May 24, 2018  
NIACC Catalog 2018-2019 
  
NIACC Catalog 2018-2019

Graphic Communications, A.A.S.


The Graphic Communications degree program is devised to provide students with essential skills and knowledge to enter the exciting graphic arts field. Designers must possess a strong sense of creativity, aesthetics, color and detail, as well as a sense of balance, proportion, and professional design. Their creations are often the main media used to successfully market products and services and strongly influence buying decisions in our ever-changing business environment.

Students wishing to achieve a four-year degree will need to meet general education requirements of transfer institutions and pursue the A.A. Degree. This will necessitate a slightly different curriculum so refer to your program advisor for course selection.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates may find employment opportunities in the following occupational areas:

  • Advertising Layout
  • Graphic Design
  • Newspapers
  • Printing Industry
  • Publishing Companies
  • Screen-Printing
  • Sign companies

Upon successful completion of the Graphic Communications curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

Required Courses/Suggested Schedule


First Year


Total: 15 s.h.

Second Term (Spring Semester)


Total: 15 s.h.

Second Year


Total: 15 s.h.

Fourth Term (Spring Semester)


Total: 15 s.h.

Total Program Hours: 60 s.h.


+ If you anticipate achieving a two-year degree, enroll in a Business Elective your first year and Workplace Professionalism your second year, preferably Fourth Term.

Not all courses are offered every semester; to stay on track, students are advised to follow suggested schedule.

* Students should review the course prerequisites(s) before enrollment to insure program completion within the financial aid guideline time frame. For a listing of all business courses, please see the college catalog or check with a counselor.