Graphic Arts AAS

About Graphic Arts AAS

Prepare for work in the graphics field in either print or web media at MCC. Your graphic arts classes will cover not only the basics needed for a strong foundation, but as you progress, you'll be able to complete projects tailored to your unique skills and interests, collaborate with other students and faculty, and work on a professional portfolio to help with your job search. The Graphic Arts AAS program is designed so you can complete your Fundamentals of Design Web Design and/or a Graphic Designcertificate as you work toward your degree.

Total Costs of Graphic Arts AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $9,816

Credit Hours to Complete: 60

Weeks to Complete: 64

What you need to know about getting your Graphic Arts AAS (CIP 50.0409)

Total Graphic Arts AAS Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,690 $22,690 $28,208 $28,208
Additional Costs $3,126 $3,126 $3,126 $3,126
Program Total $9,816 $25,816 $31,334 $31,334

What makes MCC's Graphic Arts AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

Equipment and facilities at MCC include Mac and PC classrooms using the latest Adobe software.

In addition to the Graphic Arts AAS, we offer:

What careers are available to someone with a an Graphic Arts AAS

Occupations that Graphic Arts AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1121
Art Directors 27-1011
Multimedia Artists and Animators 27-1014
Artists and Related Workers, All Other 27-1019
Graphic Designers 27-1024

What job opportunities are available to someone with a Graphic Arts AAS?

Students who earn a degree in graphics work as:

  • Designers for printed publications for brochures, posters, packaging, and advertising design
  • Graphic designers who create trademarks, signage, and business communications
  • Web designers who create multimedia applications, web sites, and digital media
  • Computer Graphics Teachers

How will MCC's Graphic Arts AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

You'll learn using current, industry standard software (Adobe Creative Cloud™) and train to the current standards in the field (as defined by the W3C).

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range
    • Graphic Artist/Designer $26,200 to $77,400
    • Commercial and Industrial Designer $34,000 to $93,000
    • Art Director $64,920
    • Educational Services $22,000 to $124,000
    • Multimedia Artists and Animators $34,800 to $109,400
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook for the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10% increase in employment opportunities for workers with credentials in this field over the next five years.

What have graduates gone on to do?

Students have gone on to take positions at local businesses, or transfer to four-year institutions both locally and in other states/countries. Many of our graphics students transfer to:

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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