Graphic Design AS

Harness your creativity for a career in graphic design! Learn the fundamentals of artistic expression and then progress to digital design for the internet and print media. Gain experience with web animation, audio/video editing, street art, book publication, brochure/postcard/package design, and many areas in between. Learn about the design industry, strategies to get a job as a graphic designer, and study the social side of having a job such as professional networking, informational interviews, working with clients and accepting constructive criticism. Work one-on-one with faculty artists and designers who stay current with industry trends, make art with national and international audiences, and get real clients to work with classes. 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!

NHCC’s Graphic Design Program integrates current and emerging digital technology with fine arts concepts and understanding. Classes like drawing, color theory, painting, three dimensional design, photography and art history all merge as a foundation for students to be creative beyond what is possible with just a computer. Learn to think like a designer — strategize and adapt to changing needs and audiences to be ready for your future. NHCC Graphic Design graduates have gone on to own their own graphic design studios and have worked for a long list of employers such as The Minnesota Twins, Nickelodeon, 3M, the Smithsonian Institution, Target, Best Buy, Colle+McVoy, and Minnesota Public Radio, to name just a few.

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

The degree is friendly towards continuing studies in graphic design at a 4-year college/university. Talk with an academic advisor ( about possibilities for continuing study, and about determining the best sequence of fine arts core courses to take before moving into graphic design courses.

NHCC's annual collection of student art and writing, Under Construction, is designed by students and has earned 30 national awards for content and design since 1968 from organizations such as The Society for Professional Journalists, The Community College National Literary Magazine Competition, Print Magazine, and The Community College Humanities Association, among others. It offers a rare chance to be a published writer and/or artist as part of a community college experience. See Under Construction as an e-publication at

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 degree
  • Minnesota State University at Moorhead B.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design degree


    2015 - 2016

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