Commercial Artists & Designers
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.
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.
Learning from Industry Professionals
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.
Career Opportunities in Communication Design
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 colors, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions.
Our Students Successfully Transfer
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer hands-on learning?
Northampton’s Communication Design program offers you a well-balanced education through classroom and computer lab learning experiences under the supervision of talented and experienced instructors, in the College’s state-of-the-art facilities. This education will be critical when you enter the workforce or transfer to baccalaureate degree programs.
What are the job opportunities?
As a graduate of the Communication Design program, you can expect to find employment as a graphic designer, computer graphics artist, freelance designer, web designer, or new media designer with such employers as advertising agencies, graphic design studios, newspapers, publication companies, in-house corporate communication departments, to name a few.
What are the application requirements?
Applicants to the program should contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for general information on applying to the College.
Who should apply for this program?
- High school graduates.
- College students.
- Individuals presently employed in the communications field seeking an opportunity to upgrade current skills and knowledge.
- Individuals considering a career change.
What will I learn in the program?
- You will recognize and use the technical and aesthetic terminology of communication design.
- You will be able to create work that exhibits proficiency in both design and technical aspects of new media including print, web, motion design, and video game design.
- You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the design industries’ best-practices and theories that reflect current and historical cultural trends.
- You will understand the basic principles and practices of marketing and advertising.
- You will create a professional design portfolio (hard copy and web) and professional identity kit.
- You will be prepared for an entry-level position in communication design.
Communication Design Courses
Print / Web Track
64 total credit hours which includes 4 General Education electives** and 1 program elective.
Suggested Elective: ARTA 131, ARTA 136, ARTA 164, or ARTA256
New Media Track
67 total credit hours which includes 4 General Education electives** and 1 program elective.
Suggested Elective: ARTA240, ARTA282
** One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D). Students must take one Social Science Elective (SIT or SSHB) in a Writing Intensive (WI) section. Computer competencies and mathematics outcomes are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing and mathematics requirements for this program. **
This program requires the attendance of day classes and can not be completed taking only evening classes.
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Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020