Graphic Design

Why Choose NPC's Graphic Design?

Are you creative with a good eye for detail? Do you have computer aptitude and the ability to communicate well? If so, these can be the groundwork for an exciting career in web graphic design.

The graphic design field is an enjoyable and rewarding area in which to work and has become an established field within the computer sciences. Film and publishing industries are no longer the only major sources of employment. Due to the ever-growing Internet, a boom in mobile device applications, gaming, and the increasingly interactive requirements of enterprises in the global marketplace, there is an exploding need for specialists in the computer graphics field.

About Our Program

The NPC Graphic Design program recognizes the increasing demand for workers in this field by offering a flexible Certificate of Proficiency (CP) incorporating web graphics in particular. When combined with the Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Web Development, NPC now offers both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Web Development and Graphic Design – combining the skills workers need in the rapidly-expanding digital world.

The courses provide foundational skills in art, drawing and basic design as well as training with software packages typically used by artists and designers who work in computer graphics. The computer science aspects of the program ensure that graduates are knowledgeable in the basic core technical competencies required to work in the field of computer information systems.

Degree/Certificate Options

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Web Development and Graphic Design (64 credit hours): In addition to 16 hours of general education credits that can transfer to other colleges and institutions, the Web Development and Graphic Design AAS features 45 hours of core requirement courses ranging from basic art design and drawing through training in photographic imaging; page layout; 2-dimensional, interactive and animated graphics; GNU Linux; foundational web development; database-driven websites, electronic commerce; and Web design technologies. Students cap their studies by creating their own portfolio of graphics and websites.

  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Web Development and Graphic Design (48 credit hours): A shortened program of study concentrating on the 42 hours of core requirement courses plus six hours of pre-selected general education English and mathematics courses.
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Commercial Graphics Fundamentals: a 12-credit course of study featuring graphics communication technology, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and layout and design.
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Graphic Design: a highly focused 18-credit series of courses that include the full range of computer graphic design essentials. Students also create their own portfolio.
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Web Development: a highly focused 18-credit series of courses that include the full range of Web development essentials, including the GNU Linux operating system, database-driven websites, e-commerce, and technologies and best practices for Web development.

      Career Opportunities

      Employment opportunities in the computer and Web graphics area are expected to grow due to the explosion of interactive media. However, competition for jobs will be keen, with an edge going to those with design training and animation experience. Median entry-level salaries in the field average about $26,000. After a few years of experience, median annual salary for computer/web graphic specialists is $46,350 a year; for Web Developers, $70,570. (Figures from US BLS May 2015)
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      University Transfer Options

      Some courses within the program may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Always work with your NPC academic adviser to ensure you are taking the right courses to meet your educational and career goals.

      Contact Us

      Pam Dominquez, Secretary to the Dean

      Career & Technical Education Division
      Silver Creek Campus -- Snowflake/Taylor
      Student Center (SNC), room 124

      (800) 266-7845, ext. 6232

      Gainful Employment

      The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

      We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


        CIS Web Development

        CIS Graphic Design

        CIS Web Development & Graphic Design


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