This major prepares students for employment in advertising art and related fields. Students develop skills in drawing, designing, illustrating, color, typesetting, layout, computer graphics, and proper use of tools, equipment and materials. Related courses in photography, and graphic communications, as well as courses in English, mathematics and science, increase the student's career opportunities.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Production designer, layout artist, print production coordinator, and project manager. Students may also elect to complete a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for desktop publishers was $42,350 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $71,280.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers||4,370||$19.71||$41,000|
|Printing and Related Support Activities||1,190||$20.09||$41,790|
|Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services||390||$24.82||$51,620|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||380||$23.51||$48,890|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||300||$24.09||$50,120|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Penn College has state-of-the-art facilities with an abundance of current computer technology for training in design and production. Along with computer skills we feel it is important to continue to educate students to use their hands in disciplines such as design, drawing, painting, and photography. This process provides a tactual and perceptive approach to visual problem solving. Using traditional media provides direct and physical engagement; the process requires a necessary interval for the development of concept, image, techniques, and evaluation.
Students become involved in a process that nurtures creativity and stimulates conceptual performance. The freshman, foundation year focuses on developing students’ visual thinking and hand skills. In subsequent years, students concentrate on applied art courses directed toward design and production in many media.
The art faculty encourage students in the objective pursuit of excellence. Individualized critiques provide structure for the creative process and are essential to the ultimate quality of the artwork.
Students are encouraged to attend exhibitions and artists’ talks as part of their education. The Department and College promote exhibitions at the resident gallery.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Advertising Art/Studio Art/Graphic Design Advisory Committee
- Mr. Mark Anderman, President/Owner, The Wild Studio
- Sister Alma Mary Anderson, CSC, Professor, Graphic Design, Indiana State University
- Ms. Nancy A Ciolek, Chairperson, Graphic Design Dept., Rochester Institute of Technology
- Mr. Ric Jones, Creative Director, MoJo Active
- Mr. Dan Rowland, President/Owner/Director, Rowland Creative
- Mr. John Saal, '00, Principal, Untuck Design Studio
- Mr. Ryan Starr, '00, Senior Designer, Universal Health Services
- Ms. Marjaneh Talebi, Director, Graphic Design Program, Harrisburg Area Community College
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.