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Graphic Design

Graphic Design is everywhere. From the webpage on your screen, to the phone in your hands, to the box the phone came in; design influences every aspect of our daily lives. The Graphic Design Program at Lane Community College is a nationally award-winning program that will launch your graphic design career in branding, advertising, web design, illustration, page-layout, packaging design, and production for digital and print. Regardless of where you want to go with your career, Lane will give you the experience and network that you’ll need for today’s competitive job market.

Is the Graphic Design program for you?

If you want to earn a living through your creativity, the Graphic Design program at Lane is right for you! By learning to interrelate both traditional and digital skills, this program unlocks your potential as an artist and a creative. You’ll develop your organizational, communication, and problem solving skills through independent and team projects. Your eye for design and ability to communicate a message through your designs will flourish.

When you’re ready to start your graphic design career, just apply! Our Admissions office staff will guide you through the steps to enroll to get you started right. You can also contact Admissions with any questions you have about the college, to schedule a tour of the campus, or just to say hello. If you’re not ready to apply today, you can request more information on the program and we’ll get in touch to make a plan that works for you.

What will you learn in the Graphic Design program?

As a student in the Graphic Design Program, you’ll learn both the theory and production of graphic design. You’ll be a member of an inclusive, close-knit cohort, where team-building skills are enhanced and strong bonds are formed. In our classes, you’ll learn branding, advertising, web design, illustration, page-layout, packaging design, and production for digital and print media. In addition, you will:

  • design a variety of graphic materials including advertising, corporate identity, publications, packaging, signage, marketing, and the internet.
  • create effective, visually appealing communications.
  • become well-versed in art, communication and marketing principles
  • learn to research and solve design problems
  • learn commercial art creation and illustration
  • learn type design, page layout, and typography
  • be able to create a corporate identity, logo design and branding
  • be proficient in Image manipulation and editing of raster images in Photoshop
  • demonstrtate vector and line art creation and editing through Adobe Illustrator
  • design and lay out pages using Adobe InDesign

Graphic design requires you to be a well-rounded designer; with the ability to work with many different mediums to create successful designs that effectively communicate your message. Each project in the Graphic Design program will help you grow as a designer and develop your ability to address the design world head on.

While a student in the Graphic Design program, you’ll have access to the entire Adobe Creative Suite in our labs on campus. As a student, you’ll also be able to take advantage of student pricing to install the Adobe Creative Suite at home.

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What can you do next?

Graduates of the Graphic Design Program at Lane have a very high placement rate of 70-80% into full-time jobs. While some students choose to pursue a four-year degree at a university, most get work right out of the two-year program at Lane. Many have gone on to become senior designers, creative directors, art directors, or have started their own firms. Even in tough economic times, employers always need someone who can make their message stand out. Trained designers are always in demand.

Personal attention from engaging faculty

The core graphic design courses are limited to a maximum of 24 students. Instructors get to know you, and they provide you with the personal attention required to help you finish the program successfully. Our attentive faculty have real world experience, and they bring those experiences to the classroom.

Get to know the Graphic Design faculty and advisors

The faculty and advisors for the program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree. And if you’re planning on transferring to a four-year school they can help you take the classes you need to count towards your bachelor's degree.

  • Thomas Madison
    Program Faculty Lead
  • Meredith Keene
    Faculty Member
  • Judy Gates
    Academic Advisor

Get real world work experience

Employers are interested in more than just your degree. It’s important that you’re able to show that you have relevant, real-world work experience, which will help you develop and enhance your portfolio. While in the graphic design program, you’ll be required to complete six credits worth of cooperative education courses. Our Cooperative Education department partners with local businesses and organizations to provide internships for students in graphic design. Some students even continue to paid employment at their internship sites!

Your classroom projects will also mirror tasks you’ll do in your future career, like working on our student-run, award winning graphic design magazine, The Bleed. You can also apply for on-campus student employment with our Printing and Graphics department or the Design and Media Center, our student staffed graphic design agency.

Stackable Credentials

With just a few more classes, you can stack additional certificates on top of your Graphic Design degree to stand out even further from the crowd.

Multimedia Design

If you’re interested in video production, audio production, digital photography, or animation, with just seven more courses you can add the Multimedia Design Certificate to your degree! Design happens in many formats, and this certificate will help prove to employers that you’re a capable designer no matter the project. Through courses in computer animation, audio production, digital photography, and video production, you’ll gain the skills necessary to create dynamic and interactive works. Sound like the program for you? Learn more.

Web Design

If you’re ready to take your web design skills to the next level, consider adding the Web Design Certificate! On top of the design skills you’ll learn as part of the Graphic Design program, adding just six more classes will provide you with the instruction needed to become a frontend developer. Additional coursework in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS will prepare you to not only design web pages, but to implement them. To add this certificate, talk to the program coordinator.

View the Graphic Design Career Pathways Roadmap

State of the art facilities

The Media Arts facilities were completely remodeled in 2018. Open, inviting spaces give you a place to collaborate with peers, meet with instructors, or rest between classes. New labs, featuring large screen iMacs, 27 inch Wacom Cintiq tablets, scanners, printers, and a fully programmable laser cutter provide you professional quality, industry standard tools. Stop by the second floor of Building 18 to see why many students call this their new home on campus.

An Award Winning Program

Lane’s Graphic Design Program is nationally recognized. All students in the program participate in a capstone project, The Bleed, a 52-page student produced annual magazine about art and design. In 2016, The Bleed was honored with the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, the highest award achievable in North America for editorial design. In addition, the Bleed received third place for Best of Show at the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. for that year.

The Bleed was also a finalist for the Pacemaker Award in 2017, and an individual student design within the 2017 Bleed Magazine received 2nd place for the ACP Design of the Year Award.

The Bleed, Volume 7 The Bleed, Volume 8

Applying to the Graphic Design program

In order to ensure every student in the program is able to receive the individual attention and meaningful critiques that they deserve, admission to the second year of the graphic design program is selective. Learn more about the application process.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, First Year Experience and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court, located at our downtown campus. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

The Arts at Lane

The Graphic Design program is part of the Media Arts Department, which is part of the Arts Division at Lane Community College. The Arts Division at Lane embraces a culture of inclusivity, respect, academic excellence, and student success, where you’ll explore your creative interests and enhance your academic and life skills.

Learn more about the Performing Arts, Studio Arts, Art History, and Media Arts departments at Lane, and discover how you can grow as an arts student at Lane. The Media Arts department also works with the Torch, the student newspaper, providing additional opportunities to work in both journalism and page design. The Arts division is also home to the Lane Art Gallery, exhibiting both student and faculty work, as well as locally known and nationally renowned artists.