Graphic Design

Business, Marketing and Hospitality

The Graphic Design program is a design-based educational program that equips students with skills and materials necessary to compete for professional design positions upon graduation. Additionally, students are well-prepared to major in design, marketing, communications or journalism if they choose to continue their education.

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

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,318*

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$19,835 - 73,576

Estimated annual salary range for Business, Marketing and Hospitality graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Prepress Technician
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  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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 Graphic Design Class Schedule


GRA:139 Photoshop 3.0
GRA:156 History of Graphic Design 3.0
GRA:179 Publication Software 3.0
GRA:216 Exploring Photography 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


GRA:110 Graphic Arts Principles 3.0
GRA:129 Illustrator 3.0
GRA:151 Web Design 3.0
GRA:173 Typography 3.0
* Math/Science Elective 3.0


ANI:105 Intro to Animation 3.0
GRA:280 Audio/Video Production Basics 3.0
* Sociology/Psychology Elective 3.0


GRA:154 Advanced Web Design 3.0
GRA:210 Graphic Layout and Design 3.0
GRA:273 Advanced Typography 3.0



Principles of Marketing OR

Principles of Advertising



ENG:105 College Composition I 3.0


GRA:214 Electronic Prepress and Printing 3.0
GRA:310 Advanced Graphic Layout and Design 3.0
GRA:800 Graphic Design Portfolio Seminar 3.0
GRA:805 Graphic Design Occupational Experience 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


One Math/Science Elective: MAT:102, MAT:744, transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, MAT, PHS, PHY

One Sociology/Psychology Elective: PSY:111, PSY:112, PSY:251, SOC:110, SOC:208

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 Faculty

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2438
  • Location: Peosta
Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta