Plan of Study
TCC Associate in Arts in Art
NSU Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication – Photography option
The Visual Communication program at NSU is designed to provide students with quality instruction in the conceptual aspects of visual communication and the applied use of technology in visual communication. It is also designed to provide opportunities for students to combine conceptual and applied knowledge to create professional level visual communication content. Students in the Photography option will receive advanced instruction in the aesthetic conception and production of photography, particularly in digitally based formats.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an A.A. or A.S. from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements for the Visual Communication major at NSU. You can earn up to 12 hours of the 43 hours of visual communication courses required for the major at NSU while obtaining your A.A. degree in Art and taking JMC 1013 Introduction to Mass Communication. These 12 hours are listed on the plan of study on the next page.
What it takes to complete a B.A. in Visual Communication from NSU. If you don’t complete your A.A. or A.S. at TCC, you will need to meet Northeastern’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a B.A. in Visual Communication. Of those hours, 60 must be from a four-year college or university and 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level. You must be English proficient; this means that you must pass English composition I & II with a “C” or better. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete 60 to 64 more hours in order to earn your B.A. in Visual Communication. All courses counting toward the Visual Communication major must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. Students in the Visual Communication program complete a 28 hour common core and 15 hours in the area of specialization (Photography, Multimedia/Web Design). The Visual Communication major requires the completion of an 18 hour minor in another discipline of your choice.
How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Each class you take at TCC will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes, but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor’s degrees. A minor is 18 hours from an academic area of your choice, and it is designed to complement your major. Your advisor will help you determine your minor and the classes you will take to complete it. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. However, be aware that if not chosen carefully, free electives may not count toward the 124 hours needed for graduation. Always consult your advisor on the viability of any free electives taken. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in the free elective category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your A.A. or A.S. at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you. For more information please call 918-444-3617 or visit the Visual Communication program.
For more information view Course Sequence.