Associate Degree in Graphic Design

General

Program Description

The Graphic Design program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and a portfolio needed for employment as a designer. This field involves the use of specialized software combined with creativity, design, and problem solving skills to create visual communication.

This program focuses on developing the creativity and software skills necessary to be competitive in this field. It is completed with an internship in the graphic design field that allows the student to transfer academic skills to a professional environment. Students and graduates of the Graphic Design program have won numerous design awards in the creative industry. Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow as demand for graphic design continues to increase from advertisers, publishers, and computer design firms.

Graduates may be employed as graphic designers at newspapers, print shops, advertising agencies, multimedia shops, web design shops, corporations or non-profit agencies. About 25 percent of designers are self-employed. Many courses include hands-on lab hours with one-on-one assistance from the instructors.

Credits may transfer, in whole or in part, to two- and four-year programs for continued education in a related field.

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Related Careers

  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Web Developer
Last updated January 2018

About the School

Western Iowa Tech Community College is a publicly supported comprehensive community college serving the Iowa counties of Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury, which have a combined ... Read More

Western Iowa Tech Community College is a publicly supported comprehensive community college serving the Iowa counties of Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury, which have a combined population of about 180,000. A nine-member Board of Directors provides governance for Western Iowa Tech Community College. The board members are elected from the nine districts in the six-county service area... Read less

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