Graphic Design

Programs of Study

Graphic Design

Curriculum
Offered in the Classroom & 45% Online

Graphic Design Certificate

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 30% Online

About the Program

The multimedia graphic design program gives you a foundation in visual design. You will learn to analyze, plan and create visual solutions to a variety of communication projects.

This program provides a great opportunity to gain training in creative problem solving, graphic design, digital media, illustration, computer-aided design, production, and information technology. You will learn a wide variety of creative and technical design skills that will enable you to transfer to a four-year institution or gain an entry-level position in the profession. Choose from exciting courses such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Web Design, and Design and Concept to pursue your Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate.

Academic Support

CCD’s visual arts and multimedia graphic design programs are proud to offer open studio time. 

Open studio allows you to work outside of your studio class times on projects (two-, three- and four-dimensional alike). We offer five different open studios: Painting, Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Design, Photography Lab, and a Multimedia Design Lab.

Open studios are staffed by experienced art and graphic design students who are there to support your learning.

Dates and times vary each semester, please contact the art department for details.

Academic support is also provided through the Excel Knowledge Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 30 percent of its certificate and 45 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
MGD 101, MGD 105, MGD 111, MGD 112,
MGD 114, MGD 116, MGD 141, MGD 203,
MGD 213, MGD 289
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
MGD 111, MGD 112, MGD 114, MGD 141 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Special Scholarship for Graphic Design Students

The Mel Carter Art Scholarship is awarded to a talented visual arts student currently enrolled at CCD and selected by visual arts faculty. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of talent and not on your financial need. Deadline to apply is November 30th!

Gainful Employment Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided here is the best available to us and represents one year’s data only. However, we hope this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as you make your career and educational choices in the field of graphic design.

View CCD’s gainful employment occupation, placement rate, on-time completion rate, average program tuition & fees, and average program median loan debt data.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

The annual Student Art Show is a long-running event that highlights the artistic achievements of CCD’s students in the visual arts and graphic design programs.

CCD’s visual arts and graphic design programs have engaged in a unique public-private partnership bringing cutting-edge artwork to the law office walls of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations, adding about 33,700 new jobs.

A degree in multimedia graphic design opens the doorway to many exciting careers:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Motion Graphics
  • Environmental Graphic Design
  • Multimedia Design

There are many possibilities with a degree in multimedia graphic design; learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The average salary for multimedia designers is between $35,000 and $60,000 a year.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for art and design occupations.

Stackable

This certificate is fully transferable to the Associate of Applied Science in graphic design.