Harness your creativity for a career in graphic design. Learn the fundamentals of artistic expression and how to translate those skills into digital media such as internet/web design, print design, typography, and e-publishing. Class projects range from web animation to audio, video, street art, book publication, brochure design and many areas in between. NHCC's Graphic Design program also includes studying the social side of having a job – such as professional networking, informational interviews, working with clients and accepting constructive criticism. Work on-on-one with faculty artists and designers who stay current with industry trends and exhibit their work in galleries both nationally and internationally. Become a more media-savvy consumer and citizen. Learn creative problem-solving, a skill prized by employers. Your dreams can take shape, literally, at NHCC.
The Associate of Science in Graphic Design is for students who are interested in:
- Working as graphic designers, web/interactive designers, art directors, production artists, illustrators or in related jobs at design studios, advertising agencies, marketing and public relations companies, corporate art departments, magazines, websites and newspapers
- Working as self-employed (freelance) graphic designers, web/interactive designers, or illustrators
- Continuing study in a baccalaureate or professional degree program for graphic design, web/interactive design, or illustration
Our program integrates current and emerging computer graphics technology with fine arts concepts and understanding. We understand the importance of the past, embrace the job market and cultural context of today, and look ahead to the future of the design industry. Classes such as drawing, color theory, painting, three dimensional design, photography and art history all merge as the foundation for our Graphic Design students to be creative beyond what is possible with just a computer. Learn to think like a designer — strategize and adapt to changing needs, audiences, and capabilities to be ready for your future.
Students take appropriate prerequisite Art core courses as necessary before taking Graphic Design courses. Psychology and sociology are recommended, though not required, elective courses that complement Graphic Design because they give insight into human behavior and how audiences perceive art, advertising, and domestic/international media cultures.
Our graduates have gone on to own their own graphic design studios, have worked for a long list of clients such as The Minnesota Twins, Nickelodeon, 3M, the Smithsonian Institution, and have landed in-house design jobs at nationally recognized companies such as Target, Best Buy, Colle+McVoy, and Minnesota Public Radio, to name just a few.
NHCC's annual collection of student art and writing, Under Construction, has earned 30 national awards for content and design since its first publication in 1968. Awards have been granted by such highly regarded organizations as The Society for Professional Journalists, The Community College National Literary Magazine Competition, IAPHC/The Graphic, Print Magazine, and The Community College Humanities Association, among others. It is a highly anticipated project, offering students the opportunity to be published writers and artists as part of their college experience, and is poised to bring home new awards every year. See Under Construction as an e-publication at www.nhcc.edu/about-nhcc/publications.
It is recommended that students begin their Graphic Design studies by visiting with a counselor or advisor to determine the proper sequence of fine arts core courses to take before moving into graphic design courses. The Associate of Science in Graphic Design degree is designed to articulate to:Concordia University St. Paul B.A. in Graphic Design degreeMinnesota State University at Moorhead B.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design degree
2014 - 2015
Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds, and individual well-being by:
- Demonstrating skill in the foundation studio arts courses
Develop intellectual and practical skills, including:
- Verbally and visually communicating their knowledge of design
- Competently critiquing design
- Designing effectively with type and images
- Communicating traditional design concepts with the latest technology so as to be effective graphic designers in today’s environment
Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, including:
- Developing constructive, organized work habits and professional presentation skills
- Developing an understanding of the creative accomplishments of other people and cultures, past and present, in the development of the field of graphic design
- Studying the ethics in the use of ideas and technical information as a foundation for respect of intellectual ownership
Integrative Learning, including:
- Managing a design problem from conceptualization to a finished layout
- Writing and designing a professional portfolio
- Demonstrating visual problem solving that employs technical skills and comprehension of the historical context of graphic design with application for contemporary design
Be prepared to transfer to and succeed at an upper-level academic institution.
Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.
If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information
The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.
A student shall:
- Earn a minimum of 60 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
- Earn a minimum of 20 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College. A student must complete at least 50% of career specific courses at North Hennepin Community College.
- Earn 30 credits in at least 6 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas.
- Earn 30 professional/technical credits.
- Have four years to complete the graduation requirements as published in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the four-year period preceding their graduation.
Completion of an A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.
Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information
North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.
North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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