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Graphic Communications Degree

The Graphic Communications Degree program is devised to provide students with essential skills and knowledge to enter the exciting graphic arts field. Designers must possess a strong sense of creativity, aesthetics, color and detail, as well as a sense of balance, proportion, and professional design. Their creations are often the main media used to successfully market products and services and strongly influence buying decisions in our ever-changing business environment.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates may find employment opportunities in the following occupational areas

    • Advertising Layout
    • Graphic Design
    • Newspapers
    • Printing Industry
    • Publishing Companies
    • Screen-Printing
    • Sign companies

Upon successful completion of the Graphic Design curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

Students wishing to achieve a four-year degree will need to meet general education requirements of transfer institutions and pursue the A.A. Degree. This will necessitate a slightly different curriculum so refer to your program advisor for course selection.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

ART-115 Graphic Design 3 s.h.
ART-120 Two Dimensional Design 3 s.h.
ART-133 Drawing 3 s.h.
BUS-102 Introduction to Business 3 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Term
ART-116 Graphic Design II* 3 s.h.
ART-127 Digital Illustration 3 s.h.
ART-187 Creative Photography 3 s.h.
BUS-122 Emerging Business Practices & Technologies 3 s.h.
Approved Electives 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Year - Third Term
ACC-111 Introduction to Accounting 3 s.h.
BCA-155 Introduction to Web Design 3 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
ENG-106 Composition II** 3 s.h.
MKT-110 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Fourth Term
BUS-130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 s.h.
BUS-161 Human Relations 3 s.h.
BUS-225C Business Internships*** 3 s.h.
Natural Science/Math Elective 3 s.h.
Approved Electives 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Total Program Hours 60 s.h.
Approved Electives
ACC-121 Principles of Accounting I 3 s.h.
ACC-122 Principles of Accounting II**** 3 s.h.
ART-134 Drawing II***** 3 s.h.
ART-203 Art History I 3 s.h.
ART-204 Art History II 3 s.h.
BCA-101 Introduction to Computers 3 s.h.
BCA-152 Comprehensive Spreadsheets+ 3 s.h.
BCA-215 Computer Business Applications 3 s.h.
BUS-152 Creating a Company 3 s.h.
BUS-225C Business Internships (a repeatable course)++ 3 s.h.
MKT-150 Principles of Advertising 3 s.h.

+ If you anticipate achieving a two-year degree, enroll in a Business Elective your first year and Workplace Professionalism your second year, preferably Fourth Term.
*Prerequisite: ART-115 Graphic Design.
**Prerequisite: ENG-105 Composition I or ENG-102 Composition and Speech I with a grade of C or higher.
***Prerequisites: Students must enroll in and pass BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism. Students must have their proposed experience approved by the Business Division Chair before they may register and begin.
****Prerequisite: ACC-121 Principles of Accounting I or equivalent.
*****Prerequisite: ART-133 Drawing I.
+Prerequisite: BCA-215 Computer Business Applications or BCA-101 Introduction to Computers and Information Systems.
++Prerequisites: Students must enroll in and pass BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism. Students must have their proposed experience approved by the Business Division Chair before they may register and begin.