Welcome to Graphic Design Technology!
Illinois Valley Community College offers excellent programs to start your career in Graphic Design Technology. Our “Mac Lab” boasts state-of-the-art Macintosh computers, access to the entire line of Adobe’s Creative Suite software, and knowledgable instructors to help you succeed in this exciting career choice.
Depending upon your goals and your available time, we offer several options to meet your needs. Whether you are looking to enhance your graphic design skills, earn your Associate’s Degree, or transfer to a four-year university to pursue your Bachelor’s Degree, IVCC’s Graphic Design Program has just what you’re looking for!
For additional information, please refer to IVCC’s Guidesheet.
♦ Graphic Design Technology Certificate
This certificate will equip the student with the skills needed to take an entry-level position in a graphics or printing firm. The student will have the basic knowledge of industry standard software.
The certificate is also helpful to anyone in the marketing, journalism, or public relations and promotion field. It would also be useful to those who want a better understanding of graphic design and digital art for home or small business use.
Courses required for the Graphic Design Technology Certificate total 25 credit hours and can be completed in less than one year.
♦ Associate Degree in Applied Science
Upon completion of the required courses, which include General Education requirements and Internships, as well as Graphic Design and Art classes, the student will earn a Graphic Design Technology Associates Degree in Applied Science.
This course of study will equip the student with advanced knowledge of industry standard software, principles of design and visual communication, modern printing and lay-out techniques, as well as verbal and written communication skills, marketing and multimedia designs and solutions.
Courses required for this degree total 65 credit hours and take approximately two years to complete.
♦ Transfer Program
Illinois Valley Community College has agreements with several state and private universities to ensure ease in transfer of credits. Guidelines for completing the first two years of a college major along with listings of transfer course equivalencies are available in the Counseling Center as well as online.
Most students who transfer complete an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree. This degree ensures the transfer of courses to a college or university that participates in the statewide Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).
Currently 110 Illinois colleges and universities are IAI participants.