Graphic design is a part of our everyday lives. If you have the ability to communicate effectively, have creative problem-solving skills, and are technically savvy, this is the field for you. Students who pursue this career develop creative problem solving skills using basic design, illustration, photo manipulation, and typography.
A graphic artist is responsible for creating design solutions that have a high visual impact. Their designs are required for a huge variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications, and corporate identity (giving organizations a visual ‘brand’).
MCC’s Graphic Arts Program
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree emphasis for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies our program course requirements.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Graphic Arts Careers & Job Outlook
Graphic design has seen growth in the past five years, and the field is still growing. Expansion has been evident in the fields of video game design, digital design, and new media design. Graphic designers with website design, computer programming expertise, and animation experience will have especially good job prospects. Demand for graphic design continues to grow in areas such as advertising, publishing, and educational media as well as the entertainment and new media development areas. Because of the rapidly expanding market for web-based information and expansion of the video entertainment market (including television, movies, and video), this career demands technical proficiency.
The median annual wage for graphic designers was $48,700 in 2017. In 2016, about one in five graphic designers were self-employed.
Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website: