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:
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.
Short Term Certificate
|ENG 101 & ENG 102
|Humanities and Fine Arts
|Natural Sciences and Mathematics
|MTH 100 & MTH 110
|History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences
|Orientation to College
|Introduction to Graphic
|Layout and Design
|Graphics Design Techniques
|Illustration Design Techniques
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The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.
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
Program Level – Undergraduate certificate
Program Length – 1 year
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.
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.
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