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Program information

If you’re a visual thinker who enjoys working as part of a team, a career in graphic design might be for you. Our hands-on Graphic Design Associate in Applied Science degree program is the perfect starting point for the aspiring graphic designer. Learn to use your creativity and technology to create compelling visuals that effectively communicate ideas, and see how these skills are valuable in most every industry, from publishing, advertising, and entertainment, to website, packaging, and corporate design. Graduate with a professional portfolio that will help you in both your career and transfer opportunities. 

See semester-by-semester degree plan.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in the following areas:

  • An understanding of conceptual and technological design formats and processes
    Multitasking while working in a graphic design setting
  • Advanced communication techniques through group critiques among a diverse peer audience
  • A command of the design process from research and analysis through to appropriate levels of presentation of the final product
  • An understanding of a visual problem-solving process
  • Effective utilization the elements of visual language including composition, visual priorities, image, and type
  • Attention to detail
  • Understanding of industry professional practice standards and creative standards

Transfer options

Graduates have successfully transferred to:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Purchase
  • SUNY New Paltz 

Career opportunities

  • Graphic designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Package designer

Contact us to learn more!

Todd Behrendt, Dean