Graphic Design: Visual Communication

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.

Graphic design is about visual problem-solving and meeting clients’ needs in a visually captivating way. At SCC, experienced faculty provide you with a broad range of computer-generated design coursework taught using high-end software and technology in a new MAC G5 computer lab with flat screen preview. Layout, illustration, color principles, typography, photographic manipulation, digital pre-press for designers, and high end output are all important aspects of the program.

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.

Core classes:

  • Color
  • Computer-Photographic Imaging
  • Digital Pre-press
  • Electronic Publishing Design
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Typography
Career and Employment Outlook
  • Art or creative director
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic designer
  • Photo editing / Photoshop artist
  • Layout or production artist
  • Process technician
Additional Info

For more information contact the Program director Peggy Deal at or (480) 423-6386.