Graphic Communications Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College
Learn everything there is to know about images, typography and design in this job-ready program.
Have you ever wanted to learn state-of-the-art production methods for print media or electronic publishing?
Graphic designers create visual solutions to effectively get messages across in print and electronic media using a variety of tools such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation and layout techniques.
Oklahoma City Community College offers two programs in graphic communications for you to choose from: the associate degree in graphic communications with a print media emphasis and the associate degree in graphic communications with a multimedia emphasis.
Since both of these programs are applied science degrees, that means you can enter the workforce immediately after you graduate without transferring to a four-year college or university.
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In this career field, positions call for graphic designers to develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, websites and more.
They can also be called on to produce promotional displays, packaging and marketing brochures for products and services, distinctive logos for products and businesses as well as signs and signage systems.
In the graphic communications degree program at OCCC, you’ll study:
- The principles of design, terminology, typography and the design process
- The software that is used in the industry
- Production methods
Students in the print emphasis learn concept and design for advertising, page layout and publications. Required software training includes: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Elective training courses may include web page design, web page animation, or digital photography. You will also produce a portfolio and resumé to be presented to future employers.
Meanwhile, students in the multimedia emphasis learn to design and produce visual productions. The Multimedia Classroom (AH-1C2) features iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium and Microsoft Office 2011.
There, you will learn how to use the Macintosh computer and software programs to design your work, produce web pages and websites, create productions with video and sound editing, web page animation, electronic publishing, and authoring.
You will also produce an interactive CD presentation, which includes examples of all the skills you master. This production will become part of your portfolio to be presented to future employers along with a resumé.
Graphic Communications Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City Community College offers two degree programs for students interested in graphic communications:
- An associate degree in applied science in graphic communications with a print media emphasis. In this program, students receive hands-on training in design theory, illustration, computer drawing and digital imaging. Graduates are then ready to enter the job market and work as designers, print media production artists, web page creators, multimedia presentation producers, illustrators or digital photography manipulators.
- An associate degree in applied science in graphic communications with a multimedia emphasis. In this degree program, you can get hands-on training in design theory and production. You’ll have courses in computer drawing, digital imaging, electronic publishing and digital video, sound, presentation production and multimedia authoring. After you graduate, you’ll be ready to enter the job market as a web page creator at a multimedia agency, advertising agency, television station, graphic design firm or even as an independent contractor for any number of companies.
Graphic Communications Classes at Oklahoma City Community College
At Oklahoma City Community College, you might take the following courses if you major in graphic communications:
- Electronic Publishing: Indesign I and II
- Advertising Layout
- Introduction to Graphic Design
- Computer Drawing: Freehand or Illustrator
- Image Editing: Photoshop I and II
- Web Page Design I and II
- Publication Design
- Applied Graphic Art
- Portfolio Preparation and Presentation
- Video Production
- Web Page Animation I and II
- Applied Graphic Art
- Multimedia Portfolio Production
OCCC’s online course catalog includes full details on all your required college classes. Check out class availability and map out your schedule today!
Professor of Graphic Communications
Professor Anderson has over 30 years experience in the photographic and graphic design industries. He has worked for Candid Color Systems, Pro-Graphic Images, Fleming Companies, and CDF. He also taught as an Adjunct professor at OCCC for 13 years before becoming full-time faculty.
Careers for Graphic Communications Majors
While about 25 percent of graphic designers are self-employed as freelancers, many jobs are found at advertising agencies, printing companies, service bureaus, multimedia agencies, newspapers, magazines, television stations, screen printers and photo labs as well as a number of graphic design companies and firms.
However, if you are interested in continuing your education at a four-year college or university, you might consider enrolling in OCCC’s visual arts associate degree program. Just talk with your faculty advisor for more information.
Are you ready to pursue your career in graphic communications? Complete your online community college admissions application today!