Graphic Design



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


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

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

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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