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Narrative Illustration, Associate in Science Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AS_CANI
Control Number: 08649

The Narrative Illustration option places its emphasis on a great variety of drawing and painting courses. The diversity of its curriculum may lead the student into career alternatives, such as Illustration for books, including children’s literature, magazines, entertainment art, editorial illustrations and corporate brochures. Students will work in hand made traditional media as well as digital art and illustrations.

Complete the Narrative Illustration Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. Note: this AS degree may require more than 60 units for completion, depending on electives chosen.

Program Outcomes

  1. Create a series of illustrations in a variety of mediums demonstrating techniques and applications of current hands-on illustration techniques.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in drawing, perspective, and various mediums.
  3. Create a portfolio utilizing multiple design techniques for the purpose of becoming freelance commercial artists and/or acceptance to an art college or university for advanced learning.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional 3
ART A120 Beginning Drawing 3
DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives (see list) 2-3
Semester 2
ART A121 Life Drawing 1 3
ART A125 Perspective Drawing 3
Illustrator for Design
or Photoshop for Design
Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives (see list) 2-3
Semester 3
ART A124 Advanced Drawing 3
ART A130
Painting 1
or Digital Painting
ART A143 Story Illustration Techniques 3
Select one of the following: 3
Life Sculpture 1  
Figure Composition  
Life Painting 1  
Semester 4
ART A144 Illustration 2 - Sequential Illustration 3
ART A180 Professional Studies 2.5
Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives (see list) 3-4
 Total Units42.5-45.5

First/Second Semester Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
ART A102Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art History3
ART A130Painting 13
ART A135Digital Painting3
ART A111Color and Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART A142Life Sculpture 13
ART A286Book Arts2
BUS A100/A100HIntroduction to Business3
ENGL A143/A143HChildren's Literature3
MKTG A100Introduction to Marketing3

Fourth Semester Narrative Illustration Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
ART A118Visual Communication 13
ART A236Life Painting 13
ART A251Character Design3
ART A263Watercolor 13
ART A269Cartooning 13
DMAD A117Rapid Illustration Techniques3
DMAD A190Illustrator for Design3
DMAD A193Photoshop for Design3
DMAD A2802D Animation3
DMAD A2813D Computer Graphics Animation3
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 42.5-45.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 60.5