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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Penn Valley

Program coordinator:
Darlene Town, 816.604.4757

AAS Graphic Design - 2020 Student Guide

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 print and layout techniques to get the message across, whether it is in print or electronic media.

Our graphic design program lets your talent in graphic design flourish and give you a solid 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 communication strategies.

Degree(s) and/or Certificate(s) Offered

Program FAQs

What do Graphic Designers do?

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 and methods.

Where can I work?

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 freelance.

How long does it take to get an Associate in Applied Science degree?

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. You may want to take a course or two in digital prepress while you're at MCC-Penn Valley. Understanding how your work will print can make you a better designer and improve your job prospects.

Will my credits transfer to another college or university?

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 as possible. [Check here for MCC's transfer agreements]

What kind of learning environment will I find at MCC-Penn Valley?

What kind of learning environment will I find at MCC-Penn Valley?

Classes are held in the new Carter Art Center using the latest technologies in hardware (Apple Macintosh) 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.

What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC-Penn Valley?

You'll enjoy the convenience of flexible class times and nearby location. You'll get dedicated instructors with industry expertise and excellent student services—all at an affordable cost.