2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 12, 2021  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Design (AAS) Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate in Applied Science Digital Design, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Art Course Recommendation

Choose one

3. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Develop written communication skills in order to create content for clients, employers and businesses in a clear, concise and professional manner.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.


    Note: If transferring to Evergreen State College, you must complete ENGL&101 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

Note: If transferring to Evergreen State College, four criterion must be met:

  1. Earn a technical associate degree from a regionally accredited Washington community or technical college. Eligible degrees include: AAS, ATA, AAT, or AAS-T degrees.
  2. Complete ENGL&101 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Complete a minimum of 20 academic, quarter hours of college-level credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher in each course. No more than 10 credits earned in the same subject area can count toward the 20 credit minimum.
  4. Have a cumulative, college-level GPA of 2.5 or higher.

4. Intro to Graphic Design and Rich Media

5. Math Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: This course provides the foundation of math skills needed in a business environment.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options.

6. Human Behavior Course Recommendation

Choose one

7. Layout Design and Publishing

8. Public Speaking

9. Graphic Design

  • Course purpose: This class covers beginning and advanced graphic design techniques using Adobe Illustrator, one of the main tools of a graphic and media designer.

10. Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Animation

  • Course purpose: This is the first media design class in the program. It teaches the creation of 3D models and how to texture, light and animate them. From Game Design to Graphic Design, 3D modelers, texture artists and animators are always an in-demand field.

11. English/Journalism Course Recommendation

Choose one

Action Item: Internship

Secure an internship. Meet with your advisor for assistance.

12. Product Management

13. Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop

14. Fundamentals of Video Production

15. Web Design and CSS

  • Course purpose: Web design has become a required skill for every graphic designer. This along with page layout, illustration and image editing make up the four basics every graphic designer needs in their skill set.

16. Fundamentals of Motion Graphics and Interactive Media

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

17. Digital Design Course Recommendation

Choose one grouping or a combination of courses from each group (3 courses total). Meet with your advisor to discuss options.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Meet with your advisor if you have any course substitutions that need to be submitted to the evaluations office.

20. Portfolio

21. Supervised Internship

  • Course purpose: Students get a practical application of skills they learned. It is a 90-hour commitment that is designed to give students work experience in the field of graphic and media design.

Total Credits: 97

Program Code: 504

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