Graphic Design & Production

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Delivery: A mix of daytime and evening courses.
Start: Fall or Spring: Full- or Part-Time.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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About the Program

The Graphic Design & Production Program at Century College prepares students to use a creative design process to develop ideas into clear and purposeful communication that informs, markets and promotes. Using a hands-on approach, students develop the skills and confidence to take a variety of publications from concept to finished product. Projects include corporate identity, packaging, publishing, advertising, signage, and information graphics.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers (VCC) area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career once you have completed the degree. Although the A.A.S. degree is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education and liberal arts courses typically do transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

  • Express your unique vision to design and produce marketing projects from concept to completion.
  • Interpret client needs to design logos, illustrations, animations, photography, and product packaging for dynamic visual communications.
  • Showcase your abilities alongside other creative individuals while creating a professional portfolio.
  • Career Focus: Prepared for immediate employment and further education with a professional portfolio.

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $219.95, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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Potential Job Titles

Student working on an iMac during class.
  • Graphic Designer*
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Artist
  • Prepress Technician
  • Production Designer

*39.5% of workers in this area have an associate degree or less, and 60.5% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Salary Data

Graphic Designers*
Average Wage: $28.24/hour
Top Earners: $41.00/hour

*Wages listed are for a variety of experience and education levels.

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -

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