Computer Graphics Certificate
Graphic designers use computer software to develop the layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, web sites and other print and electronic pieces. They also may produce promotional displays and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive company logos for products and businesses, and develop signage systems-called environmental graphics-for business and government.
Please refer to the catalog for curriculum requirements
FCC offers a 25-26 credit certificate program which offers students instruction and hands-on experience in the tools and techniques needed to build a design portfolio. Students work with the industry-standard hardware and software including Quark XPress, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PhotoShop.
On The Job
Completion of the program prepares students for entry-level positions with independent graphics firms, or in corporate design departments. Duties may include:
- Designing corporate identity systems, packaging materials, fliers, and programs
- Designing and coordinating production of publications such as magazines and newsletters
- Coordinating printing jobs through delivery
Skills You Need
- Creative thinking
- Ability to accept input and criticism
- Versatility and flexibility
- Desire to help clients meet their goals
- Communication and research skills
- Creatively solve print graphics design problems
- Possess research skills to produce an informed design appropriate to client needs
- Proficiency in use of current industry standard software
- Demonstrate responsibilities associated with professional behaviors
- Demonstrate overall craftsmanship of design
Growth Potential & Estimated Salaries
Demand for graphic designers is expected to increase. Entry level salaries in the Frederick area range from $27,000 - $30,000, and rise with increased experience and responsibilities. Top salaries will be available in the major metropolitan areas.
Take it from an FCC Computer Graphics Graduate…
"My decision to take classes at FCC after a 10 year hiatus from college proved to be the best thing I could have ever done to reenter the workplace. Not only did I learn the essential skills on the latest equipment; get professional, real world advice from top notch instructors; and make valuable design connections in the community; I also enjoyed the inspiring and challenging creative atmosphere. If it had not been for the skills and connections I acquired during my time at FCC, I am positive I would not have obtained the position I now have. FCC proves to be a challenging, creative, comfortable atmosphere for all types of students, whether you are a 35-year-old returning to work like myself, or a young student just entering college."
Financial AssistanceFCC provides a tuition payment plan. Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships, the following is available for computer graphic students:
- Arts & Visual Communication Scholarship
Program manager Lisa Sheirer is a degreed professional designer with many years of experience. Adjunct faculty are professionals from local design studios and are dedicated to helping you reach your career goals. Expect small class sizes, integrated classroom and field work experience and a flexible day/evening class schedule.
Contact Lisa Sheirer at 301.846.2637.