Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Advisor Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2021-2022 Catalog & Student Handbook Major: Visual Arts, Film Specialization, AAA

Visual Arts, Film Specialization, AAA

PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students for jobs in digital film production. This degree is offered at the Midlothian Campus.

CREDENTIALS:  An Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) degree is a major in an area related to the visual arts such as film, photography, and visual arts that takes two years for full-time students to complete. Although the purpose of an AAA degree is to gain skills for employment, some transfer institutions may accept some or all of the courses from an AAA major.

TRANSFER INFORMATION:  This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. More information can also be found at

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Critically evaluate personal studio art projects and those of other students, applying the process of critique.
  2. Write a professional resume, cover letter, and artist statement introducing themselves, their art, and their artistic philosophies.
  3. Gauge linear perspective and proportion in relation to drawing.
  4. Produce an edited film sequence utilizing various film editing and postproduction techniques.
  5. Execute a body of artwork utilizing various lighting and filmmaking equipment.
  6. Assemble a reel of specified projects.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
SDV 100 - College Success Skills 1 credit
ENG 111 - College Composition I

Prerequisite(s): Qualifying placement score or test waiver.

3 credits
ENG 112 - College Composition II

Prerequisite(s): ENG 111 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or departmental approval.

3 credits
MTH 154 - Quantitative Reasoning Additional Course Option: MTH 161. 

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s): Competency in MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through placement or unit completion or equivalent or Corequisite: MCR 4: Learning Support for Quantitative Reasoning

3 credits
ART 101 - History of Art: Prehistoric to Gothic 3 credits
ART 121 - Foundations of Drawing 3 credits
ART 131 - Two-Dimensional Design 3 credits
CST 151 - Film Appreciation I 3 credits
ART 102 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
ART 132 - Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits
ART 130 - Introduction to Multimedia 4 credits
ART 150 - History of Film and Animation 3 credits
PHT 150 - Film Production I Offered Fall only 3 credits
ART 180 - Introduction to Computer Graphics Additional Course Options: ART 203, ART 208, ART 217, CST 131, CST 145.  3 credits
CST 131 - Acting I Additional Course Options: CST 136, CST 140, CST 145, CST 160.  3 credits
ART 208 - Video Techniques Additional Course Options: PHT 120, PHT 164, PHT 221.  3 credtis
PHT 151 - Film Production II Offered Spring only 3 credits
PHT 274 - Digital Film Editing and Post Production Offered Spring only 3 credits
ART 204 - Animation II Additional Course Options: ART 218, CST 132, CST 136, CST 140, CST 145, PHT 135. 

Prerequisite(s): ART 203.

4 credits
PSY 200 - Principles of Psychology Additional Course Options: SOC 200, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122. 

Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 111.

3 credits
ART 287 - Portfolio and Resume Preparation 1 credit

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 60


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myTyler portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.

Students enrolled in ART 287 will develop a portfolio during their last semester of study.