Graphic design is the practice or profession of designing print or electronic forms of visual information. Graphic designers create a wide assortment of materials such as posters, magazines, catalogs, logos, advertising materials, maps, documentation, signage, and web sites like the one you are reading right now. Graphic design skills are used in many visual fields such as print production, illustration, graphic arts, computer graphics, photography and animation. Graphic design is a satisfying field for those with a strong visual aptitude, who enjoy working with computers and are able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
Career Options: The graphic design technology program at Hagerstown Community College offers several options for getting started. One can pursue a letter of recognition, a certificate or choose between two degree programs. The AS Degree Option in Graphic Design will prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in graphic design. The AAS Degree in Graphic Design Technology provides the training and skills for the student who wishes to proceed directly into the field to seek an entry level position at a print shop, advertising agency, in-house art department, or publication to name but a few. Almost any field these days has a need for talented people with the skills to create visual communication products. Our program at HCC in graphic design technology will provide hands-on training in those skills.
Career Outlook: Demand for graphic design work will continue to increase from advertisers, publishers, and computer design firms through the year 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics. Graphic designers with Web site design and animation experience especially will be needed as demand for design projects increases for interactive media – Web sites, video games, cellular phones, personal digital assistants, and other technology. Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics .