Our world is designed. Graphic designers have had a hand in the look of virtually
everything you see that is not a part of the natural world: signs, logos, products,
websites, product packaging, album covers, publications. The list is endless. Even
a soup can shows the work of a designer.
Graphic designers plan, analyze and create visual solutions to communications problems.
They use color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and layout techniques
to communicate a message, whether it is in print or digital media.
Our graphic design program lets your talent flourish giving you a solid and broad
art background, including design foundations, drawing, color theory, photography,
printmaking, design software, web design, typography, and other graphic design courses.
...gets you ready...
Our Associate in Applied Science degree gives you ready access to jobs in the graphic
design field. Graphic designers with a broad liberal arts education and experience
in marketing and business management will be best suited for positions developing
Career and salary information
Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment
data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number
of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.
Steps to apply
The skills test must be completed/passed before the semester you plan to enroll in
GDES160 (offered only in the Spring). Students can take the skills assessment ONCE
If a student requires ADA accommodations, they must present a form from the ACCESS
office that outlines the needed accommodations at least 2 days prior to their testing
date. If accommodations cannot be made within reason or in time, another testing date
will have to be chosen.
When students register for one of the testing dates and pass the skills assessment,
they will be notified by MCC email and their name will be forwarded to the advising
office and the humanities division.
A student must then contact the program coordinator, to be enrolled in GDES160.
Creating a folder with correct directory structure within it (files and folders inside
it in the proper location)
Naming files and folders correctly/according to instruction
Changing image color modes from RGB to CMYK
Changing image file format and name to EPS
Creating a new document in CMYK color mode
Use template file (deleting it later) to draw graphic symbols
Use Layers to organize content
Create Colors/Swatches and apply Stroke and Fill colors
Using the Shape tools
Using Pathfinder panel (Unite, Divide, etc.)
Using Compound Path
Saving as a PDF format
Creating the document with correct page size, column guides, gutter width, margins,
and bleed area according to instructions
Setting vertical and horizontal Guides
Placing text from an external file
Using the Type tool and Character and Paragraph panels - setting font, size, color,
leading, kerning, horizontal scale
Using the Control panel for objects - location/positioning, sizing, paragraph spacing,
bulleted list or numbered list (Option-click to alter styles)
Applying Fill and Stroke colors
Placing images and adjusting container/object sizes and position
Paragraph spacing using Space After or Space Before
Using Tabs panel to set tab alignment markers and leaders
Using the Effects (fx) panel to change opacity and set blending modes
Applying Fill and Stroke colors
Typing text according to instructions, without typos
Using the Text Wrap panel - what gets wrapped and offset
Using Pen tool to modify the shape of a frame
Using Text Frame Options panel
Save as Package
Proofread your typing for errors
Work under deadline with controlled content and layout instructions
Transfer made simple
Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work
to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.
We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities,
so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since
transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.
Graphic designers are visual communicators who develop graphics and layouts for promotion,
advertising, editorial content, catalogs, brochures, direct mail pieces, branding
and identity, fonts, billboards, posters, music covers, product packaging, reports,
television graphics, interactive and Web, and much more.
Most of the work is computer generated but also includes traditional art materials
You'll find graphic designers working at advertising agencies, design firms, publications,
printing companies, marketing firms, in-house corporate and organizational agencies,
television stations and as freelancers.
As a full-time student, you can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in graphic
design in just two years. The program is also open to part-time students so that you
can work around your job schedule.
Yes, all general education credits will transfer to most colleges, and most ART and GDES courses transfer to a four-year degree. Check with the program
coordinator before starting the program to make sure your transfer will be as smooth
Classes are held in the Carter Art Center using the latest technologies in hardware
and software. You'll experience a hands-on and interactive learning environment that
is both supportive and challenging. We keep classes small so that you can receive
personal instruction. Our faculty have professional graphic design backgrounds bringing
a wide range of knowledge and expertise.