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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Start a career in graphic design with our two-year occupational degree or complete our transfer degree to save up to 50% or more on your degree.

SMC’s graphic design degrees provide in-depth design theory instruction using industry standard equipment and design applications. You also get to hear from area design industry leaders. The graphic design programs provides solid foundations for excelling in graphic design whether in agency work, art direction, freelancing, or any other role in this rapidly expanding profession.

  • About the Graphic Design Degree

    Graphic design goes beyond art. While it does require an understanding of artistic basics like color theory, perspective, and hierarchy, it is also closely related to the ever-evolving world of communication, current technology, and design applications. The graphic design programs at SMC will equip you with all those skills and more.

    SMC offers two graphic design degrees, an associate in arts and an associate in applied science.

    The associate in applied science degree is for those who want to complete a two-year degree and immediately begin working. This program features practical, hands-on courses that develop knowledge and skills in art theories, typography, design, and publishing. You’ll learn web design and create your own site. A course in small business management will prepare you with the skills you need for freelancing and a required internship will provide experience to strengthen your resume.

    The associate in arts is for those who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related fields. In addition to hands-on courses in design and publishing, it includes the general education courses required by most universities. You’ll graduate ready to transfer into advanced art and design courses.

    A number of sources of financial aid are available, including talent scholarships.

  • What You’ll Learn/Courses and Curriculum

    View the full curriculum guide for the Associate in Arts in Graphic Design.

    View the full curriculum guide for the Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design Technology.

  • What Can I Do With a Graphic Design Degree?

    Graphic designers create graphics and design page layouts for print, animation, and digital uses. They may work for ad agencies, corporations, or as freelancers. Since graphic design is needed in most industries, designers can usually find employment in an area that interests them. Examples include health care, higher education, manufacturing, and media.

    Careers and Salaries
    Career Option Salary
    Graphic Designers: $50,710
    Multimedia Artists and Animators: $78,790
    Art Directors: $100,890

    2021 median pay. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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