Subject Area: Business, Communications and Marketing
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 73
Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall
Contact email: email@example.com
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.
- Apply for admission.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Term 1 Course Title Credits BCA:112 Intro to Data Processing OR 3.0 BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0 GRA:109 History of Graphic Design 2.0 GRA:139 PhotoShop 3.0 GRA:151 Web Design 3.0 GRA:179 Publication Software 3.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Term 2 Course Title Credits GRA:110 Graphic Arts Principles 3.0 GRA:129 Illustrator 3.0 GRA:154 Advanced Web Design 3.0 GRA:158 Web Multimedia 3.0 GRA:230 Exploring Photography 2.0 Term 3 Course Title Credits ART:101 Art Appreciation OR 3.0 ART:203 Art History I OR 3.0 ART:204 Art History II OR 3.0 DRA:112 American Film 3.0 ART:120 Two-Dimensional Design OR 3.0 ART:133 Drawing I 3.0 * General Education Elective 3.0 Term 4 Course Title Credits GRA:113 Electronic Prepass and Printing 2.0 GRA:173 Typography 3.0 GRA:210 Graphic Layout and Design 3.0 GRA:223 Exploring Illustration 2.0 MKT:110 Principles of Marketing OR 3.0 MKT:150 Principles of Advertising 3.0 * General Education Elective 3.0 Term 5 Course Title Credits GRA:273 Advanced Typography 3.0 GRA:310 Advanced Graphic Layout and Design 3.0 GRA:801 Graphic Design Portfolio Seminar 2.0 GRA:805 Graphic Design Occupational Experience 3.0 * General Education Elective 3.0
Two Communication Electives: ENG:105 and SPC:112
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
With an annual income range of $24,440- $49,649, the career outlook for Graphic Design graduates is steady.
Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.
Employers NICC Alumni
AJG Times 3, Dubuque, IA
Fidelity Bank & Trust, Peosta, IA
McGraw Hill, Dubuque, IA
Micka Lenz, Waukon, IA
The Stevens Company and Evergreen Construction, Dubuque, IA
Volt Design and Tech Services, Cedar Falls, IA
Sample Job Titles
Customer Service Representative
Marketing Development Assistant
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.
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208