General Technology - Design, AAS


Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in General Technology (A.A.S.) - Design emphasis, prepares students for entry-level Design careers.  The content incorporates related general education requirements, and provides students with the basic skills of effective visual, oral, and written communication for a range of audiences.  

Program Curriculum

63 credits

General Education & Institutional Requirements

The required General Education courses for the Associate of Applied Science degree at Utah Tech include a course in English, Quantitative Reasoning and Human Relations. 

General Education Requirement
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3-4
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
BUS 1370Human Relations3
or COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)
Complete one of the following: Quantitative Course
MATH 1010Intermediate Algebra4
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA)3
General Education (Mathematics)3-5
Design Emphasis Requirements
DES 1100Intro to Digital Design (or DES 1101 and 1102 and 1103)3
or DES 1111 Intro to Digital Design Skills Exam
DES 1200Image Making3
DES 1300Design I3
DES 2100Design Thinking3
DES 2200Photography for Design3
DES 2300Design II3
DES 2710Typography I3
DES 3300Motion Graphics I3
ART 11303-Dimensional Design I3
IXD 1300Web for Designers3
IXD 2000Intro to Tangible Interaction3
Design Emphasis Electives (See Academic Advisor for elective course suggestions)5
Technical Specialty
Complete the following: 18-30 technical specialty credits 112-30

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 63 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  3. Grade of C or higher required in all design courses.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.

General Technology Design Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize content into form using the design process.
  2. Consider different theories, design principles and processes in generating solutions.
  3. Apply ethical, legal, and social responsibilities in all aspects of practice.
  4. Construct effective solutions in teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. Author effective visual, oral, and written communication for a range of audiences.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
HoursFall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Completion of 30 technical specialty credits130Quantitative Literacy (MATH 1010 or MATH 1030)4DES 21003
 ENGL 1010 or 1010D3-4DES 22003
 COMM 21103IXD 20003
 ART 11303IXD 13003
 DES 12003Electives 5
 30 16-17 17
Total Hours 63-64