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2018-2019 Catalog Year
Graphic Communications
Associate of Applied Science

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WNC’s Graphic Communications program is designed for students who want quick access to career fields involving print design, web design, multimedia, digital video, and animation.

Salary: $29,070–$46,220 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: Average Growth

Good To Know: Opportunities are highest for graphic designers with knowledge of website design and animation.


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications will provide employment-related knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the graphic communications field. The degree will meet educational criteria for employment and prepare the student for possible transfer to other colleges and universities to meet higher educational and professional goals.

Student Outcomes:

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Communications graduates are expected to:

  • Apply technical skills in current design technologies.
  • Identify and apply design concepts.
  • Develop a portfolio of work demonstrating design skills
  • The combination of student learning outcomes for this program and general education prepares students to meet the WNC Institutional Student Learning Outcomes.

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements42 Units (Credits)

ART 100Visual Foundations3
ART 101Drawing I3
GRC 103Introduction to Computer Graphics3
GRC 109Color and Design3
GRC 144Electronic Layout and Typography3
GRC 156Design with Illustrator3
GRC 175Web Design I3
GRC 179Multimedia Design and Production I3
GRC 183Design with Photoshop3
GRC 188Web Animation I3
GRC 275Web Design II3
GRC 283Electronic Imaging3
GRC 294Professional Portfolio3
Choose 3 units from the following:
ART 124 Beginning Printmaking3
ART 135 Photography I3
ART 141 Introduction to Digital Photography I3
ART 160 Art Appreciation3
ART 211 Ceramics I3
ART 216 Sculpture I3
ART 231 Painting I3
ART 245 Digital Media I3
ART 260 Survey Art History I3
ART 261Survey of Art History II

General Education Requirements18 Units (Credits)

English/Communications Requirement6
Human Relations Requirement
PSY or SOC recommended
Mathematics Requirements3
Science Requirement3
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements3

Suggested Course Sequence

Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.

1st Year

First Semester: 15 Credits

ART 100 3
ART 101 3
General Ed Courses 3
GRC 103 3
GRC 109 3

Second Semester: 15 Credits

General Ed Courses 6
GRC 144 3
GRC 156 3
GRC 183 3

2nd Year

Third Semester: 15 Credits

General Ed Courses 6
GRC 175 3
GRC 188 3
GRC 283 3

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

General Ed Courses 3
GRC 179 3
GRC 275 3
GRC 294 3
Program Elective 3