Designers are creative thinkers & visual problem solvers who create graphic solutions. NCC offers talented students a solid education in the elements and principles of design, editorial design layout, typographic design, photography, web design, 3D computer animation and motion graphics. The curriculum prepares students with real-world, hands-on projects that address current industry trends and needs.
Graphic designers prepare artwork for many purposes, from video game design to web animation or print media. The designer’s process is a fascinating one, involving analyzing, brainstorming, and developing concepts that are “outside the box” and address the client’s needs to market to a target audience in a visually compelling way. NCC invites students to sink their teeth into the hands-on learning and well-balanced education they’ll receive through classroom and laboratory learning experiences.
Communication Design students exhibit their creative designs in Communications Hall and on the NCC Art Department web site. A portfolio review is the capstone experience in the Communication Design program. During this portfolio review, students have an opportunity to showcase their digital portfolios to professionals in the communication design industry in the Lehigh Valley.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions. Most of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of graphic designers is projected to increase by 13 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Career Potential: Assistant Art Director, Computer Graphic Artist, Newspaper/Magazine layout, Package Design, Pre-Press Technician, Illustrator, Web Designer, Corporate Communications Designer
NCC Communication Design graduates have transferred to:
- Cedar Crest College
- Kuztown University
- Moravian College
- School of Visual (NYC)
- Pratt Institute (NYC)
- Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Philadelphia)
- University of the Arts (Philadelphia)
- Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Georgia)
- Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida)
- Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)
- Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)