Graphic Design

Digital Media and Design

Ready to become the next Paul Rand or Paula Scher? After being immersed in the foundations of Design and the utilization of Adobe Creative Cloud software year one, you’ll apply those skills year two, to complete a multitude of original projects that feature your conceptual and critical thinking skills, understanding of cultural aesthetics and the design process and a whole lot of your creative image and layout production. 

You won’t stay put. Although the program has a lab outfitted with the latest tech for studio production, you’ll do a slew of off-campus adventuring throughout the two years to get an inside look at the design workplace, as well as meet and learn from current design and graphic production professionals. If working creatively with words and imagery in a collaborative environment is your thing, this program is the perfect fit. You’ll be mentored by award-winning designer educators, and will graduate ready to enter the challenging, thrilling and rewarding world of professional design.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 69
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $18,147*

There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

Financial Aid Info
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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Review program courses, admissions and academic requirements.

The Graphic Design program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Carla Heathcote
Graphic Design Instructor

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2438
  • Location: Peosta