Advertising + Graphic Design

Advertising + Graphic Design

The future belongs to those who are able to solve problems with courageous creativity. Central Piedmont's in-depth, two-year professional preparation Advertising + Graphic Design program will prepare you to go directly into the job market with an Associate in Applied Science degree. Our curriculum is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be one of the next creative leaders in our community.

What You Will Learn

You'll learn to design advertising and corporate communications of all types — newspaper and magazine ads, brochures, booklets, company logos and letterheads, product packaging, posters, outdoor billboards, and much more. This thorough course of study and practice covers all the necessary specialized skills. It ranges from illustration to computer design, from copy-writing to psychology, from typography to photography, to preparing your work for printing or broadcast. When you complete the program you'll have a professional-quality portfolio filled with your best work. It will demonstrate to potential employers your design skills, your understanding of the advertising and graphic design marketplace, and your ability to work successfully in it.

Graduates of the advertising and graphic design program are prepared for employment within the creative industries sector, including graphic design firms, advertising agencies, marketing communications and in-house creative groups. Students are prepared to think conceptually and design visual communication materials such as ads, brand identity systems, print materials, and interactive media.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our advertising and graphic design program ensures you get hands-on experience via cooperative education (co-op) — to complete the degree, you will be required to do a co-op during one of your last couple of semesters. Cooperative education provides employers with well-trained students seeking work experience for college credit. Internships offer flexibility in length and design.

As an advertising and graphic design student at Central Piedmont, you will also have the opportunity to participate in theCurious, the program's student organization. TheCurious meetings feature a different activity each meeting, from hands-on workshops to outside speakers, field trips, and even portfolio enhancing projects such as freelance opportunities.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science or a specialized certificate in advertising and graphic design. The college catalog details the advertising and graphic design program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer advertising and graphic design course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Advertising and Graphic Design Program Requirements

    To complete the associate degree, you will be required to complete a co-op (WBL course) during one your last semesters. For detailed information on advertising and graphic design course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    Recommended Associate Degree Progression

    Typical completion time for the Associate in Applied Science in advertising and graphic design is two years, or four semesters (spring and fall). You are encouraged to enroll in the required general education courses during the summer, as advertising and graphic design degree courses are not offered in the summer.

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)
    • Online

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Careers in Advertising and Graphic Design

    Due to the rapid growth of computer design, there are tremendous opportunities for graduates of our advertising and graphic design program in corporate design departments, advertising agencies, design firms, newspapers, and magazines. These industries are looking for talented, skilled visual artists who can develop advertising ideas and produce designs that will sell a client's products or services. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed advertising and graphic design career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

    Gainful Employment

    Federal education regulations (34 CFR668.6(b)(2)) require colleges to provide specific information about programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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