Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications (AAS): Graphic Design

Graphic design and visual communications are all around us in print and electronic media, photography, animation, multimedia and many other communication channels. If you are interested in any of these exciting areas, the IADT School of Design at Sanford-Brown may be the place for you. Our Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications degree program with a Graphic Design concentration can help you gain industry-current knowledge and skills in a dynamic learning environment.

If you've always wanted to explore career opportunities in the graphic design industry, now is the time to do it. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for graphic designers is expected to grow 13% from 2008 to 2018.* IADT's Visual Communications degree program with a Graphic Design concentration can help you prepare to take advantage of these growing career opportunities.


Sanford-Brown's associate-level Visual Communications degree program allows you to explore the fundamental tools and techniques used by today's graphic designers. By taking a variety of classes that feature industry-current instruction and training, you can learn to develop designs that will appeal to various targeted markets. You can also become familiar with the computer software most commonly used to create graphic designs.

Below is a sampling of course topics included in Sanford-Brown's Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications: Graphic Design degree program.* Classes are led by instructors with relevant career experience.

  • Design Fundamentals
  • Drawing I
  • Typography I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Digital Photography
  • Computer Illustration I
  • Digital Imaging I
  • Desktop Publishing I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Digital Prepress I
  • Portfolio Development For Visual Communications
  • Digital Imaging II
  • Desktop Publishing II
  • Graphic Design III

*Course curriculum is subject to change.

These are some of the exciting careers in graphic design. With the right education and
your own initiative, one of them could be in your future:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Assistant Illustrator
  • Assistant Digital Production Specialist
  • Assistant Media Designer
  • Graphic Design Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Design Coordinator
  • Junior Creative Director
  • Freelance Graphic Artist

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2010-11 Edition, Graphic Designers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos090.htm (visited October 12, 2010). This is a national estimate and conditions in your location may be different.

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SBC - Chicago - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 19%

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