Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

Graphic Design

(HEGIS: 5499)

A.S. Degree

Visual appearance can create instant perceptions about people, organizations, and products. Those perceptions, valid or not, often affect your behavior toward people, organizations, and products. Graphic designers are artists charged with creating visual images, be it a corporate logo, a company web site, a College catalog, or a candy’s colorful wrapper.

The field changes daily with the expanding use of computers in design, giving graphic artists an exciting array of challenges. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2008-2018, as demand for graphic design continues to increase from advertisers and computer design firms."

Our program responds to technological demands and realities. You will be exposed to a variety of courses in design and computers.

Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)


A.S., requirements, career options

Career Opportunities

The A.S. degree prepares you for a career in a design studio, creative agency, or an organization’s communications office. Responsibilities include creating visual materials such as brochures, magazines, advertisements, and electronic publications. Some of the firms that have hired graphic design graduates include Cornell University, Industrial Color Labs, Marietta Corporation, Metrodesign Associates, Porous Materials, Inc., Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY, The Thomas Group, and Vision Art Photo.

Transfer Options

Graduates have transferred to many four-year colleges and universities including:

  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hartwick College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • The College of St. Rose
  • Syracuse University

For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.

Program Chair

Christine Shanks
Assistant Professor (Graphic Design)

Contact Admissions about this program