Why Study Graphic Design?

Graphic Designers work in every corner of our planet, every place where people interact with information—on our devices, in our experiences, in print, and more—graphic designers have been involved in creating engaging visual experiences. Whether it’s creating games for entertainment or education, user experiences for apps, signage, or book and poster design, a graphic designer has had a hand in the process. Students who complete the degree will learn software programs and design principles to help them communicate effectively through theory and form. They will learn to evaluate and analyze visual art using industry terminology and create a portfolio for use in the workforce or future studies.

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Degree Tracks & Course Sequence

Associate of Applied Science (AS): Graphic Design

  • Animation and Interactive Media Track
  • Visual Communication Track


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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

The AAS degree in Graphic Design has two tracks available: Animation and Interactive Media and Visual Communication to prepare for further study and to develop a portfolio for positions in a wide range of careers. The job outlook for digital design and animation is growing. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics site for multimedia artists and digital designers to learn more.


Students have had internships with RCC’s Strategic Marketing Department along with local Design and Print Studios and Art Galleries. Students are also connected with local organizations and departments within RCC for Applied and Service Learning projects where they gain valuable industry experience. Some course include COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) projects where students develop experience along with global competencies that are highly valuable in today’s workplace.

Job Roles

Graphic Designer, Animator, Storyboard Artist, Background Artist, Motion Graphics Artist, UX/UI (User Experience/User Interface) Design, Product Design, Interaction Design, Information Graphics Design, Game Design, AR / VR design, Art Director, and Project Manager


Graphic designers work in-house or as free-lancers for various market sectors, as well as for digital design agencies. Industries can range from entertainment and education, to pharmaceutical and health and science, and many sectors in between. Every market sector and business needs graphic design for branding, marketing, and more.


Graphic Designer

$68,260 NYS Average
National Average $58,370 annually

Special Effects Artists and Animators

$98,770 NYS Average
National Average $88,080 annually

Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers

$84,110 NYS Average
National Average $85,490 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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