Associate in Arts (Transfer)
Learn in-demand design software and techniques. Explore the role of graphic designers and how they support effective marketing. Put your knowledge and skills to use in brochure design, visualizing data, poster development, and more.
transfer rate for students pursuing a four-year degree
Start hands-on design training in your first semester. High-tech printing labs, studios, and production spaces give you hands-on experience in concept development, design process, page layout, packaging, information graphics, and more.
Develop a professional-level portfolio that showcases your marketable skills to future employers and transfer institutions.
Tour local design agencies and printers. Make connections through student groups like Harbinger Student Media.
Production Artist, Graphic Designer, Brand Identity Designer, Web Designer (front-end), Interactive Designer
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
New Business Manager, Brent Baker Shares How ICC Nurtured His Success
ICC Class of 2011 (Psychology) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor’s in Psychology New Business Development Manager, Natural Fiber Welding 2021 ICC Alumnus of the Last Decade Award Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job: After graduating from ICC and then Bradley, I completed two years of AmeriCorps volunteer service through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation…
ICC Class of 2019 (Music) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor ‘s in Music Freelance accompanist/collaborative pianist I was originally planning to earn an English degree, but after taking an American music history course under Larry Harms, I fell in love with music and switched my area of study. Along with music theory and ear training, I took applied piano…
An ICC Family Celebration for Father & Son
Looking to aim high, Michael recently earned the ultimate head start in his education and career. In May, Michael earned his associate degree from ICC and graduated from high school simultaneously, all at the age of 17. ICC and the Dual Degree program made this incredible milestone possible. Michael said, “Before joining this program, I didn’t even know how seriously…
ICC Class of 2011 (Culinary Arts) Director, Food and Nutrition Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. A close friend of mine got me interested in pursuing my culinary degree at ICC. She would talk about all the amazing foods she made during lab classes and often…
Our students leave with portfolios that routinely beat those of sophomores at their transfer institution.David Smit, Professor, Graphic Design/Multimedia
How Do I Get Into the Graphic Design Program?
You have a passion for design and want to learn how great design can win over the hearts and minds of audiences. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Taking art and graphics classes can help support your acceptance.
- Good verbal and written communications are an asset.
What Can I Expect As a Graphic Design Student?
- An understanding of the graphic design profession.
- Visual and verbal presentation techniques.
- Internship opportunities with the ICC marketing department and Performing Arts Center, as well as external arts and non-profit organizations.
- A chance to develop a professional-level portfolio to represent your work to employers and transfer schools.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.