take courses to develop skills in writing, public speaking, psychology, professional development, history and marketing to round out their educations. Students who select this curriculum and wish to transfer later to a four-year institution should check with that institution. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not. * Students wishing to transfer to the University of Baltimore's Simulation and Digital Entertainment degree should follow this degree and take CIS-105 or CIS-132 as their elective.

General Education Requirements: CGR

ARTS & HUMANITIES: Take ART-125 and one Humanities or Communication course.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
BIOLICAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Choose a General Education Science lab course (4 credits; BIOL-107, ENV-100, FSCI-210, and GEOSC-103 are not allowed.)   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (Minimum C grade required.)
EMERGING ISSUES: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 1 General Education Social and Behavioral Science course (3 credits).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Computer Graphics Program Rqmts: Multimedia Design

Elective

(Internship recommended; Contact Scott Gore.)

 Associate of Arts-Arts & Sciences, Visual Art

Faculty Advisor: Jessi Hardesty Phone: 410-386-8256 Email: jhardesty@carrollcc.edu Students following the Arts and Sciences-Visual Arts recommendation at Carroll Community College are well positioned to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Maryland as well as other states. The courses in the sequence are transfer oriented and form the basis of a solid foundation in the liberal arts. By using the online ARTSYS program, artsys.usmd.edu, students can plan additional courses will also transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. The mission of the Visual Art faculty is to equip graduates with both the studio and creative skills essential to preparing them for a range of art related jobs or acceptance into degree-granting institutions. To this end, we provide students with experience in a full range of art media and a variety of instructional methods designed to lay a broad foundation in studio production. Additionally, students are exposed to the role of art in culture and diversity in the making of art world-wide. The courses emphasize analytical thinking, problem solving and critical thinking skills conducive not only to the making of art but to life-long learning.

General Education Requirements

ARTS & HUMANITIES: Three Areas will show as required until two Areas have been completed.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
EMERGING ISSUES: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (Minimum C grade required.)
ENGLISH LITERATURE:
MATHEMATICS: (select 1 course)  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Science courses; one must be a lab course (7-8 credits).   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Choose 2 General Education Social and Behavioral Science courses from 2 different subjects (6 credits).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Arts & Sciences Program Electives

***** IMPORTANT ADVISING NOTES ***** If you select more than 30 credits to fulfill General Education requirements (two 4-credit science courses and/or 4 or more credits of math), you may apply the "extra" credit toward your electives. See an advisor for clarification. This program of study is a transfer recommendation under the ARTS and SCIENCES major. Your degree, ASSOCIATE OF ARTS, will appear on your diploma. Your transcript will say ASSOCIATE of ARTS in ARTS and SCIENCES. This transfer recommendation is offered for students who have not selected a transfer destination. You may take any 29 elective credits to meet Carroll graduation requirements. Consult ARTSYS, Carroll advisers, and the receiving college catalog to select courses that will transfer toward your bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

 Certificate-CGR Graphic Design

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Faculty Advisor: Dana Champney Phone: 410-386-8246 Email: dchampney@carrollcc.edu This certificate outlines a sequence of courses designed for artists and technicians working in the design field or those who would like to obtain employment as computer graphic designers, computer illustrators and desktop publishers. (See corresponding degree program for details.) Although courses may be taken in any sequence as long as prerequisites are met, certain courses (CGR-110 and CGR-115) are strongly recommended before others as the skills developed in these courses are utilized and applied in the more advanced courses.

Computer Graphics Program Reqmts: Graphic Design

Elective

(Internship recommended; Contact Scott Gore.)

 Certificate-CGR, Multimedia Design

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Faculty Advisor: Dana Champney Phone: 410-386-8246 Email: dchampney@carrollcc.edu This certificate outlines a sequence of courses designed for technicians working in the design field or those who would like to obtain employment as publication design specialists, technical computer artists and multimedia technicians. Please see the corresponding degree program for details. Although courses may be taken in any sequence as long as prerequisites are met, certain courses (CGR-110 and CGR-115) are strongly recommended before others as the skills developed in certain courses are utilized in others.

Computer Graphics Program Rqmts: Multimedia Design

Elective

(Internship recommended; Contact Scott Gore.)

Career Strategies

Visual Arts Strategies

  • Gain relevant experience through internships or volunteer positions in museums or galleries (e.g. Carroll Arts Council, BMA, etc.).
  • Participate in juried shows and exhibitions.
  • Maintain an up-to-date physical and digital portfolio of your work.
  • Gain additional skills and experience through an apprenticeship, internship or volunteer position with a professional artist or organization.
  • Secure guild membership.
  • Learn to network and make contacts.
  • Gain relevant experience through part-time jobs and internships.
  • Obtain summer or part-time experience with book, magazine or newspaper publishers.
  • Develop attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Supplement the program's coursework with course work in advertising or business.
  • Develop proficiency with photo editing software.
  • Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.
  • Gain valuable experience through volunteering, internships, part-time and summer jobs, and apprenticeships.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in areas of interest to learn more about opportunities and strategies for these areas. Learn to network.
  • Develop skills in business management, computers, marketing and other related areas to increase marketability.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of business principles. More than half of all professional artists are self-employed.
  • Apprentice with a freelancer.
  • Volunteer to assist gallery director in hanging exhibitions on campus.
  • Participate in art clubs, juried shows and exhibitions, including Carroll's Student Exhibition.
  • Volunteer to teach drawing, painting and visual arts in local senior centers or nursing homes.
  • Join art related professional associations to learn about opportunities, competitions and networking with other artists:

General Strategies

  • Earn good grades. Grades are an indicator of technical competence and of a person's work ethic.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Creative Arts Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Attend a resume, social media, or personal branding workshop on campus.
  • Develop leadership skills through participation in student organizations (e.g. Campus Activities Board, SGO, etc.).
  • Network: Talk with people working in the field or affiliated with arts organizations to find out about jobs and opportunities. Join professional groups to make contacts.
  • Follow blogs or websites of creative professionals you admire.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge/Advanced Leadership Challenge.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.) either through the college or in the community.





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