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What do Graphic Designers do?

Graphic designers create newspaper and magazine layouts and advertising, newspaper inserts, catalogs, brochures, direct mail pieces, logotypes, fonts, billboards, posters, CD covers, product packaging, annual reports, television graphics, Internet web pages, and much more. Most of the work is computer generated but also includes traditional art techniques.

Where can I work?

You'll find graphic designers working at newspapers, advertising agencies, design firms, printers, marketing firms, in-house corporate and organizational agencies, television stations, and freelance.

How long does it take to get an Associate in Applied Science degree?

As a full-time student, you can earn an associate in applied science degree in graphic design in just two years. The program is also open to part-time students so that you can work around your job schedule. You may want to take a course or two in digital prepress while you're at MCC-Penn Valley. Understanding how your work will print can make you a better designer and improve your job prospects.

Will my credits transfer to another college or university?

Yes, all general education credits will transfer to most colleges, and many art course will transfer to a four-year degree. Check with your advisor or counselor before starting the program to make sure your transfer will be as smooth as possible. [Check here for MCC's transfer agreements]

How much money can I make as a graphic designer?

A graphic designer can make an annual salary of $26,000 for an entry-level position and up to $70,000 annually as an Art Director/Creative Director.

What's the job outlook for someone in this field?

Kansas City employs about 25% of the graphic designers in Missouri. Talented designers are always in demand. The continuing growth of the Internet will provide many job opportunities for designers of web pages and multimedia. [learn more about Job Outlook]

What kind of learning environment will I find at MCC-Penn Valley?

Classes are held in the new Carter Art Center using the latest technologies in hardware (Apple Macintosh) and software. You'll experience a hands-on and interactive learning environment that is both supportive and challenging. We keep classes small so that you can receive personal instruction.

What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC-Penn Valley?

You'll enjoy the convenience of flexible class times and nearby location. You'll get dedicated instructors with industry expertise and excellent student services—all at an affordable cost.

Last Modified: 12/17/19