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Digital Arts

Associate of Applied Science

Get started in the field of digital arts. You can focus on print techniques, color rendering, typography, and print design or choose to concentrate on interactive/web design, web software, and web layout and production skills.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

added FT Fall semester pathwayLocation

West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Arts
Dean: 520.206.6690
Dept. Chair: 520.206.6914
Program Advisor: 520.206.6856
Information Sessions


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training.  Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Art Director $32,293
Artist or Illustrator $21,027
Graphic Designer $38,162

Program Requirements 2020-2021

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.*  A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Recommend: PSY 132
Mathematics or Science
Recommend: BUS 151 
Other Requirement 
Recommend: ANT 202, CMN 120, DAR 250, or ECN 150 
Special Requirement
Fulfill the C or G requirement by completing an appropriate course in the above categories
Subtotal 9-10

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
DAR 102 Fundamentals of Digital Design 4
DAR 112 Graphic Design I 4
DAR 120 Applied Computer Graphics 4
DAR 122 DeskTop Graphics: Adobe Illustrator 4
DAR 221 Photo Image Editing: Adobe Photoshop 4
DAR 226 Desktop Publishing for Digital Arts: Adobe InDesign 4
DAR 288 Digital Arts Business and Portfolio Capstone 2
Subtotal 26

Required Support Course

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ART 105 
  or ART 115 
  or DAR 250
Exploring Art and Visual Studies
  Color and Composition
  Computer 2-D Animation: Adobe After Effects
GTW 101
  or WRT 101
Writing for Trades and Technical Occupations
  English Composition I [SUN# ENG1101]
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
Subtotal 7-8

Core Concentrations

Complete one of the following concentrations. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
Design Concentration (Concentration Code: DARD)
DAR 101 Color Rendering and Theory 4
DAR 111 Typography 4
DAR 210 Digital Arts Design Studio: Advertising Design 4
DAR 212 Digital Arts Design Studio: Collateral Design 4
DAR 230 Production Techniques for Print 4
Subtotal 20
Web Design Concentration (Concentration Code: DARW)
DAR 252 Interactive Design I 4
DAR 254 Interactive Design II 4
DAR 256 Web Design 4
DAR 257 Advanced Web Design 4
DAR 259 Mobile Application Design 4
Subtotal 20
Total 62-64

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:   Communication Requirement - WTW 101 or WRT 101 fulfill this requirement; Arts and Humanities - ART 105, 115, or DAR 250 fulfill this requirement

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: AASCOMMGRAPH/DAR1/**** (see concentration codes below)

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