Porterville College

Art: Commercial

Associate in Arts Degree

The Commercial Art Associate in Arts Degree will prepare students to work in the fields of graphic arts and illustration. Students will learn how to do design layouts in advertising, print, and digital media and will learn to produce illustrations with commercial applications, such as for books and graphic novels, magazines and the web and for advertising, editorial, and technical purposes. The degree also prepares students for transfer to a four year university to continue their studies toward earning a B.A. in Commercial Art., Graphic Design, or Illustration.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will construct an engaging and dynamic layout by applying the principles of design to the concept and components of the project; apply a range of approaches to using typography in projects; create a design or illustration for a specific client or a specific audience; identify the elements of good storytelling and apply these elements to his/her illustrations; identify and apply a variety of techniques in drawing, painting, and digital media for the creation of illustrations; describe, deconstruct, and evaluate contemporary and historical examples of illustrations and layouts for their purposes and use of visual language; generate original solutions to visual problems by applying the creative process of research, brainstorm, refinement, critique, and finished project; assemble a portfolio of finished paintings, illustrations, and graphic designs that exhibit the technical skills and artistic vision necessary for entry-level work in illustration, and graphic design.

Core Classes - 16 units required

ART P103 - Fundamentals of Drawing

3 units

ART P106 - 2-D Design

3 units

ART P114 - Renaissance to Contemp Art History

3 units

CGRA P110 - Introduction to Digital Arts

3 units

CMRT P102 - Commercial Layout and Design

2 units

CMRT P103 - Illustration

2 units

Electives - 5 units required

ART P116 - Introduction to Painting

3 units

ART P117 - Advanced Drawing

2 units

ART P119 - Advanced Painting

2 units

ART P120 - Head Sculpture

2 units

ART P121 - Figurative Sculpture

2 units

ART P122 - Advanced Figure Drawing

2 units

ART P124 - Figure Drawing

3 units

CGRA P111 - Digital Graphic Design

3 units

CGRA P112 - Digital Imaging

3 units

PHOT P101 - Introduction to Photography

3 units

PHOT P103 - Advanced Photography

3 units

General Education: In addition to completing the major requirements, students must also complete one general education pattern:

  1. PC General Education Pattern
  2. IGETC Pattern
  3. CSU General Education Pattern

Electives as needed to complete the 60 minimum units to complete the degree.

Effective Summer 2014

JSC Job Skills Certificate
CA Certificate of Achievement
AA Associate in Arts Degree
AS Associate in Science Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
Kern Community College District