Graphic Communications

Program Number: 10-204-3
School Year: 2020-2021
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is eligible for financial aid

Combine your passion for art and technology and turn it into a career with an associate degree in graphic communications at Moraine Park Technical College. 

About the Program

Graphic communications, or graphic design, is art with a purpose. Students in the Graphic Communications program combine art and creativity with computer skills to convey information in print, online or digital environments. Students learn to combine modern technologies with traditional design concepts, theories and techniques in a wide variety of design projects.

What You'll Learn

Students in the Graphic Communications associate degree program explore illustration, typography, electronic publication, social media video, digital photography and advertising. Students learn how to work with a client and experience the production process hands-on, from concept through completion. 

Graduates of the program are proficient in design software, tools and technology. 

In their final semester, graphic communications students show off their favorite work to friends, family and prospective employers during the “Portfolio Showcase” event. 

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Career Opportunities
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Transfer Opportunities
Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
Program Outcomes
  • Apply the principles of design to develop strategic marketing and communication products and services.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of design software, tools and technology.
  • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion using a formal process.
  • Apply effective legal and ethical business practices and project management skills.
  • Communicate artwork rationale in formal and informal settings.
Career Opportunities
  • Sales Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Digital Prepress Technician
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Photo Technician
Admission Process

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    Transfer Opportunities
    1. Transfer in prior college work or get a free transcript review. Start here.
    2. Transfer a Moraine Park degree to earn a bachelor’s – learn more.
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    Semester 1
    103-159Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    103-170Beginning Photoshop2
    111-101Introduction to Graphic Communication3
    204-112Design Fundamentals3
    801-136English Composition 13
    890-101College 1012
    Total 16
    Semester 2
    104-133Social Video Creation3
    152-107Graphics for the Web2
    204-102Vector Illustration 12
    204-105Designing for Mobile Platforms3
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    Total 16
    Semester 3
    196-189Team Building and Problem Solving3
    204-100Imaging Editing2
    204-134Design Production and Planning 13
    204-144Vector Illustration 23
    804-1xxMathematics Course3
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Total 17
    Semester 4
    204-116Digital Graphic Imaging3
    204-168Design Production and Planning 2: Digital Output3
    204-181Prepress Process Color3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total 15
    Total Credits64