In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into a Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for this baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. At the baccalaureate degree level, each student will take an additional core curriculum consisting of 12 courses totaling 36 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include business, design, and general studies. Eight program-specific courses 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.
As the Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program, the Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree is also a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. After completing an Associate of Arts degree program, full-time students matriculating into a Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree program usually graduate in 16 months.