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About Graphic Design

Graphic Design is everywhere you look. It surrounds you on a daily basis. From t-shirts and coffee cups to billboards and cereal packaging, graphic design helps communicate a message.

Graphic design is about problem-solving. It uses visual designs to communicate those solutions.

About Our Programs

Students who complete our full two-year program will receive an Associates of Applied Science Degree. We also offer an one-year Diploma program, a Certificate program consisting of five courses, and Career and College Promise classes for high school students.

The instructors of the Advertising and Graphic Design program have diverse backgrounds and real-world experience that translate into an unique learning experience. Smaller class sizes give each student opportunities for hands on learning and individualized instruction, providing students with a greater understanding of critical techniques and skills. It is this one-on-one atmosphere that prepares each student for the real world.

About Our Curriculum

Instructors train students in the development of concept and design for promotional materials (newspaper and magazine advertisements, posters, folders, letterheads, corporate symbols, brochures, booklets), preparation of art for printing, lettering and typography, photography, and electronic media.

Where Do Graduates Work in McDowell County and Western NC?

Our graduates work in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, department stores, a wide variety of manufacturing industries, newspapers, and businesses with in-house graphics operations.

Typical Salary (Entry-Level)


Typical Salary (Mid-Career)


Career Information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor:

Degrees offered:
Advertising and Graphic Design

Advertising and Graphic Design-Certificate/Pathway
Advertising and Graphic Design-Certificate
Advertising and Graphic Design-Associate Degree
Advertising and Graphic Design-Diploma

Related classes and additional information can be found in the MTCC Catalog