Communicating through art, the work of graphic designers can be seen everywhere.
Graphic design careers encompass many tasks, but all are designed to communicate something to others. Designers perform a variety of tasks taking a project from an idea to finished work. They create artwork to announce events, promote products, services or ideas, or demonstrate useful information. Designers work with photographs and computer-generated images and use and design typefaces for a variety of commercial messages.
About the Program
Jackson College offers associate degree or certificate options in graphic design, which may be completed entirely online. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in various settings such as publication and printing industries, advertising and marketing organizations, and graphic design departments of agencies and retailers. The study includes courses in three of the Adobe® Creative Suite® programs, Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe® Photoshop®, and Adobe® InDesign®.
Students will benefit from art history and design classes, a sense of photography, along with creativity and imagination. “It is really important to have a foundation of good design principles. Without it, designers will not be able to compete,” said Christie Hughes, associate professor. “Technology and computer skills are essential, but those can always be learned. They will need to be learned because the software programs are always changing and upgrading.”
Demand for graphic designers will increase about 3 percent in the coming years, with 670 annual openings projected in Michigan. Median earnings are $52,00 per year and range from $29,070-$79,210.