Graphic Design

A KCC Graphic Design student works on a project on a computer in the college's Graphic Design Lab.In today’s fast-paced world, visual communication is becoming more important every day. Graphic design is an art that meets society’s visual communication needs by combining images, words and ideas to convey information to an audience. A graphic designer develops creative solutions to communication challenges and incorporates them into different types of media, including print media like brochures and posters, and digital media, including websites.

At Kellogg Community College, we embrace technology to teach fundamental graphic design skills that prepare students to fill the many job opportunities design skills can bring. KCC’s Graphic Design Program emphasizes creativity, artistic design and the use of contemporary digital media technologies through hands-on learning and project creation, with small class sizes.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Graphic Design and a Graphic Design Certificate. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking each credential follows.

For more information about KCC’s Graphic Design Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Graphic Design

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II
ART 103: Two-Dimension Design ART 227: Digital Color Photography ANIM 103: Intro to Video Art OR
ANIM 233: Intro to 2-D Animation Techniques
GRDE 208: Graphic Design 2
COMM 101: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication** OR
COMM 111: Business and Technical Communication**
BUAD 121: Principles of Advertising OR
BUAD 251: Principles of Marketing
ART 110:
Drawing 1
GRDE 211: Design for New Media
GRDE 103: Intro to Graphic Design GRDE 145: Digital Imaging GRDE 206: Graphic Design 1 GRDE 271: Graphic Design Internship
GRDE 135: Digital Illustration and Layout GRDE 204: Typography and Typesetting GRDE 210: Design for the Web GRDE 296: Portfolio Review
Global Awareness Elective* ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** GRDE 261: Graphic Design Practicum MATH 115: Math for Liberal Arts
Healthy Living Elective*

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated with an asterisk fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

Graphic Design Certificate

KCC’s Graphic Design Certificate is designed for individuals either working or seeking employment in the Graphic Design field. The certificate provides a well-rounded curriculum concentrating on specific skill requirements. The courses provide an industry standard of technical training in a relatively short period of time and transfer into the Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design program outlined above.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ART 103: Two-Dimension Design ART 227: Digital Color Photography
GRDE 103: Intro to Graphic Design GRDE 208: Graphic Design 2
GRDE 135: Digital Illustration and Layout GRDE 210: Design for the Web
GRDE 145: Digital Imaging GRDE 261: Graphic Design Practicum
GRDE 204: Typography and Typesetting ANIM 103: Intro to Video Art OR
ANIM 233: Intro to 2-D Animation Techniques
GRDE 206: Graphic Design 1

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Graphic Design Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

Transfer Opportunities

KCC Graphic Design Program alumni have transferred and continued their studies at many four year schools and universities, including Central Michigan University, College for Creative Studies, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design and Western Michigan University. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Graphic Design Careers

Many employment paths are possible for those with graphic design skills. Some designers specialize in an area of interest such as packaging or motion design, while others become a generalist with basic skills in multiple areas in an effort to serve a broader range of clients. Design opportunities can be found everywhere from print shops in small towns to design firms or corporations in bigger cities, where professionals work as “in-house” designers. Many designers even work on their own as freelancers.

Graphic design career areas include:

  • Advertising design
  • Book design
  • Brand and identity design
  • Motion design
  • Package design
  • Production design
  • Publication design
  • Type design
  • And more

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for graphic design careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Graphic Design at KCC?

KCC’s Graphic Design Program blends traditional and digital media by encouraging technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness of graphic design, typography, Web design, animation, visual art and photography. Topics covered in the program include: Creative problem solving, industry-standard software, design fundamentals, typography and typesetting, Web and motion design, portfolio development and professional and business practices On-the-job training through internships

Graphic Design Lab

KCC’s Graphic Design facilities include two state-of-the-art Macintosh computer labs and a media resource lab with top-of-the-line scanners, tablets and wide-format digital printers. All program graduates are trained to proficiency on industry-standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs desired by today’s top employers.

Graphic Design Internships

KCC’s Graphic Design Program offers interested students the opportunity to expand on their design interests and studies with on-the-job training through on-campus internships and projects from real-world clients. Former students have worked as designers in KCC’s Media Design Center, designed logos for professional sports teams and book covers for published authors – all while students at KCC.

Student Art League

Graphic Design students at KCC have an opportunity to participate in the Art League, a campus club for students interested in expanding their knowledge of art. A variety of activities outside the classroom are offered to encourage greater art appreciation by club members. Contact Art League advisors Ryan Flathau or Pete Williams for more information.