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Contact: Lisa Sheirer , Program Manager • • 301.846.2637 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Lisa Sheirer , Program Manager
301.846.2637

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Graphic Design Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Arts & Humanities *Due to the newly approved Graphic Design A.A.S. degree, the Graphic Design AOC within the A.A. degree in Arts & Humanities will be discontinued. No new students will be admitted to the AOC program. Students will now select the A.A.S. degree when choosing a major for 2019-2020. **Current students in the 2018-2019 catalog year and prior have the option to complete the AOC within the 5 year teach-out period or to change their major to the AAS degree in the 2019-2020 catalog year.


The Graphic Design Area of Concentration is designed for students whose career goals are oriented toward the mass media in the fields of graphics and publication design. This program places emphasis on the conception, planning, and creation of visual solutions across multiple communication platforms. 

Program curriculum provides students with training in current software as well as design and communication strategies. Students will produce a portfolio of designs including print, web, photography, and presentation graphics. 
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core EN 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration COMM 111 Introduction to Electronic Media   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core ARTT 101 Foundations of Studio Art   3 Credits
5 Concentration GRPH 111 Graphic Design I   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed (recommend Cultural Competence   3 Credits
7 Concentration GRPH 112 Communication Graphics II   3 Credits
8 Elective Elective (recommend CMIS 106)   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core ARTT 106 Drawing I   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Departmental Requirement GRPH 132 Digital Photography I   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement GRPH 114 Web Design I   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement FILM 144 Digital Video Production   3 Credits
14 Elective Elective   3 Credits
15 Departmental Requirement ARTT 204 Illustration I   1 Credit

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Departmental Requirement GRPH 214 Web Design II   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement INTR 103 Internship*   2/3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement GRPH 215 Professional and Transfer Portfolio   1 Credit
19 PE/Health Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1 Credit
20 Departmental Requirement GRPH 212 Communications Graphics III   3 Credits
21 Concentration Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
*To participate in an Internship, students in 60-credit degree programs must have already earned between 40 and 45 credits toward their degree or certificate program. 

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of current industry standard software.
  • Produce works of digital and interactive art in a variety of media.
  • Demonstrate and appreciate the creative/problem solving process through research, development, and execution of digital media.
  • Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in an internship.
  • Enhance skills as critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, and effective ethical communicators who demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with industry standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan, produce, and edit digital productions that reflect an awareness of current visual and interactive media standards appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.
  • Demonstrate current digital media skills, procedures, and techniques in order to function successfully as entry-level employees in a professional production facility.


*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science Designed for students whose career goals are oriented toward design for mass media. Students will learn to produce design for publications, illustration, web, video, photography, public relations, and presentation communications. Students planning to earn a B.A. in Graphic Design should consult an advisor to ensure this is the most appropriate degree for meeting their transfer goals.

Students will learn to produce design for publications, illustration, web, video, photography, public relations, and presentation communications. Students planning to earn a B.A. in Graphic Design should consult an advisor to ensure this is the most appropriate degree for meeting their transfer goals.
 
  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement.
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
  • In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.
  • For the Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement, a 3-credit PHED, HLTH, or NUTR course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101.
  • Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core COMM 111 Introduction to Mass Communication   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core ARTT 101 Foundations of Studio Art   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement GRPH 111 Graphic Design I   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed (recommend Cultural Competence course)   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement GRPH 112 Graphic Design II   3 Credits
8 Elective Elective (choose from the list below ‐ recommend CMIS 106)*   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core ARTT 106 Drawing I   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen. Ed   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Departmental Requirement GRPH 132 Digital Photography I   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement GRPH 114 Web Design I   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement FILM 144 Digital Video Production   3 Credits
14 Elective Elective (choose from the list below)*   3 Credits
15 Departmental Requirement ARTT 204 Illustration I   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Departmental Requirement GRPH 214 Web Design II   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement INTR 103 Internship**   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement GRPH 215 Professional and Transfer Portfolio   1 Credit
19 PE/Health Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition   1 Credit
20 Departmental Requirement GRPH 212 Graphic Design III   3 Credits
21 Elective Elective (choose from the list below)*   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

Electives (choose 9 credits from the following list):                                                 
  • ARTT 102
  • ARTT 103
  • ARTT 104
  • ARTT 105
  • CMIS 106
  • CMIS 178
  • ENGL 241
  • FILM 222
  • FILM 255
  • GRPH 131                                                                                                         
 
Students should check with an advisor before selecting their elective.

Note: Students interested in CMIS 178 must take CMIS 177 as a prerequisite or co-requisite.
Students interested in FILM 255 must take FILM 254 as a prerequisite.  
                                                                                                                                                                               
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)                                                                                                                                                            

Transfer Note:
For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Counseling & Advising office at 301.846.2471 or visit the Programs web page.

**To participate in an Internship, students in 60‐credit degree programs must have already earned between 40 and 45 credits toward their degree or certificate program.
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Graphic Design Certificate The Computer Graphics Certificate program is designed to provide the core skills needed to function in the fields of graphic communication, publishing, and Web based design. The challenging and rapidly changing world of visual communications requires creative problem-solving using a combination of tools and techniques.

In hands-on classes, students solve design problems with instruction from active communications professionals, using hardware and software they will encounter in the workplace. College-level reading and writing is expected.
 

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 COMM 101 Introduction to Electronic Media   3 Credits
2 GRPH 111 Graphics Design I   3 Credits
3 GRPH 131 or GRPH Darkroom Photography I or Digital Photography   4/3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 GRPH 112 Graphic Design II   3 Credits
5 GRPH 114 Web Design I   3 Credits
6 FILM 144 Digital Video Production   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

7 GRPH 212 Graphic Design III   3 Credits
8 GRPH 215 Professional & Transfer Portfolio   1 Credit
9 INTR 103 Internship   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current industry standard software.
  • Research and produce an informed design and photography appropriate to client/assignment needs.
  • Produce works of design and photography using a variety of media.
  • Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in an internship.
  • Produce well-crafted design and photography appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway
 

Gainful Employment   Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Personal Enrichment Photography. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.

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Graphic Designers
$50,370.00/yr • +4%*
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Art Directors
$92,780.00/yr • +5%*
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Multimedia Artists and Animators
$72,520.00/yr • +8%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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