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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design, Advertising, Web and Illustration program serves high school graduates, professionals seeking to make career change or adding to their job skills and those who are seeking personal enrichment by developing their artistic talents.

Graphic Design coursework includes study in graphic design, illustration, typography, web design and advertising. Students will learn the latest in design and illustration using high-end Apple computers, illustration software and color printers.

The goal of the Graphic Design program is to help you develop skills necessary to build a portfolio that demonstrates your creative, problem-solving and verbal presentation abilities for the professional fields of graphic design, advertising and illustration.

Determine Your Path

Graduates of the Graphic Design or Interactive Media degree or certificate programs find work in advertising agencies, design studios, in-house corporate design/promotion departments or as freelancers, handling a variety of creative projects and campaigns.

Prepare for a career in graphic design or transfer to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution. College of DuPage offers:

  • Award-winning, dedicated instructors with years of professional and teaching experience. 
  • Instruction utilizing top-notch facilities, equipment and resources.
  • Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account.
  • Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention from instructors.
  • Program accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • A flexible transfer program that includes articulation agreements with Columbia College in Chicago or Robert Morris College in Chicago and Aurora. 
  • Opportunity to develop a professional portfolio that you can use to seek entrance to a baccalaureate granting institution or art school or for professional employment in a creative field.
  • An active American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student club that extends students' involvement with design through creative collaborations and student gallery shows.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Associate in Applied Science program emphasizes portfolio development through the study of principles and elements of design, typography and illustration, identity design, advertising design, web design and simulated studio work. Students gain experience in the use of traditional and digital design tools and software. 

Interactive Media

The Interactive Media Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with interdisciplinary, theoretical and application knowledge in the design, development and production of interactive media, including web-based and other emerging media, to create interactive design solutions for a variety media such as web sites, digital interfaces and applications.

Graphic Design Foundation

The Graphic Design Foundation certificate provides a foundation in the principles and elements of design, typography, drawing and illustration, using traditional and digital design tools and software.

Web Design

The Web Design certificate provides a foundation in design, principles of interactivity and the use of web-authoring software.

COD Stories

Mark Guido

"At COD, I learned that everything you design should have a story behind it. The vibrant colors of the logo I designed represent diversity, which embodies what Peaks for Purpose is all about.” - Mark Guido

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COD Stories

Srinidhi Subramanian

"Though I’m still a young adult who is finding their path each day, my two years at COD have made me realize success is subjective, and to think our paths must look like those around us is an incredible disservice to our passions, goals and creativity.” - Srinidhi Subramanian

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Samantha Ragusin

"I found out that College of DuPage offered students an opportunity to work at Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program. Not only did I receive vast new knowledge on guest service, but I was able to network and learn the Disney polices.” - Samantha Ragusin

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COD Stories

Tim Kietzman

"Regardless of what I do next, I feel encouraged when I hear from others who tell me how much they enjoyed my book. A man sent me a photo of his 9-year-old granddaughter reading it to her 7-year-old brother. That’s pretty amazing.” - Tim Kietzman

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Dianne Hlinsky

"At COD, I felt connected to a campus for the first time. I felt like I belonged at COD. I found a true family here.” - Dianne Hlinsky

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Graphic Design Careers

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Graphic Design program is to apply for admission

Our Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a timeline based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Graphic Design Program graduates will:

  • Recognize and implement design elements and principles in the development of design solutions
  • Create and develop design concepts
  • Recognize the importance of meeting needs of both client and audience when developing design solutions
  • Combine and organize type and image successfully through the application of design principles
  • Review and analyze finished designs through group critique
  • Assembling a professional portfolio for transfer or work

College of DuPage has several transfer agreements in place to help you transfer seamlessly to another graphic design institution: 

  • Columbia College
  • Robert Morris College

These agreements allow students to begin their studies at College of DuPage and complete a bachelor's degree at one of these well-respected schools. For more information visit cod.edu/transfer.

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