Associate in Applied Science
Explore the wide range of graphic communications career opportunities. Classes give students a balance of hands-on technical skills and practical knowledge that employers are looking for. This associate degree can be completed as a full or part-time student. Options are available to transfer to 4-year schools and complete a bachelor's degree in graphic communications. Graphic Communications is the program for you if you want to learn about image editing, web page development production workflows, 3d modeling, and animation. Our program will prepare you for a wide range of careers to choose from.
modeling and animation are two of the many skills you’ll explore.
Earn while you learn. The Graphic Communications program prepares you to earn income in the graphics field while pursuing your degree. Gain real-world experience in the fast-paced worlds of signage, screen printing, packaging, and publishing.
Students will study skills that are in high demand by local and national employers. If students desire a bachelor’s degree all classes can be transferred to several four-year universities.
Network with students and employers in the graphic communications field through work-study activities.
Production Artist, Graphic Designer, Brand Identity Designer, Web Designer (front-end), Interactive Designer, Animator, Production Supervisor
if Full Time
61 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2011 (Psychology) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor’s in Psychology New Business Development Manager, Natural Fiber Welding 2021 ICC Alumnus of the Last Decade Award Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job: After graduating from ICC and then Bradley, I completed two years of AmeriCorps volunteer service through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation…
ICC Class of 2019 (Music) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor ‘s in Music Freelance accompanist/collaborative pianist I was originally planning to earn an English degree, but after taking an American music history course under Larry Harms, I fell in love with music and switched my area of study. Along with music theory and ear training, I took applied piano…
An ICC Family Celebration for Father & Son
Looking to aim high, Michael recently earned the ultimate head start in his education and career. In May, Michael earned his associate degree from ICC and graduated from high school simultaneously, all at the age of 17. ICC and the Dual Degree program made this incredible milestone possible. Michael said, “Before joining this program, I didn’t even know how seriously…
ICC Class of 2011 (Culinary Arts) Director, Food and Nutrition Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. A close friend of mine got me interested in pursuing my culinary degree at ICC. She would talk about all the amazing foods she made during lab classes and often…
With a degree in graphic communications, you can pursue a career while working in the industry and avoid the associated debt of a four-year degree.John Baggett, Professor
How Do I Get Into the Graphic Communications Program?
Enter the world of Graphic Communications without taking on a world of debt. Picture your career here. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Student success advisors are available to help.
- Being a talented artist is not required to find a great career in the graphic communications field.
What Can I Expect As a Graphic Communications Student?
- ICC has transfer partnerships for the Graphic Communications Associate in Applied Science degree with Illinois State University, Western Illinois University, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
- Skills and knowledge in digital photography, 3D modeling and animation, vinyl graphics design, print layouts, production skills, and more.
- Understanding of software programs like Autodesk Maya, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and more.
- Knowledge of graphics business skills such as press operation, estimating, wide format printing, screen printing, and web page design.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.