Glen Oaks Community College

Associate of Visual Arts with Emphasis in Graphic Design

Do you enjoy being creative on the computer? Do you find yourself seeing design in everything? Do you care about detail, color, and shape in creating projects? If so, a career in graphic design may be for you.

The Glen Oaks Graphic Design program provides the fundamentals and use of design software and hardware foundations for further study in advertising design, graphic design, or digital design.

Young woman reading a magazine about mental health. Okayama, Japan.
Program Information

Is this for me?

Students interested in graphic design should have an eye for design and creativity. They must be effective communicators in order to be able to work with and understand the intent of many different clients. They should have basic computer skills to ready them for learning the computer programs required for this profession.

Employment Information

Graphic designers create many forms of visual communications. These include advertisements in print for newspapers, magazines, invitations, packaging, posters, billboards and corporate logos. Online graphics for use in digital media and social media on the Web have increased rapidly over the past decade.

Graphic designers are the masters of strategically integrating and arranging photos, illustrations, typefonts, shapes, color and texture to promote products, services and businesses to consumers. They may work at a newspapers, advertising agencies, public relations firms, corporations or organizations or they may be self-employed.

Often, graphic designers specialize in areas such as real estate promotion, corporate identity or packaging. Others are more versatile in the range of design work they do.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage of graphic designers was $43,000. The outlook for employment for those in this profession is expected to rise by 13 percent through 2020. Although there is a high level of turnover in the profession, competition for senior graphic designer positions is projected to be strong.

Employers prefer candidates with bachelor degrees in graphic design. Students and professionals in this field showcase their work and creativity through professional portfolios.