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When a concept needs to be conveyed visually, a graphic designer steps forward to save the day. By learning to blend art and information, you will capture attention in the blink of an eye or the turn of a page.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Graphic Design Program?

Channel your artistic talents into something with commercial application through Graphic Design. From paper to computer, you will uncover your style for telling a story with images.

At Johnson County Community College, our Graphic Design courses let you learn various aspects of the field including:

  • Graphic processes
  • Layout design and visual messages
  • Drawing and media methods
  • Typography
  • Production methods
  • And much more!

You will develop a Graphic Design portfolio, which will help you prepare for the job market. Try an internship to gain real-world experience or volunteer for a nonprofit that needs Graphic Design assistance via service-learning. You can also participate in a metro-wide showcase for Graphic Design students where friends, family and potential employers are invited to view your work.

After completing 67 credit hours, you'll earn an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design from JCCC. You'll be ready to enter the professional field of Graphic Design or pursue further education at a four-year program, such as the University of Kansas Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design.

[Catalog] Graphic Design, AAS

[Catalog] Graphic Design courses

Why JCCC's Graphic Design Program?

JCCC Graphic Design courses are designed to mirror the way art schools traditionally teach. Our computer labs are outfitted with industry-standard software. Longer classes (four to five hours) allow time for instruction while working on Graphic Design projects that reflect what you've just learned.

This "studio time" not only allows for hands-on learning but also gives professors the chance to work with you individually. That advice from experienced Graphic Design professors with industry connections makes all the difference.

Lastly, you get to show off your work! You’ll have the opportunity to display printed pieces in secure cabinets around the department and upload digital work to our online gallery.

You can get involved!

As a JCCC student, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus. Check out our clubs and organizations to learn about ways to meet fellow students. You can also join groups specific to Graphic Design students:

You get networking opportunities!

At JCCC, our Graphic Design instructors help you prepare for the professional world. Our Graphic Design advisory board offers expert advice and tips for a successful career in the field. Likewise, your professor can introduce you to professional organizations like the KC Ad Club (formerly the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City) and the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA).

See photo galleries of student work in ART and GDES courses.

Roxanne W., Graphic Design student
“All of my professors have been so willing to work with me. Everyone is so understanding about when life comes into play. It really is a great environment.”
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Maintain a great portfolio and you can work as a graphic designer for advertising agencies, publishing houses, online retailers or nearly any business that needs to effectively merge words and images. You can also continue to learn by pursuing a bachelor's degree. Check out transfer opportunities.

Download the Graphic Design Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Cost plays a vital role in where you choose to pursue your education. At JCCC, we work hard to ensure each student can study the program of their choosing.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

We also offer Graphic Design Scholarships

  • GCIU Local 235-M Training Fund
  • Hidden Glen Arts Graphic Design Scholarship
  • Ken Walker Graphic Design Scholarship
  • Maggie Sabato Graphic Design Scholarship

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.

Graphic Design Program Overview

This program requires an internship, practicum, clinical component or state/board licensing. The institutions that host internships/practicums/clinicals may require applicants to provide a Social Security number or show proof of having a Social Security card. See program chairperson for more information.