Computer Graphic Design

Why Choose NPC's Computer Graphic Design?

Are you creative with a good eye for detail? Do you have computer aptitude and the ability to communicate well? If so, these can be the groundwork for an exciting career in computer graphic design.

The graphic design field is an enjoyable and rewarding area in which to work and has become an established field within the computer sciences. Film and publishing industries are no longer the only major sources of employment. Due to the ever-growing Internet, a boom in mobile device applications, gaming, and the increasingly interactive requirements of enterprises in the global marketplace, there is an exploding need for specialists in the computer graphics field.

About Our Program

The NPC Graphic Design program recognizes the increasing demand for workers in this field by offering a flexible degree incorporating technical skills in programming in general and graphics in particular.

The courses provide foundational skills in art, drawing and basic design as well as training with software packages typically used by the artists and designers who work in computer graphics. The computer science aspects of the program ensure that graduates are knowledgeable in the basic core technical competencies required to work in the field of computer information systems.

Degree/Certificate Options

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design (64-65 credit hours): In addition to 16-17 hours of general education credits that can transfer to other colleges and institutions, the graphic design AAS features 28 hours of core requirement courses ranging from basic art design and drawing through training in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Interactive and animated graphics are covered as well as are layout and design. Students cap their studies by creating their own computer
graphics portfolio.

  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Graphic Design (34 credit hours): A shortened program of study concentrating on the 28 hours of core requirement courses plus six hours of pre-selected general education English and mathematics courses. Students complete a portfolio of their work.
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Commercial Graphics Fundamentals: a 12-credit course of study featuring graphics communication technology, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and layout and design.
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Graphic Design: a highly focused 25-credit series of courses that include the full range of computer graphic design essentials as well as PHO 101, digital photography. Students also create their own portfolio.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities in the computer graphics area is expected to grow due to the explosion of interactive media. However, competition for jobs will be keen, with an edge going to those with design training and animation experience. Median entry-level salaries in the field average about $26,000. After a few years of experience, most computer graphic specialists can earn about $44,150 a year. (Figures from US BLS May 2012)
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University Transfer Options

Some courses within the program may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Always work with your NPC academic adviser to ensure you are taking the right courses to meet your educational and career goals.

Contact Us

Kristen Williams, Secretary to the Dean

Career & Technical Education Division
Silver Creek Campus -- Snowflake/Taylor
Student Center (SNC), room 124

(800) 266-7845, ext. 6232
Fax: 
928-536-6228