Graphic Design - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Graphic Design

Graphic Design | AAS

Associate of Applied Science
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Transfer Options

Graphic Design is a program that launches you in a career you will love and gives you the skills to do it well. If you enjoy making a product look good, creating something from nothing or producing really cool computer graphics, then take a look at the digital world of graphic design. Graduates from our program become graphic designers, art directors, and web designers.

Designers need a technical background and a polished portfolio to obtain work in this profession. The program equips students with the technical and creative skills needed to produce a variety of communications pieces. They include advertising, web pages, posters, book covers, logos, letterhead and business cards.

You will learn to use software products from Adobe® that graphic designers use on the job. Combined with the software knowledge, you will study design to make a dynamic portfolio to land the job. The Graphic Design program constantly improves its technology to meet industry needs and keep students current for today's job market.

Meet Your Advisor

Jennifer Conley
Jennifer Conley
Career Navigator
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
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Transfer to a Four-Year School

If a bachelor's degree is your educational goal, getting a head start on your major has never been easier. You can apply the credits from this associate degree toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year college and university. To make the most of your time and money, tell your advisor about your transfer plans early in the admissions process.

Four-Year College Agreements

Career Options

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos.

Required Classes for Graphic Design | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
GRA 131 Digital Layout 3
GRA 140 Digital Imaging 3
GRA 201 Design Principles I 3
SMM 101 Social Media Explored 3
ENG 105 Composition I 3
GRA 132 Digital Layout II 3
GRA 180 Interactive Design 3
GRA 207 Design Principles II 3
GRA 209 Vector Drawing 3
GRA 247 Business Presentations 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
ART 186 Digital Photography 3
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
GRA 141 Digital Imaging II 3
GRA 173 Typography 3
GRA 202 Portfolio I 3
GRA 248 Interactive Publications 1
GRA 286 Creative Media 3
GRA 325 Digital Color Theory 3
GRA 203 Portfolio II 3
GRA 240 Project Management for Creative Careers 2
GRA 246 Design Concepts and Trends 3
GRA 255 Motion Media Design I 3
GRA 700 Capstone for Creative Careers 1
GRA 932 Internship 2

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Lana Brown
Lana Brown
Graphic Design Instructor
Sioux City Campus, Room A31L
Lynne Wilcke
Lynne Wilcke
Graphic Design Instructor
Sioux City, Room A30L
Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell
Graphic Design Instructor
Dr. Michael Rohlena
Dr. Michael Rohlena
Assoc Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education
Sioux City Campus, Room B107

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,593.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,662.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Advisory Board

Graphic Design
Jackie McManigal Tyson Fresh Meats
Jeff Gordon Blue Earth Marketing
Rebecca Kempers Sioux City Farmers Market
Steve Gordon Jr RDQLUS Creative
Blake Davis Second Skin Wraps
Digital Marketing
James Krueger Clickrain, inc
Allison Gates Chatter Kick
Marketplace Design
Dan Coulander Revival Animal Health, Inc
Pete Laskie Revival Animal Health, Inc