Courses & Programs


This program lays the foundation for a career in graphic design, printing, publishing, or advertising.

What will you learn?

Successful completion of this program will include the creation of a portfolio which is required for transfer to upper level studies leading to a BA or BFA degree. 


The portfolio, along with the experience in completing the courses, prepares the student for beginning a career in graphic design, printing, publishing, or advertising. The portfolio will include samples of graphic design basics:

  • Logo Development
  • Layout
  • Advertising Design
  • Black & White Graphics
  • Color Graphics
  • Traditional Layout
  • Computer Layout
  • Computer Imaging
  • Computer Illustration

What will you do?

Continue your education at a four-year college or university, or enter the workforce! Career options include graphic design, printing, publishing, and advertising. Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center, or at What Can I Do With This Major?

62-63 total credits

26-27 credits General Education Requirements + 21 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, approximately 20% of this degree may be completed online.

15 credits of electives


Choose four from the following:

ART 257  |  Commercial Art and Design II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ART 256 

ART 258  |  Graphic Design Production
Credits: 3
Pre- or Corequisite: ART 259  

ART 260  |  Computers for Graphic Designers II
Credits: 3
Pre- or Co-requisite: ART 259 or permission of instructor   
ART 265  |  Computers for Graphic Designers III
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ART 259

ART 266  |  Introduction To Web Design
Credits: 3
Pre- or Co-requisite: ART 259 or permission of instructor 

Choose for the the following from EMS 105, EMS 111, EMS 112, ART 266.

HUM XX1  |  Humanities Elective [C]
Credits: 3 

Visual Communication Elective  
Credits: 3 

ART XX1  |  Art Elective
Credits: 3

Suggested Electives: Select from the following electives: EMS 105, EMS 111, EMS 112, ART 266.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree