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Graphic Design

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. Job prospects will be greatest for experienced, creative graduates that communicate well. The experience you will gather in the A.A.S. graphic design degree program at Finger Lakes Community College can help you meet the challenges of a highly competitive job market.

The Program

The A.A.S. degree in graphic design stresses a solid foundation in drawing and two-dimensional design. The coursework involves theoretical and practical problem solving.

Technology: Computer technology plays a major role in the graphic arts industry. As a graphic design major, you will need to develop strong computer skills. FLCC's computer graphics lab has Macintosh computers equipped with publishing, design, and illustration software packages. Networked computer peripherals include laser printers, scanners, and color inkjet printers.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit talent, skill, growth and mastery in the field of graphic design.
  • Articulate the look, feel, and technical proficiency of their designs and personal aesthetic, and communicate in a way that suggests their understanding of current design trends and societal values.

Students' body of work will exhibit a technical competency which clearly illustrates a solid understanding of how to implement the computer as an artistic tool.

The Experience

Field trips to area museums and art galleries, along with visits to printing and design firms, will enhance your appreciation for the variety of design ideas being utilized today.

Internships: Graphic design majors have completed internships at:

  • The Canandaigua Daily Messenger
  • Moore Printing Company
  • The Welco Ad Corporation
  • The Geneva Experiment Station

Art Club: The Art Club participates in gallery openings, brings guest lecturers to campus, and organizes field trips to local and regional museums, workshops, and four-year colleges and universities.

The Graduates

Graduates continue their education in graphic design, art education, and illustration at private and public four-year institutions* such as:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Nazareth College
  • Syracuse University
  • SUNY Colleges at Buffalo, Oswego and New Paltz

Graduates of the program have a professional portfolio of their work put together, showcasing their abilities for entrance into the job market.

Careers: Graduates of the program are employed as publication directors, art directors, and package designers at Rochester Institute of Technology, City Newspaper, and Koch Container, respectively. Other graduates have gone on to become freelance graphic designers.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for graphic designers was $44,150 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Past graduates meeting specific award criteria have received outstanding transfer student scholarships from the Rochester Institute of Technology. For details, contact the visual and performing arts department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

Professors and instructors in the fine arts and graphic design programs hold master's degrees from institutions such as the New York Academy of Art and Rochester Institute of Technology. Each of them is a working artist in their various disciplines which include: painting, sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, woodworking, and graphic design. They have had their works exhibited and have won awards throughout the United States and abroad, including Florence, Italy. Although their areas of expertise vary, the entire faculty in the art programs shares a commitment to teaching as their top priority. Each adjunct faculty member in the fine arts and graphic design programs is also currently an artist. With their artistic backgrounds, the faculty brings valuable experience to the classroom from the work world.