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Graphic Design

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Location:

Patterson Campus:
3920 Troy Highway, Building K
Montgomery, Alabama 36116

Programs & Training

Graphic Design

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Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Graphic designers typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired messag
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects. Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers, who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables.

Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible. Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing. Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, and others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

(Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-2018 Edition)

In the Graphic Design program at Trenholm State Community College, students receive instruction in graphic design/illustration, 3D design, print design, web design, photography, video and new media, graphic image generation,and various other areas of study to stay abreast of the rapidly advancing technology in the Graphic Design industry. With dedication and commitment to this program, a student will be able to achieve a degree of skill enabling him or her to graduate and obtain employment in the Graphic Design industry.

In the Graphic Design program at Trenholm State Community College, students receive instruction in graphic design, illustration, 3D design, print design, web design, photography, video and new media, graphic image generation, and various other areas of study to stay abreast of the rapidly advancing technology in the Graphic Design industry.

With dedication and commitment to this program, a student will be able to achieve a degree of skill enabling him or her to graduate and obtain employment in the Graphic Design industry.

Trenholm State offers several options in Graphic Design that are designed to equip a student with the skills and technical knowledge needed to be a success in this interesting field.

Awards Available

Associates Degree

  • Associate of Applied Science - Graphic Design (76 Semester Hours)

Certificate

  • Graphic Design (40 Semester Hours)

Short Term Certificate

  • Design Concentration (16 Semester Hours)
  • Layout Concentration (16 Semester Hours)

Curriculum Requirements For Associate Degree

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS
AreaCourseHours RequiredRecommended Course(s)
IWritten Composition6ENG 101 & ENG 102
IIHumanities and Fine Arts3MUS 101
IIINatural Sciences and Mathematics6MTH 100 & MTH 110
IVHistory, Social, and Behavioral Sciences3PSY 200
AREA V
CourseHours
Ori 101Orientation to College1
GRD 101Introduction to Graphic3
GRD 112Layout and Design3
GRD 114Illustration Graphic3
GRD 116Photoshop3
GRD 118Graphics Design Techniques3
GRD 150Web Design3
GRD 190Portfolio Preparation3
GRD 212Publication Design3
GRD 214Illustration Design Techniques3
GRD 216Photoshop Techniques3
GRD 290Portfolio Presentation3
Electives 24
TOTAL:76

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find tuition rates?

Tuition & Fee Schedule

You can find tuition rates on our Tuition & Fee schedule

Where can I find important dates?

Important Dates

Refer to the College Calendar for all important dates.

Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER?

ACCUPLACER Testing

The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.

What is the salary range?

Potential Salary Range

The median annual wage for graphic designers was $50,370 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,610, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $85,760. Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Survey

GRAPHIC DESIGN - STC

Program Level – Undergraduate certificate
Program Length – 1 year

COST

How much will this program cost me?*

Tuition and fees: $10,412
Books and supplies: $3,892
On-campus room & board: $1,800

* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

FINANCING

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *


* There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.

SUCCESS

How long will it take me to complete this program?

The program is designed to take 1 year to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2013-2014, *% finished in 1 year.


* Fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2013-14. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?

The job placement rate for students who completed this program is *%.


* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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Date Created: 9/20/2014

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Contact Us

Program Contact

Spencer Arington
Program Coordinator/Instructor
334-420-4223
sarington@trenholmstate.edu

Location

Patterson Site
3920 Troy Highway, Building K
Montgomery, AL 36116
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