Graphic Communications Degree & Certificates | Southwestern Illinois College

Degree Program

Graphic Communications Associate in Applied Science (0140)

The Graphic Communications AAS encompasses both web and print advertising fields. Students will gain the knowledge most sought after by advertising agencies, large corporations, and businesses wishing to improve their business communications.

Accelerated Degree Option

Anyone who has completed an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in the Graphic Communications program by completing at least 27 semester credits of program related course work. A plan of specific courses required for the degree must be obtained from the program coordinator and approved by the dean of the Business Division and vice president for Instruction. Only those courses completed at SWIC, and not included as part of the requirements for a previously earned degree or certificate, can be considered for this option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the AAS degree.

Certificate Program

Graphics Design Certificate (074A)

Students will learn how to design all types of graphics and prepare them for print or web applications. Key graphics publishing software will be used to design and create a variety of publications.

Career Opportunities

Graphic Communications students may find positions in the following areas:

  • Graphic Designer/Artist
  • Advertising Designer/Artist
  • Art Design Worker
  • Multi-Media Artist
  • Media Designer/Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Production Designer/Artist
  • Web Designer

For more job market information, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Visit our Career Activities and Employment Center.

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) – Student Chapter

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is an educational association of students interested in computer information technology. All students are welcome to join. Contact the Business Division at 618-222-5433 for more information.