A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required for Associate of Arts degree completion. Each student takes the core curriculum consisting of 14 courses totaling 36 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include business, design, and general studies. Eight program-specific courses totaling 24 semester credit hours are also required, giving the student the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in one of the fields of fashion design and product development, interior design, merchandise marketing and management, or visual communication.
The Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after entering an Associate of Arts degree program.