Business Technology & Service

Graphic Communications

The creativity of graphic designers can be seen almost anywhere you look. Step inside any supermarket in the world and you will see thousands of examples of logo designs, packaging labels, point-of-purchase displays, magazines, and more! But graphic design is more than just decoration. As American designer Charles Eames famously said, “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” In our Graphic Communications program you will learn how to take your ideas from concept to completion.

You will work with the same hardware and software that industry pros use, including Apple iMacs; Intel-based PCs; design software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat, and packaging software including Arden Impact. This will prepare you to work as an entry-level designer in advertising agencies, design studios, packaging companies, and more. Or you could even strike it out on your own as a freelance designer.

Our unique Live Shop experience gives you the chance to work with real clients and real deadlines. You’ll work as a team to meet the demands and expectations of your clients under the supervision of instructors with years of real-world experience.

Upon completion of the Graphic Communications AAS degree, students will:

  • Understand the overall graphic communications production process
  • Be able to work in a production environment under tight deadlines
  • Use industry-standard software to design visual communications
  • Be familiar with various layout, design methods, packaging structure and design

Potential Career Titles:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Pre-Press Technician
  • Industrial Designer
  • Art Director

Interested in a Degree in Packaging Design?

The Packaging Design Intermediate Technical Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the packaging industry.  With a primary focus on corrugated and paperboard packaging, students will learn the essentials of the packaging production and printing processes utilizing software and equipment specific to the industry. Using packaging CAD software, students will learn to design standard and custom structures, apply graphics created in Adobe Creative Cloud programs, and produce 3D visualizations.  Students will learn to create working prototypes of their designs using a Kongsberg sample table.  Packaging Design students gain foundational knowledge to prepare them for positions such as structural designer, packaging graphics designer, packaging sales representative, and production worker.  Our partnership with the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation assists students in locating internship and employment opportunities.