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Graphic Communication

Quick Facts

Graphic communication professionals create print or digital visuals that communicate ideas and messages.

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Our Program

Why choose Graphic Communication?

  • Learn in-demand software skills you can use in a variety of work settings
  • Prepare for entry-level positions in graphic production & design
  • Learn how to use both your artistic & technical skills to:
    • Solve design problems
    • Correct colors
    • Edit images
    • Restore photos

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Create artwork for print & web, including logo, brochure & poster design as well as illustration & animation
  • Prepare digital files for creation of signage & publications, such as magazines & books
  • Prepare graphics for instructional presentations & illustrations for learning environments
  • Create graphics with speed & accuracy

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • Our program is not intended to apply to a 4-year graphics degree, and courses do not typically transfer to a university.
  • Our courses are rigorous, and assignments have hard deadlines.
  • You must be able to work independently, problem solve, and meet all deadlines.
  • Customer service skills and the ability to follow directions are essential.
  • 3 skills or work style traits that will help you succeed in this field:
    • Attention to detail
    • Innovation
    • Creativity

Plan your courses

We strongly recommend you talk to an advisor before registering, so you can  take the courses in the recommended order and be successful.

Full-time student? You should balance a couple of graphics courses with required academic courses in a single semester, so you are not overwhelmed with the workload.

Personal computer equipment & software a plus

Graphic Communication has a dedicated computer lab that is available 14 hours a day for students in our program.

However, while not required, owning a computer and subscribing to the Adobe Creative Cloud software will give you greater flexibility to spend time on assignments outside of class. Meeting assignment deadlines will be easier.

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates

Degree

Certificates

Level 1

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Graphic Communication 60 $3,840
CRT1 Computer Graphics 36 $2,304
CRT1 Photographic Retouching 15 $960

Notes:

  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

While our program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce, you may be ready to work toward a Bachelor of Applied Science—depending on the university.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!

Contact

Northeast Campus

Lynn Dally
Coordinator

Email lynn.dally@tccd.edu

Northeast Campus

Elizabeth Shaver
Lab Manager

Email elizabeth.shaver@tccd.edu

Updated September 07, 2021