Graphic communications is a great career for creatively minded people who also enjoy computers and technology. Though the tools for design have changed from pen and paper to computers and software, ideas and artistic skill are still important. If you are a creative person with technical savvy, this career is for you.
The Graphic Communications program at Gateway Technical College is a two-year associate degree program offered at both the Racine and Elkhorn campuses. Students also have the option to complete all or a portion of the program online which gives students the convenience of working around their schedule. After earning the associate degree, students can pursue a number of certificates that focus on areas such as digital photography and digital publishing.
Students enhance learning with participation in student clubs and an annual district-wide design show. State-of-the-art computer labs and graphic design software help students to generate great portfolios - a must when it comes to job hunting. Additionally, students will benefit from instructors who collectively have more than 50,000 hours of experience in design-related fields of visual communication like printing, advertising, branding, web design, multimedia, and photography.
Learning By Doing
Hands-on learning is a huge part of the Graphic Communications program at Gateway. Students will produce real-life designs in the classroom, which will translate to valuable portfolio items. The Elkhorn and Racine campuses are both equipped with state-of-the-art computer labs and graphic design software including; projection, scanning, printing and photography equipment.
Students can take an individually driven internship course or participate in a team based internship called BizSquad. During this course teams of students in business-related fields combine their expertise to work hands-on with area businesses. These groups provide business clients with business plans, graphics, web design, financial analysis, and other business-related services.
Beyond the classroom, Graphic Communications students can also participate in design and digital photography student clubs as well as an annual design show. Various field trips to design conferences and businesses in the design industry further enhance learning. Graphic Communications students often have the opportunity to study abroad as part of Gateway’s International Education program. International education opportunities could include participation in a global project team with students from Germany or studying art and multimedia in Paris.
Minimum 64 credits with an average of 2.0 or above.
*Average of 2.0 (“C”) or above for these major courses.
For a complete list of Graduation Requirements, check the Student Handbook.