Graphic Design

Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Art

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas in visual form. Design involves creative, analytical, and technical information – a good designer must learn to excell in all three areas.

The graphic design program at Northwest College provides students with conceptual and technical skills in visual communication. You will gain competence in using the creative process, design principles, form, color, image, and typography to craft clear and compelling messages. Take advantage of the same state-of-the-art equipment and software used by professionals in the field while developing your skills.


According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition*, Graphic designers held about 260,000 jobs in 2012. Many of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations, and related services industries. In 2012, about 24 percent of graphic designers were self-employed.

Some designers do freelance work—full time or part time—in addition to holding a salaried job in design or in another occupation.

Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022.

With the increased use of the Internet, graphic designers will be needed to create designs and images for portable devices, websites, electronic publications, and video entertainment media.

*United States Department of Labor,Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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Morgan Tyree
Assistant Professor of Graphic Arts / Printing