Program Highlights

Instructor working with students in our Mac lab

Parkland offers six tracks in the graphic design and interactive design programs:

  • AFA in Art & Design (Graphic Design Focus) 
    This transfer degree is designed for students who wish to earn a Bachelor's degree at a four-year institution. By special arrangement with the University of Illinois and Illinois State University, students who complete this degree at Parkland can transfer to either school as a junior majoring in graphic design. Students who wish to pursue this "2+2" arrangement should consult with the Graphic Design Program Director for advisement. Course work includes 32 hours in general education courses, 22 hours in foundation art studio courses, and 9 hours of graphic design courses.
     
  • AAS in Graphic Design 
    The traditional Graphic Design degree is recommended for students interested in producing creative visual communication for print and web. Course work includes 45 hours of graphic design, web design and related courses plus 18 hours of general education courses.
     
  • AAS in Interactive Design 
    The Interactive Design degree is recommended for tech-savvy students interested in creating dynamic user experiences (UX) for websites and devices. The program prepares students for careers in marketing communication, web design, web development and related fields. Course work includes 50 hours of graphic design, web design and digital media courses plus 15 hours of general education courses.
     
  • Interactive Design Certificate
    The Interactive Design Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other web development tools. Students will learn the practical side of developing "front end" user experiences (UX) for websites and devices. The certificate program stresses technical competency and prepares students to manage a small business or community service organization website. Students will build a diverse portfolio of digital media projects for screens. 
     
  • Digital Illustration Certificate
    This certificate program is ideal for students who enjoy drawing and art creation using traditional media, but would like to add digital tools to their skill set. Students will learn the practical side of creating original art using digital tools while building a portfolio of editorial illustrations, concept art, technical illustrations, and animation. The certificate program stresses digital media software proficiency, a thorough understanding of design principles, and visual problem solving. Graduates are employed in in-house corporate art departments, illustration studios, and as freelancers.
     
  • Print Production Certificate
    The Print Production certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of graphic arts software. Students will learn the practical side of preparing digital press-ready files for efficient output while gaining practical experience creating posters, brochures, newsletters, and other printed materials. The certificate stresses Macintosh computer proficiency and a thorough understanding of various commercial printing processes. Graduates are employed in printing facilities and in-house corporate art departments as pre-press operators, print production specialists, or production assistants.