Graphic Design

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

Students in Graphic Arts lab

The Outlook

Graphic designers play a significant role in designing visuals to communicate ideas that inspire and attract consumers. From illustrations to logos and print layouts to websites, the images that represent the products you use every day are created by graphic designers. As a student in our degree program, you'll learn key design principles and processes in a collaborative and hands-on environment. Together, the experiences you'll gain will prepare you for career and transfer opportunities in the graphic design field.

The Program

Pursuing your degree in Graphic Design at FLCC provides you a strong educational background in art and design, preparing you for the many career and transfer opportunities that are available in this dynamic field. In the classroom, you'll work one-on-one with students and faculty, and explore the visual arts with a focus on foundation drawing, 2-D and 3D design, and art history.

The core courses in this program offer a rounded approach to visual communication through the practice of creating visual work from conceptualization to production. As a graduate, you'll leave here with your own personal portfolio, which showcases your design work and makes you marketable to employers.

Online Learning

In addition to completing this degree in-person, our entire Graphic Design program is available online, so you can study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

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

In your program experience, you'll visit local museums, art galleries, and printing and design firms. These experiences will enhance your knowledge on the variety of design ideas that are utilized today. Internship opportunities will also be available for you to pursue. Past graduates have completed internships at area newspaper organizations, printing companies, and advertisement agencies.

Throughout your studies, you can take advantage of our Art Club, which provides many unique experiences. This club participates in gallery openings, hosts guest lecturers, and it organizes trips to local and regional museums (which includes a yearly trip to New York City), workshops, and four-year institutions.

The Graduates

Some of our graduates have successfully transferred on to pursue advanced degrees in graphic design at four-year schools such as RIT, SUNY Oswego, Fashion Institute of Technology, Nazareth College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Rhode Island School of Design. Other graduates have gone on to land positions in graphic design, illustration, and prepress after FLCC—some of which have secured employment with Partners and Napier, Constellation Brands, and Mackenzie Childs.

The Faculty

The faculty in our Graphic Design program bring a well-rounded artistic background to FLCC. Each faculty member is a working artist in their various disciplines. Combined, they bring experience in painting, sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, woodworking, and graphic design to the classroom. Some of our professors have had their artwork exhibited in New York, San Francisco, and Australia.

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