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Graphic Design Program

About: Blinn gives beginning and budding graphic designers the skills to help organizations stand out through the creation of graphics that fit specific commercial needs, such as logos, packaging or displays.

Right Fit: The Graphic Design Program caters to an array of students, including those looking to attend school full-time or working professionals seeking to refine skills or learn a new trade. No special skills or prior experience are needed to succeed in the program, as the courses are designed to equip students with a foundation in art and the basic skills needed to succeed in the industry.

Degree Path: Students may take courses toward a Occupational Skills Award (OSA), Level I Certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Graphic Design, which include courses in digital imaging and publishing, computer illustration and web design.  Students often earn an MSAA in their first semester, gain employment thanks to their top-notch skills training and continue gaining valuable on-the-job experience while working toward a certificate or AAS degree.

Occupational Skills Award

  • 12 hours of coursework
  • Students are prepared for entry level graphic design positions

Graphic Design Certificate - Graphic Design Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure Table

  • 42 hours of coursework
  • Students are prepared for advanced employment, including art director positions

AAS Degree 

  • 60 hours of coursework
  • Students are prepared for an array of advanced employment opportunities and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution

Job Opportunities: Program graduates have landed jobs in law firms, graphic and web design firms and started their own businesses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers in Texas can expect an average annual salary of $45,530. In the Brazos Valley, the average hourly wage for a graphic designer with some college experience was $22.32 in 2014.

Program:  Program administrators work closely with an advisory committee of experienced industry professionals who offer expert advice to keep curriculum on the cutting edge and help students seeking associate degrees land internships.

In addition to hands-on learning opportunities using Adobe Creative Suite programs including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Premiere, students learn and practice in a new lab equipped with commercial printers and 10 Macintosh and 10 PC computers in the recently renovated Student Center. Students are required to design on the different machines so they are fully prepared to use the equipment at their future place of employment.

For more information, please contact Tim Weaver (Tim.Weaver@blinn.edu)

Award CIP Code 50.0402 | Major Code MDES

Course CIP Code Prefix Number Title Lecture Lab Ext. Contact Hours SCH
50.0409 ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3 0 0 48 3
50.0409 ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3 1 0 64 3
50.0402 ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3 0 0 48 3
11.0801 IMED 1316 Web Design I 3 1 0 64 3

Totals 12 2 0 224 12

Course Information

Course

Description

Outcomes

ARTC 1302

Digital imaging using raster image editing and/or image creation software: scanning, resolution, file formats, output devices, color systems, and image-acquisitions.

Identify terminology, advantages and limitations of image editing software; distinguish bit-mapped resolutions for image acquisitions and output devices; use digital editing and painting tools; use basic half-tone theory in production of images, manipulate, create, and edit digital images for print and for web; specify appropriate file formats.

ARTC 1313

The fundamentals of using digital layout as a primary publishing tool and the basic concepts and terminology associated with typography and page layout.

Apply fundamentals of page layout; define typographic terminology and specifications; import text and graphics into page layout programs; discuss file formats and file management techniques.

ARTC 1353

Use of the tools and transformation options of an industry-standard vector drawing program to create complex illustrations or drawings.

Identify terminology, advantages and limitations of vector software; use vector drawing tools manipulate, create, and edit vector drawings for print or web; and specify file formats.

IMED 1316

Instruction in web design and related graphic design issues including mark-up languages, web sites, and browsers.

Identify how the Internet functions with specific attention to the World Wide Web and file transfer; apply design techniques in the creation and optimization of graphics and other embedded elements; demonstrate the use of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) formatting and layout standards; design, create, test, and maintain a web site.

 

Job Outlook

Our research has shown there are many possible candidate positions that would benefit from an MSAA in Graphic Design with the top two listed below: 


SOC 43-9031 Desktop Publishers

General Job Description
Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

Method of Entry
High school diploma or equivalent. Typically requires the completion of high school or an equivalent program resulting in the award of a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) credential.

Use of Advanced Technology
Every occupation includes some relationship between job duties and the use of advanced technology -- defined as work activities and environments that incorporate complex electronics as found in computers, lasers, robotics, digital devices, satellites, etc. While basic computer skills such as "keyboarding" apply to an increasing number of occupations, each has different levels of technology interface. Desktop Publishers is classified as an occupation whose job duties require significant use of technology.

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK Brazos Valley Local Workforce Development Area Labor Market Information Texas Labor Market Information National Labor Market
Employment (2012) 10 1,380 16,400
Projected Employment (2022) 10 1,470 15,500
Absolute Change 2012-2022 0 90 -900
Percent Change 2012-2022 0% 6.5% -5.5%
Avg Hourly Wage (2014) Not Available $16.93 $20.17
Avg Openings/year – Replacement 0 20 Not Available
Avg Opening/year - Growth 0 10 Not Available
 

Additional Labor Market Information
Turnover: LOW
Average Age of Workers in Occupation: 26.6
Average Years in Occupation: 1.0
Average Years with Current Employer: 1.5
Percent Female: 86.2%
Percent Non-White: 24.4%


SOC 27-1024  Graphic Designers

General Job Description
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Method of Entry
Some college, no degree. Typically requires the achievement of a high school diploma or equivalent plus the completion of one or more postsecondary courses that did not result in a degree or award.

Use of Advanced Technology
Every occupation includes some relationship between job duties and the use of advanced technology -- defined as work activities and environments that incorporate complex electronics as found in computers, lasers, robotics, digital devices, satellites, etc. While basic computer skills such as "keyboarding" apply to an increasing number of occupations, each has different levels of technology interface.

Graphic Designers is classified as an occupation whose job duties involve occasional use of technology.

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK Brazos Valley Local Workforce Development Area Labor Market Information Texas Labor Market Information National Labor Market
Employment (2012) 150 14,430 259,500
Projected Employment (2022) 170 16,950 276,900
Absolute Change 2012-2022 20 2,520 17,400
Percent Change 2012-2022 13.30% 17.50% 6.70%
Avg Hourly Wage (2014) $22.31 $21.89 $24.36
Avg Openings/year – Replacement 5 380 Not Available
Avg Opening/year - Growth 0 250 Not Available
 

Additional Labor Market Information
Turnover: AVERAGE
Average Age of Workers in Occupation: 38.0
Average Years in Occupation: 5.1
Average Years with Current Employer: 4.1
Percent Female: 52.2%
Percent Non-White: 15.1%