Graphic Design


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 a list of 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

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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
Desktop Publishers $31,300 $40,300 $44,800
Graphic Designers $31,000 $46,000 $53,500
Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $40,000 $66,300 $79,600

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Graphic Design 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 Design program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
16 Reading 58 Reading 69 Reading 239 Reading
16 English 64 Sentence Skills 41 Writing 240 Writing
14 Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

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

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Kari Kaufman Email Kari Kaufman
Schedule an appointment with Kari Kaufman
319-296-2329 ext.1085 Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Program Advisor Dan Jensen Email Dan Jensen 319-296-2329 ext.1295 Black Hawk Hall 158
Program Advisor Terry Juhl Email Terry Juhl 319-296-2329 ext.1437 Black Hawk Hall 147A
Administrative Assistant Kate Childers Email Kate Childers 319-296-4007 Black Hawk Hall 258
Dean Catharine Freeman Email Catharine Freeman 319-296-4041 Black Hawk Hall 258

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