Art and Design Technology Degree Program in Houston, TX

Jan 14, 2019

Houston, TX, Schools Offering Art and Design Technology Degree Programs

Art and design technology is a broad field of study, encompassing subjects as diverse as fashion design, digital communication and civil engineering technology. There are several schools in the Houston area that offer degrees in these fields, and this article profiles three that are within 25 minutes of downtown. A table that compares important aspects prospective students should know, such as costs and number of students, is also included. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph describing two other area schools with art and design technology degree programs.

  • Houston Community College operates over a dozen campuses throughout the Houston area, including one just nine miles from downtown. This college offers Associate of Applied Science degree programs in fields such as fashion design, digital gaming and interior design.
  • With two campuses situated approximately six miles from downtown Houston, San Jacinto College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science programs in fields that include art, interior design and visual communications. The last of these three programs includes instruction in digital design technologies.
  • Texas Southern University, about nine miles from the center of Houston, offers a bachelor's degree program in art and multiple bachelor's degree programs focusing on engineering technology design.

Comparison of Schools

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a school. The following table offers a quick method of comparing these three institutions.

Houston Community College San Jacinto College Texas Southern University
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 30,509* 10,237*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 for in-district, $3,360 for in-state and $3,756 for out-of-state students* $1,500 for in-district, $2,580 for in-state and $4,140 for out-of-state students* $9,173 for in-state and $21,623 for out-of-state students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 50%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* 67%*
Retention Rate (2017) 65% for full-time students and 49% for part-time students* 72% for full-time students and 57% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students and 29% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 18% (for students who began in Fall 2014)* 28% (for students who began in Fall 2014)* 23% (for students who began in Fall 2011)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Houston Community College

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits the Houston Community College District. The college offers numerous art and design technology-related degree programs on multiple campuses.

Digital Communication Program

Students in this associate's degree program may elect to specialize their studies in digital photography, graphic design, multimedia or web technologies. Classes in the 60-credit-hour program cover topics like digital imaging, graphic design, digital media, web design and 3-D modeling.

Fashion Design Program

This Associate of Applied Science program requires 60 credit hours of study. The program's curriculum includes instruction in fashion history, textiles, design fundamentals and sketching. Students may elect to concentrate their studies on theatrical costume design.

Interior Design Program

This 60-credit-hour associate's degree program includes coursework in the fundamentals of interior design, technical drawing for interior designers, presentation drawing and the basic elements of design. The program also includes an internship and a portfolio presentation.

Digital Gaming Programs

Degrees programs in this field of study are digital gaming and simulation for programmers and digital gaming and simulation for artists. Both programs require 60 credit hours of study. Classes in both programs cover topics like the design and creation of games, level design and 3-D game modeling. Both program curricula include a capstone course.

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology Program

Students in this 60-credit hour associate's degree program may specialize in one of six areas: pipe drafting, electrical drafting, computer-aided drafting - general drafting, architectural drafting, mechanical drafting or civil drafting. The program's curriculum provides instruction in subjects like technologies in mechanical design and basic computer-aided drafting.

San Jacinto College

The SACSCOC accredits San Jacinto College District and its design programs.

Art and Design Program

This program is available as an Associate of Applied Science in Art and Design. It prepares students to work in visual communications as graphic designers, commercial animators or fine artists, among other options. Offered classes may be available in design, drawing, art history, photography, web page design and more.

Engineering Design Graphics Program

Students in this field of study may specialize in architectural/civil drafting, mechanical drafting or petro/industrial drafting. All specializations require 60 credit hours of study. Depending on the chosen area of specialization, topics of study may include machine design, technical and computer-aided drafting and machine drafting. All specialization options include an internship or a final project requirement.

Interior Design Program

This program requires at least 60 credit hours of study. Classes in the program cover subjects such as textiles for interior design, the history of interiors, presentation drawing, computer-aided drafting and commercial design. The curriculum also includes an internship.

Texas Southern University

This university's engineering technology design-related degree programs are offered through its College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The art program is offered through the university's Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Engineering Technology Design-Related Programs

Students interested in engineering technology design may elect to earn a Bachelor of Science in fields that include civil engineering technology, computer engineering technology or electronics engineering technology. These programs require between 124 and 126 credit hours of study. Classes in them cover topics like computer-aided design, structural steel design, digital hardware design and the fundamentals of drafting. Some programs include lab work or require that students complete a senior project prior to graduation.

Art Program

Students in the art program may specialize in one of seven areas: printmaking, sculpture, painting, design, drawing, ceramics or art history. The department also offers a teacher certification track in this program. The traditional program with a specialization requires 123-course-credit hours.

Other School Options

Located about 27 miles from the center of Houston, Lee College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Game Development Specialist. It also offers an Associate of Arts in Creative Arts. Alvin Community College, which is situated about 21 miles from downtown Houston, offers associate's degree programs in art and industrial design technology.

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