Art, A/V Technology and Communications

Art, A/V Technology and Communications


Carl Sandburg College offers two distinct Graphic Design programs to meet the needs of students with diverse career goals ranging from developing specialized skills to providing a complete two-year educational program.



The Graphic Design program is held at the 3,000 square foot CME building located on the main campus in Galesburg Illinois. Classes are also available via distance learning to our Carthage and Bushnell campuses. Students have the option of completing the two-year Associates in Applied Science or the one year Graphic Design Specialist program. Individuals that complete these programs will be able to create brochures and ads to promote products and services. They create visual designs for company reports and other print materials. No matter what, graphic designers use knowledge about layout and design principles to guide their creations. Graphic designers must be sure their work is exact. They make decisions that affect clients and coworkers on a weekly basis.


They must abide by strict deadlines on a daily basis and often repeat the same physical activities, such as drawing or using a computer mouse.


Short-term Benefits

  • Day and evening classes; lab classes; online classes
  • Small class size allows for individual attention
  • Quality education at an affordable price
  • Range of programs to meet the students needs


Long-term Benefits

  • Students will develop a “portfolio” to take with them to utilize during their job search
  • Graphic Designers are currently in high demand in the workforce as the use of the web and advertising materials continues to grow.


The Future of Graphic Design

Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 10 percent, about as fast as average for all occupations from 2006 to 2016, as demand for graphic design continues to increase from advertisers, publishers, and computer design firms. Some of this increase is expected to stem from the expansion of the video entertainment market, including television, movies, video, and made-for-Internet outlets.


Moreover, graphic designers with Web site design and animation experience will especially be needed as demand increases for design projects for interactive media—Web sites, video games, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, and other technology. Demand for graphic designers also will increase as advertising firms create print and Web marketing and promotional materials for a growing number of products and services.


In recent years, some computer, printing, and publishing firms have outsourced basic layout and design work to design firms overseas. This trend is expected to continue and may have a negative impact on employment growth for low-level, technical graphic design workers. However, most high-level graphic design jobs will remain in the U.S. Strategic design, the work of developing communication strategies for clients and firms to help them to gain competitive advantages in the market, requires close proximity to the consumer in order to identify and target their needs and interests