Multimedia, Graphic Design and Illustration

Move Mountains! Design your Career!

Are you looking for a high-demand career that will allow you to inspire and captivate people around the world? Begin your journey at ACC in our Multimedia, Graphic Design and Illustration program. Your courses will include both lecture and lab participation involving design theory, typography, production, advertising, and portfolio development while learning and utilizing the latest design software. Your curriculum plan includes electives to allow you to further explore areas of design like illustration and web design. You'll learn to use graphic design to create memorable images, campaigns, posters, websites, films and more in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Our faculty will help you develop a portfolio for a career using multimedia, graphic design, and illustration skills. Your A.A.S. degree will open up a wide range of opportunities in the professional world, from advertising to web design and everything in between.

Learning Outcomes

Our program addresses the top learning outcomes identified by graphic designers in a survey completed by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the premier professional organization of the industry. Upon successful completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Multimedia, Graphic Design and Illustration, you will be able to:

  • Create and develop a visual response to communication problems, including: understanding of hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images
  • Solve communication problems, including: identifying the problem, researching, analysis, solution generating, prototyping, user testing and outcome evaluation
  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of issues related to the cognitive, social, cultural, technological and economic contexts for design
  • Respond to audience contexts recognizing physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions
  • Understand and utilize tools and technology of the trade
  • Be flexible, nimble and dynamic in practice

When enrolled in our program, you will benefit from:

  • Personal, hands-on training on Macintosh™ computers
  • State-of-the-art computer labs
  • Instruction in Adobe InDesign®, Illustrator®, Photoshop®, Dreamweaver™, Animate™, Premiere and After Effects
  • Professional training in traditional illustration
  • An excellent education in the basics
  • Practical course work in graphic design production
  • Internship opportunities
  • Challenging curriculum
  • Studies relevant to today’s market needs
  • Strong emphasis on design fundamentals, theory and conceptual work
  • Balanced, real-world education

ACC graduates have careers in:

  • Advertising specialties production
  • Television (print collateral support)
  • Small and mid-size design firms
  • Freelance graphic and web design
  • In-house corporate design departments
  • Advertising agencies

ACC graduates have continued their studies at:

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
  • University of Colorado Film School