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Graphic Design

Empower the visual with Graphic Design

With a reputation for quality that rivals many four-year programs, Graphic Design at Johnson County Community College will prepare you for a creative, growing career.

Providing visual messages

When a concept needs to be conveyed visually, a graphic designer steps forward to save the day. Great graphic designers can blend art and information to capture someone’s attention in the blink of an eye or the turn of a page.

If you want to channel your artistic talents into something with commercial application, then graphic design could be just what you’re seeking. Graphic designers work for advertising agencies, publishing houses, online retailers or nearly any business that needs to effectively merge words and images.

Art-school structure

Studying graphic design at JCCC makes sense. Complete your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and join the workforce quickly.

JCCC graphic design classes are set up to mirror the way art schools traditionally teach. Longer classes (four to five hours) allow teachers to offer instruction and time for you to work on projects reflecting what you’ve just learned.

This “studio time” not only allows hands-on learning but also gives professors the chance to work with designers individually. That advice, presented by experienced professors with connections to the profession, makes all the difference.

Prepare for the job market

  • Work at an internship to practice your graphic design skills and build your portfolio.
  • Volunteer for nonprofits who need graphic design assistance via service-learning.
  • Learn at computer labs outfitted with the same software the industry uses.
  • Participate in a metro-wide showcase for graphic design students where friends, family and potential employers are invited to view your work.

Get involved

Visit the Graphic Design department's Facebook Page.

The Graphic Design Club and Forum is for students, and members meet to network with design professionals. It is one of more than 80 clubs and organizations at JCCC.

Your professor can introduce you to professional organizations like the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City (AAFKC) and the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA).

Lastly, show off your work. Display your printed pieces in secure cabinets around the department, and upload your digital work to a special online gallery.

Career Prospects for Graphic Design

The U. S. Department of Labor compiles statistics related to a graphic design career. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and job prospects.