Academic Catalog

Graphic Arts, Design, & Media; Associate in Science

Program Description

The A.S degree in Graphic Arts, Design, and Media offers students the first two years of coursework in various design avenues. The program provides the foundation courses that allow students to transfer into baccalaureate programs in design, which will prepare them for design fields in print, multimedia, and the web.  Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the discipline and the ability to create a portfolio of work necessary for a career in the industry.  

Transfer Information

Students who complete the Graphic Arts, Design, & Media degree can transfer into majors such as Graphic Design, Digital & Multimedia or Visual Communication Design. Many colleges offer opportunities for transfer both in and out of state. Admission is competitive and may require specific coursework to be completed, portfolio submission, and interview during the application process. Transfer credit for Art, Graphic Design, and Electronic Media course may be evaluated after a review of the student’s projects in the course. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer.

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
ARTS 183 Basic Drawing 3
PHOT 181 Basic Digital Photography 3
GRPH 101 History of Media and Design 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
Mathematics Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
ARTS 182
Art From Renaissance to Modern World
or Modern Art
ARTS 184 Two-Dimensional Design 3
GRPH 151 Digital Imagery 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
GRPH 251 InDesign and Typography 3
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
Any Course from the Gen. Ed. Course List 3
Elective 3 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
GRPH 281 Graphics Portfolio 3
Humanities or Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 4
Any Course from the Gen. Ed. Course List 3
Elective 3 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours60

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement. If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.


Some suggested electives are listed below.  Selection of electives should be based on the requirements of the four-year institution.  

Suggested Graphic Arts, Design, and Media Electives

ARTS 186Three-Dimensional Design3
ARTS 286Painting I3
COEM 220Video Location Production3
COEM 224Video Editing and Post Production3
COEM 230Audio Recording for Electronic Media3
PHOT 187Experimental Digital Photography3
PHOT 188Intermediate Digital Photography3
PHOT 207Photojournalism3