The Graphic Design program prepares you for a graphic design career in print, web, and interactive media design. You will develop essential critical and creative thinking skills, fundamentals of design skills, and production technical skills.
Learn all aspects of the design process, including:
- Principles and elements of graphic design
- Print publication design and layout
- Website design and layout
- Interactive media design
- Photo manipulation
- Project management
In graphic design courses, you will learn to design and publish ads, brochures, logos, magazine covers, packaging, posters, vehicle wraps, and other types of multi-panel or multi-page print publications.
In web design courses, you will learn to design and develop responsive and interactive websites displayed on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices using the latest web design technologies.
Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Mac Lab: Develop the knowledge and skills needed to use industry standard software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, in your future career.
Portfolio: Throughout the program, you will develop print and web projects to create traditional and digital portfolios. You will have the opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed by industry professionals.
Field Trips: Visit advertising agencies, design studios, and printing companies to learn how your skills and knowledge can be applied in a variety of work environments.
The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Applied Engineering and Technical Management has a variety of documented pathways between Hawkeye's Graphic Design AAA degree program and a bachelor degree at UNI. Check out UNI's transfer guides for the following programs to learn more:
- Graphic Technology
- Technology Management
Hawkeye also has transfer relationships with Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Mount Mercy University, Upper Iowa University, Simpson College, and Wartburg College.
If you plan to transfer, work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet program requirements.