From traditional art classes in drawing, painting, photography, and pottery to the latest in computer-based graphic design, Wallace State’s Graphic Art & Design program offers what you need to put you on the path to use your artistic skills and talents in any number of careers.

Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Graphic Art and Design

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Wallace State’s Graphic Art and Design program is designed for students who seek to prepare for careers in the creative economy as highly skilled graphic designers or commercial artists. This program provides foundation level computer-based graphic design and commercial art training alongside traditional foundation level studio art production courses.

Graphic designers—or commercial artists—plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They decide the most effective way of getting a message across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers use a variety of graphics and layout computer software to assist in their designs. Computer software programs allow ease and flexibility in exploring a greater number of design alternatives. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Wallace State’s Graphic Art and Design program consists of:
26 hours of general required coursework
12 hours of foundation-level art production studio courses
28 hours of computer based graphic design coursework

Learning competencies covered within this program include: Art Criticism, Art Appreciation and Art History, Studio Art Production, Tools and Materials of Art Craft, Graphic Design History, Graphic Objects and File Types, Raster Graphic Production, Vector Graphic Production, Graphic Animation, Multi-Page Publication Production, 3D Graphic Production, Event Planning and Promotion, Exhibition Setup and Display, Niche Market Research, and Portfolio and Resume Production.

Upon completion of the Graphic Art & Design program, students will have gained the foundation to start possible careers in graphic and commercial design, desktop publishing, computer animation, gaming design, industrial design, apparel /fashion design, photography, advertising, marketing and promotions and Web page design.  Additionally, in order for them to become better designers, artist, and more qualified employees this program also prepares and encourages students for transfer to a university, where they may earn a bachelor’s or more advanced degree. 

Program Overview

Graphic Art and Design

Degrees/Awards Offered



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Graphic Art and Design

Curriculum: Program of Study

Pathway Maps: Associate in Applied Science, Short Term Certificate


Career Outlook

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