The Graphic Design program serves to introduce students to the fundamental skills, principles, techniques, terminology, technology and history of graphic design while also providing a strong liberal arts background. Students must complete a minimum of 22-23 credits in graphic design courses; at least 15 of these credits must be completed at NCC.
Working with the program advisor, students are required to create a portfolio of design work that exhibits proficiency in visual communication. The contents of the portfolio provide evidence of student skill level, aesthetic sensibility and technical mastery to future employers or transferring institutions.
Students should also work closely with their faculty advisor to choose electives that best meet their goals.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Use graphic design elements, principles, and procedures to create appropriate visual communication;
- Understand the historical foundations of visual communications and recognize contemporary design concepts/trends;
- Demonstrate proficiency with industry-standard manual and digital tools;
- Demonstrate critical, analytical and aesthetic thought processes, as well as industry-standard vocabulary;
- Create a career, transfer or personal portfolio that demonstrates a broad understanding of graphic design skills, sensibilities, and techniques;
- Gain industry experience through an internship (optional).