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Graphic Design

Every successful business uses the services of advertising agencies, graphic designers and illustrators to promote and inform in today's global economy. 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.

Recent studies indicate that the outlook for advertising, graphic design and interactive media is excellent. The field is considered to be one of the top 25 occupational choices.

Major Employment Areas

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Illustrator
  • Senior Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Computer Artist


Graphic Design

Marketability is determined by the creativity and quality of work exhibited in the graduate's portfolio. The Graphic Design program at College of DuPage guides students toward building a successful portfolio. The program serves high school graduates, persons seeking to make career changes, professionals who are upgrading or adding to their job skills, and those who seek personal enrichment by developing their artistic talents.

Students who complete an Associate in Applied Science degree can seek immediate employment or can continue their education by taking advantage of articulation agreements with Columbia College in Chicago or Robert Morris College in Chicago and Aurora. 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.

Graphic Design coursework includes study in graphic design, illustration, typography, web design and advertising. Great facilities such as Macintosh-equipped computer design studios, with the latest design and illustration software and color printers, allow students to develop professional quality portfolios. With great curriculum, award-winning teachers and great facilities, Graphic Design is among the best in community college graphic design programs in the Midwest.

Interactive Media

The Interactive Media 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.


Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.


Contact Information

Gautam Wadhwa, Program Chair
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 257A
Phone: (630) 942-2082

Brian Blevins
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 255A
Phone: (630) 942-3415

Jenny Chen, Laboratory Assistant
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 250A
Phone: (630) 942-3158

Lisa Saltiel, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), BIC 2E07B
Phone: (630) 942-3303

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
Phone: (630) 942-2048