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Graphic Design

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Students who are interested in pursuing graphic design in print, web, multimedia, video and motion graphics, illustration, comics or animation may find one of the three main tracks in the Graphic Design degree program a fulfilling and challenging objective.

Considering a Career in Graphic Design?

Check out our degree offerings

Graphic Design Certificates of Achievement

Advanced Certificate

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This certificate is designed to advance the skills of designers already working in the field but who need to strengthen, extend or replenish their creative and technical skills in Graphic Design.

Certificate Requirements

Foundation Certificate

Poster Design

This certificate offers students a one-year option in graphic design. Giving them beginning art and design skills that could potentially allow them to enter the workforce as a production artist.

Certificate Requirements.

  • Careers in Graphic Design

    Graduates of our program have gone on to work in creative and technical areas for a variety of different industries including:

    • communications & marketing
    • magazine & newspaper design
    • advertising & promotional design
    • medical information design
    • sports promotional design
    • fashion catalog design
    • fashion graphics
    • website design
    • tv on-air graphics
    • video game design
    • web animation
    • comic book publishing
    • commercial printing
    • signage design
    • financial information design
    • education, teaching & service
    • emsi Career Coach
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  • Facilities

    The Graphic Design area of study offers state-of-the-art facilities for students to develop and practice their burgeoning skills in art and design. When not scheduled for class use, these studios are available as an Open Lab for students to use for homework and research. Facilities include:

    • Main Studio Lab (VADC103) - This is a large classroom studio and lab that is used for most graphic design classes. It has room for hand-rendering, cutting, layout, and presentations on one side, with a fully outfitted lab of more than 24 Mac computers featuring the latest software available.
    • Second Studio Lab (VADC101) - This smaller classroom holds 24 Mac computers with the exact same software as the Main Lab and is scheduled for several 100-level classes.
    • Peripherals (both rooms) - Featured in one or both studio labs are scanners, color laser printers, large format inkjet printers and a 42” wide dye color plotter printer that can accept a variety of media. Additional machines for laminating, comb binding, and button making round out the facilities. Both rooms are outfitted with state-of-the-art “smart” classroom audio/video systems.
  • Transferring to a 4-year program

    Transferring – The AAS in Graphic Design is an occupational program that prepares students for entry level jobs. However, a large majority of our students choose to transfer after completing much or all of their AAS/GD in order to pursue Bachelorʼs degrees at many institutions including:

    • University of Michigan-Flint
    • Kendall College of Art & Design
    • College of Creative Studies
    • Central Michigan University
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Eastern Michigan University
    • Saginaw Valley State University
    • Michigan State University
    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • Savannah College of Art & Design
    • Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
    • Indiana Wesleyan University
    • Art Institute of San Francisco
    • School of Visual Arts (NYC)
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September 8, 2017
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