From T-shirts to billboards, graphic design surrounds us. In this hands-on program, students learn what the pros know about design, including digital photo manipulation and computer illustration. Topics include the principles of design, Web design, typography and color theory. Students learn using industry-standard hardware and software. Students will develop their portfolios through projects including logos, business packages, brochures, newsletters and billboards and websites.
About the Career
Graphic designers color the world. They are in demand by many companies to craft publications, posters, logos, websites and other visual elements.
The median salary in 2016 for graphic designers was $47,640.
Web developers create attractive, easy-to-navigate websites, and the need for web developers could increase 22 percent by 2022.
The median salary in 2016 for web developers was $66,130 per year.
Videographers capture images and edit them for many formats, such as movies, commercials, websites and social media.
The median salary in 2016 for video editors and camera operators was $59,040.
(Salaries from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Graduates find careers in advertising and public relations, printing, newspaper, publishing, computer system design and some manufacturing companies.
Offerings for Graphic Arts
The College of the Mainland Graphic Arts Program prepares students for success at a fraction of the cost of private institutions.
Students may apply for COM scholarships, and eligible students may also receive federal financial aid and grants. Call 409-933-8274 to see if you qualify for financial aid. For scholarships, call 409-933-8508 or visit www.com.edu/scholarships.
From a Student
“I am where I am because of the college and its instructors. In 1989 the college gave me the courage to pursue a career in graphic design. In 2005 the college again provided me with the motivation and skill to finish my associate degree and find a ‘day job’ with Texas A&M University.”