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Apply To Graphic Design Media Arts

  • The next program intake of 20 students will be for the Fall 2021 semester. Applications will be accepted between Feb. 1, 2021-March 15, 2021. Acceptance to the program is based on a selection process. Review the Program Admissions Checklist for all application requirements

    Step One: Application
    Complete your online application to Southeast Community College.

    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 5 years and math scores must be from within the last 3 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. Due to recommended health and safety measures as a result of COVID-19, SCC Testing Centers, along with all SCC locations, are currently closed. Once the College has reopened, 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. 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.