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Contact: Jason Santelli, Interim Program Manager • • 301.846.2533 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Career & Academic Planning Services: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Jason Santelli, Interim Program Manager
301.846.2533

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 Career & Academic Planning Services. You can also send a message to email advising 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 career & academic planning services, see Career & Academic Planning Services.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment 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 Disability Access Services, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science The Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science program is designed for students whose career goals are oriented toward design for mass media. Students will learn to produce design for publications, illustration, photography, public relations, presentations communications, web, and video. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree 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

 

*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.

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Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
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 Career & Planning Services (CAPS) at 301.846.2471 or visit the Transfer Services webpage.

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

Graphic Design Certificate The Graphic Design 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.
er progress.

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

View the Arts Career Community

Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
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.
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Graphic Design Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Arts & Humanities - Discontinued *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. 
 
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

View the Arts Career Community

Archived Curriculum Pathways
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

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

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway
2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC is working to increase the number of in-person classes while continuing to comply with public health and safety standards. Learn More about Course Formats.

For related non-credit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) programs, see Personal Enrichment Photography. Please note that these courses are not affiliated with FCC credit or certificate programs. While CEWD courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible, and rewarding programs. Select CEWD courses offer industry-recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
To find more information about how credits may 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 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
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