Digital Arts
Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Jones, 443-412-2326,; Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Art + Design program offers students an Associate of Arts degree and preparation to transfer to a B.A. or B.F.A. Art + Design program. This program challenges students with an intensive, hands-on, studio-based curriculum that emphasizes art making skills and critical thinking. Classes are taught by professional, exhibiting artists who have expertise in their disciplines. This program also provides the community with the opportunity to study for personal enrichment.

The Digital Arts concentration focuses on the creation of artwork using digital and interactive media. Students investigate a broad range of disciplines including video, web, sound, animation, 3-D modeling, motion graphics and digital photography within the context of the fine arts. This interdisciplinary approach exposes students to evolving technologies and practices of using the computer as a rich and unique resource for image making, print and web design, time-based art, and portfolio production. Graduates are prepared for further study in film and animation, the gaming industry, commercial art and photography, motion graphics, new media, and interdisciplinary arts.

Students planning to transfer to a private art college, or who need more intensive development of their portfolios for transfer to any institution, should enroll in the Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is well-suited for those transferring to a state institution. Please consult with an advisor.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Art + Design degree students will be able to:
  1. Create works with proper use of design elements.
  2. Create works with demonstrated proficiency in the use of materials, tools, techniques, and processes.
  3. Clearly communicate and demonstrate critical thinking to articulate ideas in visual, verbal, and written forms.
  4. Demonstrate good habits and behaviors of self-reflection, motivation, confidence, and work ethic.
  5. Create work that shows the clear evolution of concept development.
  6. Successfully transfer to a four-year institution.

# Advanced Digital Studio Course Check catalog for prerequisites.
 ART 213Studio Drawing II: Contemporary Practice 3
 ART 229Design for the Web 3
 ART 2302-D Computer Animation 3
 ART 2313-D Modeling and Animation 3
 PHOT 231Digital Photography II 3

HCC graduates successfully transfer to art schools and universities, both in and out of Maryland. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance. Many art schools require portfolios for admission and financial aid consideration. HCC faculty are well-versed in these requirements and assist students in portfolio preparation.

Nationally, 673,656 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 3.48 million people. This represents 4.01 percent of all U.S. businesses and 2.04 percent of all U.S. employees—demonstrating statistically that the arts are a formidable business presence and broadly distributed across our communities. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America's competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.

Art + Design graduates are offered educational opportunities and critical thinking skills that give them the flexibility to use their visual training in many related fields. Opportunities for employment may also be found in architecture, arts administration, art criticism, industrial design, theater set design, film and video production, game design, emerging markets in technology, and public relations, among others. Employment is usually secured by the presentation of a portfolio that shows evidence of appropriate skills and talent.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
ART 101Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 111Studio Drawing I: Observation 3
ART 120Digital Foundations I 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
ART 107Fundamentals of 3-D Design 3
ART 160Time-Based Media 3
PHOT 131Digital Photography I 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective *3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
ART 108Digital Media Culture 3
ART 201History of Art-Ancient and Medieval 3
ART 208Digital Foundations II 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
ART 202History of Art-Renaissance to Modern 3
ART 233Portfolio Workshop 3
Advanced Digital Studio Course #3
General Elective*1
Biological/Physical Science Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total14

*If a four-credit course in mathematics is substituted, the one-credit General Elective in the fourth semester is not necessary.

Courses in this discipline may require field trip(s).

Students who wish to pursue further study in art may, with instructor permission, enroll in Independent Study.