degree program

The SAA design program is a two-year program that leads to an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Advertising Art. Each and every course is related to the study of design and advertising. The program consists of design courses that focus on creativity, typography, graphic design, photography, web design, illustration, video and motion design, art direction, and professional development. Students learn to use design software and how to code websites.


Academic courses are required, and are listed below. Through these courses, students learn the principles of writing for advertising, as well as presentation skills. Students investigate advertising trends, and they discover how historically significant painting, sculpture, and artifacts can be used in today’s artistic environments. For more information, please contact SAA’s Director of Education at 877 300 9866.

  • English Composition
  • Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Marketing I and II
  • Introductions to Communications and Advanced Communications
  • Business and Ethics of Graphic Design
  • Psychology


During Year Two, students complete a four-week graphic design Externship. The Externship is a mandatory part of their education and students receive course credit for their participation.

Students are placed at local design firms, web design firms, corporate in-house design departments, non-profit corporations, and printers where they receive real world experience as a professional graphic designer. Learn more about the program.

articulation agreements

SAA has articulation agreements with select schools to allow students to transfer SAA credits and continue their studies. Transferability of credits is determined individually by each school. The Articulation Agreements page of this website has a list of the select schools.

Contact the Director of Education at 877 300 9866 for more information.