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Graphic Design

Program Pathway

Graphic Design Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)
Credits 63
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Design and Layout I
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Drawing and Composition -OR-
    Drawing * -AND-
    Drawing II
Term 2
  • Design and Layout II
  • Electronic Illustration
  • Graphic Imaging
Term 3
  • Design and Layout III
  • Web Design and Layout
Term 4
  • Advanced Design and Layout
  • CMS Web Design
  • Portfolio Preparation
Graphic Design Electives
  • 2-D Design
  • Art Appreciation
  • Art History I
  • Art History II
  • ETC: Art and Literary Magazine
  • Honors Project
  • Independent Study
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Internship
  • Painting
  • Painting II
  • Photo Direction
  • Photography
  • Principles of Illustration
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Special Topics
  • Web Page Graphics

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Graphic Design Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) degree program. Check out the Computers and Technology continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.

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
Desktop Publishers $33,200 $39,000 $41,900
Graphic Designers $31,000 $47,100 $55,100
Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $38,800 $65,700 $79,100

Source: 2021 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

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

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
ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACT ACCUPLACER Next Generation GPA
Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 14 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
2.00
Reading 58 69 16 239 2.50
Writing 64 Sentence Skills 41 16 240 2.50

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness 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.

Equal Opportunity Statement

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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