The next program intake of 20 students will be for the Fall 2023 semester. Applications will be accepted starting
February 1, 2023 through March 15, 2023. Acceptance to the program is based on a selection process. If space is
available after the deadline, students will be accepted on a rolling basis. Review the Program Admissions
Checklist (PDF) for all application requirements
Step One: Application
Complete your online application to Southeast Community
Step Two: Math and Reading/English Placement Score
We accept the ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, or the Next Generation Accuplacer test. SCC uses the reading score for
English course placement. Reading scores must be from within the last five years and math scores must be from within
the last three years.
- If you have taken college courses in the areas of math and English, please have an official transcript sent
electronically through your previous college and our Testing Center can review.
- If you do not have any of the above, you can take the Next Generation Accuplacer test through our Testing
Center. Please contact our Testing Center at 402-437-2715 to make an appointment.
- If you have recently taken the ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, or the Next Generation Accuplacer tests and have access to
your scores, please send us your scores. We will accept a copy or picture of the scores. Please make sure your
name and test date are printed on the page.
Step Three: Visual Awareness Assessment
The Assessment consists of five exercises that will assess your basic visual awareness and critical and
creative thinking skills. Applicants can prepare for this assessment by conducting brainstorming exercises,
critically assess the message of design work from publications such as Communication Arts, and creating still life
pencil drawings. There is no cost for the assessment and you will need to allow approximately two hours to complete
this assessment. You may only take the assessment one time during each application period. You are able to complete
this assessment at the Testing Center at the Lincoln Campus. Please contact the Lincoln testing Center at
402-437-2715 to schedule a date and time to complete the assessment. Once you have completed the assessment, the
Testing Center will update the Admissions office.
Step Four: Prepare Your Portfolio
Submit a maximum of six (6) examples of your creative art work to the GDMA Applications Drop Box during the
application period. The drop box link will be sent to you once an application for the GDMA program has been
received. The GDMA program will be looking for students who have an eye for and who can understand and communicate a
message visually. Portfolio examples should include still life or other pencil drawings. The portfolio can also
include digital art, design work, paintings, and photography that showcase an understanding of: Composition,
Texture, Depth, Line, Light, Patters/Shape, and Vantage Point.
Step Five: Orientation
GD|MA instructors will be reviewing each applicant’s Visual Awareness Assessment and portfolio against a rubric (PDF). GD|MA will accept the
top 20 scoring candidates who meet all other program and college requirements. Applicants will be notified no later
than the end of April if they have been accepted into the GD|MA program. Once applicants have been accepted into the
program, they will need to attend a college New Student Orientation and a GD|MA program orientation to secure their
seat in program. Students who fail to attend orientations will be dropped from the program and will need to reapply
for the next available start date.