Subject Area: Business, Marketing and Hospitality
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 72
Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall
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.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- 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.
Fall Course Title Credits 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 Spring Course Title Credits GRA:110 Graphic Arts Principles 3.0 GRA:129 Illustrator 3.0 GRA:151 Web Design 3.0 GRA:158 Web Multimedia 3.0 GRA:173 Typography 3.0 Summer Course Title Credits ART:120 Two-Dimensional Design OR 3.0 ART:133 Drawing I 3.0 * General Education Electives 6.0 Fall Course Title Credits GRA:154 Advanced Web Design 3.0 GRA:210 Graphic Layout and Design 3.0 GRA:214 Electronic Prepares and Printing 3.0 GRA:217 Exploring Illustration 3.0 ** Elective 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:800 Graphic Design Portfolio Seminar 3.0 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
**One course from: ART:101, ART:203, ART:204, DRA:112, MKT:110, MKT:150
The annual income range for Graphic Design graduates is $25,054 - $39,152.
Source: 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.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two- or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
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.
Graphic Design Faculty
800.728.7367, ext. 438