Graphic Design

HACC/Penn College Bachelor of Science Degree Articulation Agreement

Fuel your creative spirit

Because of the agreement between Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and Penn College, you can graduate with an associate's degree in Graphic & Interactive Design at HACC and seamlessly transfer into our Graphic Design bachelor-degree program without losing credits.

Students transfer to Penn College in pursuit of their bachelor's in Graphic Design for lots of different reasons. By far, the biggest perks are the career opportunities and room for advancement you'll enjoy once you earn your degree.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program bring added confidence, time-tested portfolios, and additional experience that puts them in the running for more job possibilities. 

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Featured Course: PHO 230 Commercial Photography

Gain hands-on experience with large-format view cameras and studio lighting techniques, visual communication and creative problem solving. You'll also learn  about studio portraits, small-product rendering, and concept illustration.

Course Credits
ART 320 Environmental Graphic Design 3
ART 361 Advanced Graphic Design for the Internet 3
ART 340 Illustration 3
CSC 124 Information, Technology and Society 3
ART 107 Visual Literacy for Designers 3
Total Credits 15


Course Credits
ART 311 Package Design 3
MTH 172 Introduction to Geometry 3
HIS 116 World History I or HIS 126 World History II 3
ENL 201 Technical and Professional Communication or ENL 121 English Composition II 3
PHO 230 Commercial Photography 3
Total Credits 15


Course Credits
ART 411 Branding 3
OEA Open Elective 3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
SCL Science Elective with Lab 4
BIM 120 Social Media in Business and Society 3
Total Credits 16


Course Credits
ART 420 Portfolio Design 3
ART 496 Senior Project 3
OEE Exploration Elective 3
SCI Elective or MTH Elective (151 or higher)*
*Course selection depends on coursework transferred from HACC.
ART 125 Art History: Ancient through 15th Century 3
Total Credits 16


Award-Worthy Work

Penn College Graphic Design students consistently win awards for their creative achievements. Check out a few of the latest. 


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2020 American Advertising Awards

A select group of students stand out on the national stage.

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Flux Student Design Competition

Sixteen design projects created by Penn College graphic design students were recognized.

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American Advertising Federation

Wildcats selected among 40,000 entries to receive gold and silver awards.

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Real-World Ready

"Although the HACC GID program is designed as a career, I highly encourage students who are looking to broaden their opportunities to transfer after two years and get their bachelor’s degree. The collaboration between HACC and four-year institutions creates an easy process of transition. Most of my students have been able to have a seamless transfer to a four-year institution, and have only found growth in their academic opportunities."  


Marjaneh Talebi, Program Director, Graphic and Interactive Design at HACC

"This is a program rooted in a pragmatic understanding and application of design. Students who come to Penn College do real design and get real jobs."


Nick Stephenson, Graphic Design Instructor

Meet Nick

The path to your dream job starts here.

Penn College graphic design graduates are making names for themselves across the nation. Some of our recent graduates are employed with Apple, Cabela’s, D. G. Yuengling & Son, Florida Panthers, Twitter and Vera Bradley. Hear from three recent grads about their Penn College experience. 

Zachary Bird

2016 graduate
Two by Four Agency
Chicago, IL

Austin Fulton

2018 graduate
Florida Panthers
Sunrise, FL

Ali Petrizzi

2020 graduate
Vera Bradley
Roanoke, IN

And There's More!

When you're real-world ready, there's no limit to how far you'll go.

Design grad’s playful work diverts minds full of worry

Design grad’s playful work diverts minds full of worry

Eliza Whyman, ’17, a designer at MediaCom in Manchester, designed and illustrated six visually appealing and puzzling brain teasers for Brits to enjoy during shelter-in-place orders.

Designing your dream job

Designing your dream job

As Senior UI/UX Designer for Blackboard, an educational technology company, Kimbr Filko applies the skills she learned at Penn College to design websites for K-12 schools.

A career as sweet as candy

A career as sweet as candy

Joe Gasparetti, a 2001 graphic design graduate, is the design manager for Mars Wrigley (They’re the people who make M&Ms!).

Graphic design alum finishes first ‘season’ with NHL team

Graphic design alum finishes first ‘season’ with NHL team

Austin Fulton, a 2018 graduate of Penn College’s graphic design major is putting his creative talents to work in the National Hockey League for the Florida Panthers.

Graphic design grad gets a ‘kick’ out of her job

Graphic design grad gets a ‘kick’ out of her job

The 2013 grapich design graduate is the creative manager and photographer for FC Dallas, one of 26 teams that comprise Major League Soccer.

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