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Bachelor of Science Creative Media Production with an Emphasis in Graphic Communication

Bachelor of Science Creative Media Production with an Emphasis in Graphic Communication


Program Overview

Designed for You: The A-State Online B.S. in Creative Media Production – Graphic Communication


Design your future by earning your online Bachelor of Science in Creative Media Production with an Emphasis in Graphic Communication from Arkansas State University. Learn how to utilize Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce graphic communications and effectively tell stories across a variety of media platforms. Throughout your college coursework, you will study graphic and digital production processes and understand how to use that knowledge to translate designs into published products.

icon $258 Per Credit Hour
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icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Hours Transfer Credits
icon 120 Credit Hours

With A-State's Graphic Communication program, you can bridge that gap between design and actual product by strengthening your creativity skills. We base our online curriculum on present-day best practices and teach you about essential elements of good design and how they all blend in both static and motion graphics. Along with advancing your technical application skills in Adobe Creative Suite, you will also learn experientially how to create and distribute your content across multiple media platforms.

Our 100% online format affords you the flexibility to earn your degree at your pace while still benefiting from all the advantages of in-class learning. You can control your schedule by taking one course at a time or multiple courses simultaneously to finish faster. Learn today for only $258 per credit hour and advance your career tomorrow, all with the assistance and guidance provided by A-State's expert faculty.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for positions in graphic communication, such as:

  • Publications Layout and Design
  • Promotional Products Designer
  • Commercial Printer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Communications/Public Relations Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
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Increase Your Earning Potential

Earning your bachelor’s degree could increase your first-year income by an average of 77%– Arkansas Research Center, 2019

Tuition

An Education You Can Afford


Our B.S. in Creative Media Production – Graphic Communication online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $774

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$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

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Choose the best time for you to start


Earn your B.S. in Creative Media Production – Graphic Communication on your schedule in a 100% online format featuring accelerated courses and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/25/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/27/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 7 wk 05/09/2022 06/24/2022 04/25/2022 04/29/2022 05/05/2022 05/06/2022 06/10/2022
7 wk 06/27/2022 08/12/2022 06/13/2022 06/17/2022 06/23/2022 06/24/2022 07/29/2022
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Admissions

Start Your A-State Journey With These Admission Steps


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S. in Creative Media Production – Graphic Communication online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Spur Your Creativity With an Array of Intriguing Courses


To earn your B.S. in Creative Media Production – Graphic Communication, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 8 credit hours of general education courses, 29 credit hours of major requirements, 21 credit hours of emphasis courses and 321 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Students must take all of the following courses.

GCOM 1813: Introduction to Digital Publishing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the preparation of digital graphics, photographs and text for publication, and of their interrelationships. Includes application of current digital publishing software programs.

MDIA 2023: Media Aesthetics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and basic application of the relationships between the media tools of sight, sound, and motion and the theories that have evolved around them.

MDIA 2033: Writing for Creative Media I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of the principles of scriptwriting for creative media including commercials, corporate videos, television and film programming.

MDIA 2123: Audio Production I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introductory course in live and recorded sound production. Theories and technologies used in audio production for radio, television, film/video, and online delivery.

MDIA 2223: Video Production I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introductory course that focuses on the basics of creating videos in the field and studio by shooting good video, recording good audio, editing raw footage into a coherent story or presentation, and sharing finished videos.

MDIA 3323: Media Analytics and Data Visualization

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Communicating complex information with visually appealing images (charts, graphs, maps, etc.), including processing and cleaning raw data, and effectively communicating data to a multimedia audience.

MDIA 3413: Writing for Creative Media II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of scriptwriting principles for creative media including corporate videos, television and film programming. Prerequisite: MDIA 2033.

MDIA 4123: Media Management and Entrepreneurship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Entrepreneurial techniques and skills including business finance, client interaction, and ethics that can be applied across multiple media-based contexts and platforms.

MDIA 4363: Multimedia Storytelling

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introductory course in multimedia concepts, media elements, platforms, and production. Emphasis is placed on delivery of content across media platforms for diverse audiences.

MDIA 4812: Media Portfolio

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Capstone portfolio of revised student work. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Must be taken in final semester.

Students must take all of the following courses.

GCOM 2673: Digital Prepress Workflow

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Comprehensive overview of the major pre-publishing workflow elements and the options or their interrelationships.

MDIA 3403: Screenwriting for Narrative Motion Pictures

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the study and application of writing and scripting techniques for narrative motion pictures, including synopsis, sequence outline, treatments and screenplay. Characterization and genre conventions are also considered.

MDIA 3373: Introduction to Internet Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introductory course in the use of the Internet as a communication delivery system. The course addresses Internet history, its development and future applications for communicators. Basic computer competency required.

GCOM 3603: Graphic Production System

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of the Press and Post Press processes of graphic reproduction and publishing. Critical aspects unique to each process will be studied including copy preparation, image carriers, image transfer systems, substrates, inks/toners and post press operations. Each process will be studied through classroom experiences, industrial visitations and/or laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: GCOM 1813.

GCOM 3673: Desktop Publishing and Publication Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course examines electronic publishing and publication design using desktop publishing software programs.

GCOM 4643: Graphic Communication Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Management issues specific to the graphic communications industry including quality assurance, sales and customer relations, marketing, scheduling production, laws, ethics, and government interface. Lecture based on course with industry visitations.

CMAC 4063: Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Supervised work in an approved communication-related setting. Prerequisite: program director and faculty advisor permission.

You must take 33 hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Choose courses with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

You must take the following courses.

First-year course

You must take the following Making Connections course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Communication Requirement 

Must have 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement 

Must have 3 to 4 credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through A-State at this time.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Arts and Humanities Requirement 

Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement 

Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from SOC 2213, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement 

One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement 

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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