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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.

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
Schools Universities, community colleges; continuing education departments

What Kind of Graphic Communications Courses Can I Take?

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. Here are some additional course topics to consider:

  • Design principles
  • Photoshop immersion
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Drawing
  • Executive leadership
  • Managing the media
  • Applied graphics communication processes
  • Digital publishing systems
  • Digital workflow
  • Typography and layout

What Schools Offer Graphic Communication Courses?

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 might be offered in standalone format by continuing education departments. Here are some of the schools that offer these programs:

  • Truckee Meadows Community College (NV)
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • University of Maryland, University College
  • New York University
  • Hawkeye College (IA)