Graphic Design

Graphic designers are experts in visual communication — posters, logos, ads and other pieces that communicate a message using images and typography. It is a creative field that combines art with technology. 

As a Waubonsee graphic design student, you can take a variety of courses that deal with industry software, print design, Web design, 2-D and 3-D animation and portfolio building, among others. The curriculum includes both transfer and career-oriented programs, along with an internship option.

In addition to internships, you'll also have the opportunity to get out into the industry during the many field trips classes take to local graphic and printing industry businesses. It is essential for students to have a good knowledge base of the printing industry and how they operate since designers work very closely with printers.

Interested in other art courses?
In addition to graphic design, Waubonsee offers courses in the history and practice of the studio arts, including drawing, painting, photography and other digital media.

Mission of the Graphic Design Unit
Graphic Design is a comprehensive program and a tremendous amount of individual attention is given to students, from instructors and advisors, providing guidance for the major’s distinct tracks in print, web and motion graphics. The Graphic Design program also incorporates the disciplines of art and marketing creating a well-rounded understanding of the field of graphic design, as it is the voice that speaks to and through these distinct disciplines. Students studying in this program will complete an internship or a community-based practicum project, as well as a senior capstone exhibition or presentation, before receiving their degree. It is a goal of the program to have our students not merely trained in the practice of graphic design, but presented with an approach to thinking, communicating, and creating that will allow them to be future problem solvers and catalysts for successful visual communication within our society. 

Graphic Design Unit Goals/Objectives
The Graphic Design program will provide students the educational foundation enabling them to master the skills and techniques necessary to produce creative, polished and professional work.

  • Students will demonstrate contemporary design and transformation of information into imaginative and conceptually appropriate creative design solutions. 
  • Students will use current industry-standard production software and hardware to create, animate and produce design solutions. 
  • Students will demonstrate graphic design theory to include the principles of design, elements of composition, and typography in the creation of aesthetically pleasing artwork. 
  • Students will demonstrate the development of a personal, research-based design process anchored in the foundations of drawing and illustration. 
  • Students will present a professional graphic design portfolio that demonstrates their mastery and effectiveness as visual communicators.  

Upon completion of a degree or certification in a graphic design field, students will be able to: 

  • Examine the creative process of transforming an idea into visual communication.
  • Develop and refine graphic design solutions using digital images, illustrations and effective typography and bring the finished design through the print production process.
  • Design effective web pages with graphic and multimedia content, while demonstrating the techniques and applications of acquiring, manipulating and outputting digital photographic images and custom 2-D and 3-D animation to enhance visual communication. 
  • Demonstrate logical, conceptual thinking.
  • Integrate theory, creativity and technical skills into a professionally targeted portfolio.
  • Assemble a portfolio to promote design projects to employers and other educational institutions.

A Sign of Quality

Our graphic design program recently received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).