Every successful business uses the services of advertising agencies, graphic designers,
and illustrators to promote and inform in today's global economy. Graduates of the
Graphic Design degree or certificate programs find work in advertising agencies, design
studios, in-house corporate design/promotion departments, or as freelancers, handling
a variety of creative projects and campaigns.
Recent studies indicate that the outlook for advertising, graphic design and related activities is excellent. The field is considered to be one of the top 25 occupational choices.
Major Employment Areas
- Graphic Designer
- Web Designer
- Creative Director
- Art Director
- Senior Designer
- Package Designer
- Layout Artist
- Computer Artist
Marketability is determined by the creativity and quality of work exhibited in the graduate's portfolio. The Graphic Design program at College of DuPage guides students toward building a successful portfolio. The program serves high school graduates, persons seeking to make career changes, professionals who are upgrading or adding to their job skills, and those who seek personal enrichment by developing their artistic talents.
Students who complete an Associate in Applied Science degree can seek immediate employment or can continue their education by taking advantage of articulation agreements with Columbia College in Chicago, or Robert Morris College in Chicago and Aurora. These agreements allow students to begin their studies at College of DuPage and complete a bachelor's degree at one of these well-respected schools.
Graphic Design coursework includes study in graphic design, illustration, typography, web design and advertising. Great facilities such as Macintosh-equipped computer design studios, with the latest design and illustration software and color printers, allow students to develop professional quality portfolios. With great curriculum, award-winning teachers and great facilities, Graphic Design is among the best in community college graphic design programs in the Midwest.
Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.
- Graphic Design, Associate in Applied Science
- Interactive Media, Associate in Applied Science (see page 4 of PDF)
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.
Gainful Employment Information
View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:
John Callegari, coordinator
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 252A, (630) 942-3418
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room255A, (630) 942-3415
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room257A, (630) 942-2082
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room259A, (630) 942-3029
If you are unable to contact a faculty advisor, messages may be left with the Liberal Arts Division, (630) 942-2047, or the Fine and Applied Arts Office, (630) 942-2048.
David ChuGraphic Design
"I try to help my students learn to express themselves creatively and to be successful in the business world. I encourage them to define their own perspective and personality, to understand advertising and design, to have the technical skills to create it, and to apply the principles to themselves as professionals."Read Spotlight
Dianne HlinskyGraphic Design
“I didn’t plan on being at COD for very long. But I did well in those two classes and liked it so much that I decided to take more. At COD, I felt connected to a campus for the first time. During the past year, I’ve made more of a contribution to student life and the campus community than I ever did at either of my previous schools. When I look back, I feel foolish that I ignored College of DuPage. Besides getting another degree in an inexpensive way, I felt like I belonged at COD. I found a true family there.”Read Spotlight
Cheryl VargasGraphic Design
"The Graphic Design program is so welcoming, and there’s such a feeling that we’re all in this together. Instructors stay after hours to help, we have the best in equipment and classrooms, and class offerings are constantly being updated to keep up with changing technology.”Read Spotlight
Mirjana UrsuleskuGraphic Design
"The time I spent here surpassed all my expectations. And I cannot speak highly enough about the faculty. My experience from day one has been that the faculty in this program truly want you to succeed, and they are willing to go above and beyond to help you reach your goals."Read Spotlight
Tim KietzmanGraphic Design
"At first, I could only draw stick figures, but my brother Ben advised that I should avoid drawing that way because it didn’t look appealing. So I began to practice as much as I could. I wanted to create comics that are fun and easy to write. Finally, I realized that creating comics may be fun work to do for a living."Read Spotlight
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