Graphic Design, AAS

Specific skills learned in this program include graphic design methodologies, such as the design process, output production, and presentation. Photography, design, drawing, and video editing are core competencies. The students will learn Adobe software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere. In addition, students will spend the second year learning web design and development. Students will also have a solid foundation in creating marketing plans and writing contracts. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate skills, techniques, and manipulation of tools and equipment necessary for studio graphic design that meet industry standards;
  • Interpret and incorporate formal elements of design into digital images;
  • Understand the impact of graphic communications on society;
  • Design and develop professional websites; and
  • Create a digital and print portfolio reflecting knowledge, techniques, and creativity gained during the student’s course of study.
Required Courses
First Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 15
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 16
Second Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 16
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 18
Total Credits: 65
R Indicates Related Instruction requirement. *Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.  
Admission Guidelines
  • Students in this program are expected to have a basic level of computer proficiency.
Program Information
  • Students must apply for internship placements the prior semester. Contact Cathy Allard, Career Advisor, at (406) 756-3803 or
Additional Costs
  • Students may choose to purchase the software and a drawing tablet for personal use at home to complete assignments.
Opportunities after Graduation
  • This program prepares students for a global market where they can start work in the industry or a freelance business offering services in illustration, graphic design, web design, 3D animation, or digital imaging.
Advising Information:
For more information about this program, contact an advisor.
Academic Advisor Faculty Advisor
Jori Bullemer Dawn Rauscher, M.Ed.
LRC 129 BSS 105
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-3861

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