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Graphic Design Degree Program

AAS Graphic Design

The Ability to Design Your Future

Our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design program prepares students for an exciting career in advertising, marketing or publishing as a professional graphic designer. The program focuses on creative thinking and conceptual problem-solving to communicate messages that inform, persuade and sell. Graphic design courses are taught by professional graphic designers and features real-world projects that provide practical instruction to students.

Courses explore the “secrets” of good graphic design, including the synthesis of type, image, color and layout. Students will assemble a portfolio of effective communications pieces during the program, including Web sites, identity and logo packages, annual reports, packaging design and marketing/advertising collateral. This portfolio will prove invaluable as students market themselves to potential employers or “pitch” clients as a freelance designer.

Skills You'll Learn
1 Assemble a finished, professional-quality portfolio of design samples.
2 Communicate and negotiate effectively with producers and suppliers of design products.
3 Develop the foundational verbal and mathematical skills needed to successfully present your ideas and assemble budgets for projects.
4 Use industry-standard graphic design software to create and edit texts and images.
5 Interpret, prioritize and organize concepts into a complete advertising/design presentation for print and Web.
6 Learn to effectively critique your own design work and the work of others.
7 Use industry-standard design software to create print and online materials, including popular image editing and Web design applications.
8 Work successfully on projects as part of a design team.
Graphic Design
Jobs in Graphic Design
Document Specialist $20,800 avg. starting salary
Graphic Designer $22,490 avg. starting salary
Web Designer/Developer $24,960 avg. starting salary
Source: Bryant & Stratton College
2011-12 Placement Report
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