Creative? Check. Visual problem solver? Check. Eye for design? Check. If you can check off these boxes, you've got some of the skills that make a great graphic designer. Learn how to specialize in graphic solutions with NCC's graphic design program. You'll gain a solid education in the elements and principles of design, editorial design layout, typographic design, photography, web design, 3D computer animation and motion graphics. The curriculum prepares students with real-world, hands-on projects that address current industry trends and needs.
Graphic designers prepare artwork for many purposes, from video game design to web animation or print media. The designer's process is a fascinating one, involving analyzing, brainstorming and developing concepts that are "outside the box" and address the client's needs to market to a target audience in a visually compelling way.
If you're looking for a learning-intensive atmosphere and fast-paced program, an NCC education provides you with the training you need to begin your graphic design career. NCC invites students to sink their teeth into the hands-on learning and well-balanced education they'll receive through classroom and laboratory learning experiences.
NCC is known for its accredited graphic design program - we are one of the most affordable community colleges for the degree. Communication Design students exhibit their creative designs in Communications Hall and on the NCC Art Department website. A portfolio review is the capstone experience in the Communication Design program. During this portfolio review, students have an opportunity to showcase their digital portfolios to professionals in the communication design industry in the Lehigh Valley.
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Your Career in Communication Design
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions. Most of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of graphic designers is projected to increase by 13 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
As an undergraduate or graduate of the Northampton Community College graphic design program, you'll have access to our career services to kick-start your professional career - it's never too early!
Communication Design Career Paths
- Assistant Art Director
- Computer Graphic Artist
- Newspaper/Magazine layout
- Package Design
- Pre-Press Technician
- Web Designer
- Corporate Communications Designer