Graphic Communications Courses and Schools

Learn about certificate, undergraduate degree and graduate degree programs in graphic communications. Explore the course topics you'd study in these programs, such as computer graphics and animation. Read about your job options in the graphic communications field. Schools offering Communication Design & Interactive Media degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Graphic communications is an expansive field, covering a range of topics dealing with visual communications. Students learn everything from audio and visual composition to color management. Undergraduate and graduate programs are widely available at community colleges, as well as 4-year colleges and universities.

Degree Options Certificate, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are available; some coursework may be online
Courses History of graphic communications, programming languages, digital publishing, and Internet applications
Career Outlook Web designer, color proofer, art director, and prepress technician, graphic designer

What Kind of Graphic Communications Courses Can I Take?

You can take courses in graphic communications at 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities. Courses may lead to a graphic communications certificate or degree - generally available from the associate's to the master's level - or be offered in standalone format by continuing education departments. Some of the courses you can take cover animation, audio and video composition, Web development, illustration, computer graphics, commercial printing, digital typography and color management. Graphic communications courses are generally offered on campus, though some courses more specifically in graphic design may be available online.

What Will I Learn?

In introductory courses, you can study the general history of graphic communications, as well as theories, techniques and limitations of graphic processes. Courses also cover digital publishing, design technology and Internet applications. Some provide an overview of graphics used in consumer packaging.

You'll be introduced to Windows or Macintosh operating systems, as well as image manipulation, word processing and vector drawing software. Courses may include instruction in programming languages such as MySQL, JavaScript and PHP. Information architecture and site structure may be covered.

Some courses provide instruction in interactive multimedia, using such applications as Flash, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Other software applications which might be featured are those used for sound management, such as Soundbooth and Premiere. Coursework in animation can teach you how to use applications such as Maya and 3ds Max. Instruction in Final Cut Pro and AutoCAD may also be included.

What Will This Prepare Me For?

Those with training in graphic communications can find work in areas including digital photography, electronic publishing, illustration, computer graphics, mass communications and package design. Some sample positions include Web designer, prepress technician, graphic designer, color proofer and art director.

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