Graphic Design Transfer

Degree offered

Associate in Arts in Art Transfer

(Graphic Design Concentration)

Credits required 65


Joanne Preston

Program contact

Marisa Millard, Coordinator of Animation, Graphic Design, and Web Design, and Professor of Graphic Design, ext. 2691

Program Goals Statement

This program provides a strong foundation in drawing and design, preparing students for transfer into a senior institution and a career in graphic design, Web and multimedia design, advertising design, and electronic imaging. Students utilize traditional media and computer graphics within a structured curriculum. Studio courses emphasize visual perception, creative thinking, aesthetics, technical skills, and exploration of the design process, and applications to professional practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

  • Students develop their creative and technical potential while building a strong portfolio for use in transferring or towards the job market.
  • Graphic design classes use industry-standard software and hardware in a dedicated design computer lab.

Additional information

  • Sequencing: Students should plan to complete all Studio Foundation program courses before taking any Advanced Studio courses.

After BCC

  • Recent graduates have transferred to Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, UMass Dartmouth, and others. Graduates transfer to four-year BFA programs in graphic design, digital media, Web design, media arts, animation and illustration, as well as art education.
  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer. For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Historical Awareness, Multicultural Perspective, Oral Communication

Degree Requirements

General Courses

ART 105Survey of Art History I: Ancient through Renaissance Art

3 credits

ART 106Survey of Art History II: Modern Art

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Elective Courses

See General Education Competency Courses for course listings

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective - Lab

4 credits

Quan/Sym Reasoning Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-7

Studio Foundation

ART 101Visual Art Colloquium

1 credit

ART 111Drawing I

3 credits

ART 112Drawing II

3 credits

ART 121Two-Dimensional Design

3 credits

ART 122Two-Dimensional Design II

3 credits

ART 131Three-Dimensional Design

3 credits

ART 151Digital Photography

1 credit

ART 260Computer Graphics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:20

Advanced Studio

ART 201Careers in the Visual Arts

2 credits

ART 211Drawing III

3 credits

ART 251Photography II: Digital

3 credits

ART 261Graphic Design I

3 credits

ART 262Graphic Design II

3 credits

ART 266Typography Design

3 credits

ART 267Publication Design

3 credits

ART 280Electronic Imaging

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:23

Choose one elective from

ART 271Web Design I

3 credits

ART 292Design Studio

3 credits

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience

3 credits


an ART course approved by the program coordinator

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence – Fall Semester 1

ART 101, ART 105, ART 111, ART 121, ART 260, ENG 101

Recommended Course Sequence – Spring Semester 2

ART 106, ART 112, ART 122, ART 151, ART 280, ENG 102

Recommended Course Sequence – SUMMER

Consider taking Gen Ed or studio courses to reduce semester load.


Recommended Course Sequence – Fall Semester 3

ART 131, ART 201, ART 211, ART 261, ART 266, Mathematics Elective

Recommended Course Sequence – Spring Semester 4

ART 251, ART 262, ART 267, Lab Science Elective
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