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The goal of the Visual Communication program is to create a stimulating learning environment for students where they can pursue their specific interest within six areas of professional study: graphic design, multimedia, web design, video and post production, motion graphics and 3-D animation. Design services, publishing, advertising, public relations, computer systems design and related services contain areas of employment for the visual communication graduate.

Courses in the Graphic Design track emphasize conceptual communication and innovative designs by offering an understanding of ideation, visual organization, typography, and production tools and technology. Students learn to design and/or create graphics to meet specific needs such as packaging, logos, displays, websites, publications and various digital media.

The Visual Communication Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses based on specialization. A certificate in graphic design is structured to be completed in 2-3 semesters and is designed to provide a core understanding of the specific area without the need of other academics required in a degree. A certificate may be beneficial for a working professional who wants or needs to update or expand their knowledge and skills to benefit their employment in the industry.

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Please contact the Visual Communications Department for more information.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communication I 3
ARTS 1311 Design I - 2-D 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
IMED 1301 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTC 1327 Typography 3
ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3
IMED 1316 Web Design I 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTC 2347 Design Communications II 3
ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
IMED 2315 Web Design II 3
IMED 2311-or-IMED 2380 Portfolio Development2-or-Cooperative Education: Interactive Media2 3
Graphic Design Certificate Program Total 45 Credits


  1. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median wage: $41,8141

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Graphic Designer2
  • Production Artist2
  • Visual Designer2

Gainful Employment

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."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.