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 (http://nhcc.edu/student-resources/academic-advising) 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 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
2015 - 2016
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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