Graphic Design Technology - Associate of Applied Science

This program trains students for entry-level work in the graphic design field. Graphic designers combine conceptual and critical thinking with software skills to visually communicate messages to their target audiences. They produce a wide array of products, from traditional printed materials such as magazines and brochures to interactive website designs. The Graphic Design Technology Program teaches students to use their artistic instincts to complete real, deadline-driven projects using state-of-the-art editing software. Students graduate with a professional portfolio showcasing their work. Our graduates work for a variety of employers including advertising businesses, publishers, and product manufacturers.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Create logos, websites, brochures and more
Apply their artistic talents to marketing projects
Creatively solve problems using advanced design software

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 65*
Average Length: 2.7 Years
Average Salary: $40,360*
Graduation Retention Rate: 60%*

Possible Careers

Graphic designer
Layout artist
Logo designer
User interface designer
Creative director
Book cover designer

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

George Gibeau
Electronic Media, Graphic Design & Networking
Department Chair


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