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 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 related activities 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

Program Information

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.

Program Requirements

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


When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.


Course Descriptions

Gainful Employment Information

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


Contact Information

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

John Callegari
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 252A, (630) 942-3418

David Rogers
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 259A, (630) 942-3029

Gautum Wadhwa
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 275A, (630) 942-1082

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

Glenn Glinke, Program Support Specialist
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 169, (630) 942-2892

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
Charles Boone, Dean
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2047

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Jean Ruth

    Jean RuthGraphic Design

    "I’ve found that visual problem-solving by building on your strengths and being aware of your own voice, even in the commercial world, is one of the best ways to generate imaginative solutions and grow creatively."

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  • Spotlight: Jean Ruth

    Jean RuthGraphic Design

    "I’ve found that visual problem-solving by building on your strengths and being aware of your own voice, even in the commercial world, is one of the best ways to generate imaginative solutions and grow creatively."

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  • Spotlight: Dianne Hlinsky

    Dianne HlinskyGraphic Design

    I didn’t plan on being at COD for very long. But I did well in those two classes and liked it so much that I decided to take more. At COD, I felt connected to a campus for the first time. During the past year, I’ve made more of a contribution to student life and the campus community than I ever did at either of my previous schools.” 

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  • Spotlight: Cheryl Vargas

    Cheryl VargasGraphic Design

    "The Graphic Design program is so welcoming, and there’s such a feeling that we’re all in this together. Instructors stay after hours to help, we have the best in equipment and classrooms, and class offerings are constantly being updated to keep up with changing technology.”

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  • Spotlight: Mirjana Ursulesku

    Mirjana UrsuleskuGraphic Design

    "The time I spent here surpassed all my expectations. And I cannot speak highly enough about the faculty. My experience from day one has been that the faculty in this program truly want you to succeed, and they are willing to go above and beyond to help you reach your goals."

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  • Spotlight: Swati Chopra

    Swati ChopraGraphic Design

    "To anyone considering the Graphic Design program at COD, you will get the best education on par or even better than some of the four-year degree colleges and at a fraction of the cost."

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  • Spotlight: Tim Kietzman

    Tim KietzmanGraphic Design

    "At first, I could only draw stick figures, but my brother Ben advised that I should avoid drawing that way because it didn’t look appealing. So I began to practice as much as I could. I wanted to create comics that are fun and easy to write. Finally, I realized that creating comics may be fun work to do for a living."

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  • Spotlight: Pete Surges

    Pete SurgesGraphic Design

    "The teachers in the program have helped me set goals and pushed me to meet them over the years, and I can only express that I have never been happier with my life.”

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  • Spotlight: Meghan Thome

    Meghan ThomeGraphic Design

    “I believe the path I took was for a reason. College of DuPage is on par if not better than most four-year schools. Coming here was the best decision I ever made.”

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  • Spotlight: Samantha Ragusin

    Samantha RagusinGraphic Design

    "If I hadn’t attended COD, I don’t think I would have had these incredible opportunities. CMO Graphics taught me about design and how to make things look visually appealing."

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  • Spotlight: Phil Rau

    Philip RauGraphic Design

    "The instructors here know what they're talking about and they really push you to succeed."

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