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Graphic Communications

Courses

Core Courses

  • Drawing and Composition
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Design and Layout I, II, and III
  • Electronic Illustration
  • Graphic Imaging
  • Advanced Design and Layout
  • Web Design and Layout
  • CMS Web Design
  • Portfolio Preparation
  • Electives - Choose from print and web design electives to meet your career and transfer needs and interests.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)
Required number of credits: 63
Program Start: Fall, Spring

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Careers

Positions

Graduates have found work in many environments, including agencies, small businesses, and companies. They work as:

  • Advertising designers
  • Art directors
  • Brand identity designers
  • Creative directors
  • Freelance designers
  • Illustrators
  • Layout artists
  • Logo designers
  • Multimedia designers
  • Package designers
  • Photo editing / Photoshop artists
  • Pre-press technicians
  • Publication designers
  • Web designers

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Graphic Designers $27,500 $43,800 $52,000
Desktop Publishers $28,600 $44,700 $52,700
Multimedia Artists $29,100 $55,600 $68,800
Web Designers $33,500 $61,000 $74,800

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Almon, Inc. Dubuque, IA
AMPERAGE Marketing Cedar Falls, IA
Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Moline, IL
J.W. Morton & Associates Cedar Rapids, IA
McCullough Creative Dubuque, IA
Mudd Advertising Cedar Falls, IA
North Forty Hiawatha, IA
Scientific Games Interactive/Williams Interactive SoCaMo Cedar Falls, IA
Spinutech Cedar Falls, IA
VGM Forbin & VGM Creative Waterloo, IA

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Admissions Requirements

STEP #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Graphic Communications program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

STEP #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the Graphic Communications program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the AAA degree.

Students must meet the minimum assessment score of the ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS assessment or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ASSET Success Course
Math 14 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 38 Numerical MAT-045 Fundamentals of Math
English/Writing 16 64 Sentence Skills 41 35 ENG-060 College Preparatory Writing I
Reading 16 58 69 34 RDG-039 College Preparatory Reading II

STEP #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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Contact Us

Student Success Specialist Tiffany Dodd Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1060 Black Hawk Hall 261
Program Advisor Dan Jensen Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1295 Black Hawk Hall 158
Program Advisor Terry Juhl Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1437 Black Hawk Hall 147A
Administrative Assistant Deb Hacker Email me 319-296-4007 Black Hawk Hall 258
Dean Catharine Freeman Email me 319-296-4041 Black Hawk Hall 258
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