Initially, students will be admitted to the Visual Communications diploma program. After Term 2 of the Visual Communications diploma program, students will be required to apply to the Graphic Design AAS degree program. Students must submit a portfolio and obtain a satisfactory score and complete the Visual Communications diploma or receive program chair permission.
Students will start the Fall semester by choosing a graphic design or web design concentration.
If you want to take your passion for art and design to the next level, the Graphic Design AAS degree program is closely aligned with local business to understand their "real world" needs and develop those skills in our students. Our classes provide students with design skills, web and print software skills, video production skills and professional work practices needed to get a position in this highly competitive field.
Although most graduates who gain employment begin in entry-level positions, hardworking and talented students have started as high-level designers and owners of successful freelance businesses. The Graphic Design program prepares students to find employment with advertising agencies, corporate design departments, web design companies, book and magazine publishing, digital media companies, graphic design firms, printing companies, newspapers and marketing firms. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have taken courses in communication design, web design, typography, illustration, digital imaging, page layout and digital file preparation.