Graphic Design: Visual Communication

Visual design impacts society like never before. It is everywhere, and touches everything from product packaging to street signs. Yet, the right foundation, a combination of creativity, technical skills, and theory are what set great designers apart from the rest. SCC offers a comprehensive program in graphic design that can help prepare you for either employment or for additional study in this vibrant and relevant field.

Whether you wish to earn an Associate Degree or are seeking a Certificate of Completion in a specialized area of interest at SCC, you will receive extensive hands-on training in fine art foundations and design principles.

Your creativity is allowed to flourish in small classes where you are provided individual attention with specialized instructors. Interaction with the professional design community is further supported through guest lectures, studio tours, internships, and cooperative education opportunities. Supplementing the curriculum with these real-life experiences provides you with an intensive, comprehensive design education.

Upon completion of the graphic design program it is expected that you will have a portfolio that represents the variety, depth, and strength of your work and problem-solving skills. When you complete the Associate of Arts in Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, you will also take with you a foundational curriculum that will support your responsibilities in the design industry as you plan, write, estimate, schedule, and communicate in the business world. The associate degree also meets the qualifications for transfer to a university.

Program Codes

3052 Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) in Graphic Design: Visual Communications
5983 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Graphic Design: Visual Communications 

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Program Contacts

Art Department Office:
Art Building, Room AB-112
Phone: (480) 423-6344

Lisa Peace
Department Co-Chair
Phone: (480) 423-6083

Roger McKinney
Department Co-Chair
Phone: (480) 423-6339

Peggy Deal
Director Graphic Design & Visual Communications
Phone: (480) 423-6386

Michael Barrett
Art Department Administrative Specialist
Phone: (480) 423-6344

Transfer Options

We have a 2+2 articulation with the ASU Polytechnic Graphic Information Technology program located at ASU East Campus. If you are going for an BAS degree through the GIT program, and complete the AAS in Graphic Design: Visual Communications, all of your courses transfer and you begin as a junior.

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared for the following positions:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Digital Prepress
  • Publication Design
  • Art Director/Creative Director Asst.*
  • Advertising Design
  • Branding
  • Web Design

Representative job titles:

  • Designer ($23 per hour)
  • Prepress Technician ($37,800 per year)
  • Illustrator ($42,700)
  • Publication Designer ($45,520)
  • Web Designer ($49,099)
  • Higher Education 
    • Art Director ($76,375)*
    • Brand Designer ($71,500)*

** May require additional degrees, certifications and/or education.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions.

However, according to, for Publishing, Non-Newspaper; new magazine publishing is on the rise, up 26% for ethnic and new social realities. For the graphic communications industry as a whole, the real GDP growth should exceed 2.6% for 2019.

Learning Opportunities
  • Internships
  • Externships
  • Service Learning
  • Enter Premium Regional and National Competitions
  • Tour relative facilities
  • Distinguished guest speakers
  • Judge in Regional CTE HS competitions