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Iowa Western Community College

Graphic Communications Diploma

Graphic Communications Diploma

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 1 Year
Award: Diploma

Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Location(s): All Iowa Western Locations

About the Program

Sit down in our spacious Mac lab and get busy on some works of art. The Media Studies: Graphic Communications program of study provides many exciting and rewarding career opportunities for graduates.

This program is specifically designed to provide you with the skills needed to begin a career in graphic arts in printing and web development, and the basic tools needed for marketing and e-commerce. After just one year, you can earn diploma and be on your way towards an exciting and rewarding career.

Students in this program gain valuable hands-on experience by designing logos and posters for area non-profit organizations. What a great way to get experience and do something good for the community.


In graphic communication courses, you’ll spend most of your time on computers, and Iowa Western utilizes both Macs and PCs. Students enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and benefit from one-on-one interaction with instructors.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this one-year diploma. Graphic communications is a multifaceted industry, with a wide range of career opportunities. The graphic communications industry is made up of not only printers, but also publishers, packagers, papermakers, inkmakers, equipment manufacturers, and in-house design and printing departments within corporations, banks, and even department stores. This program prepares students for careers such as graphic designers, press operators, and desktop publishers, just to name a few. Of course, computers are a common element in any career choice and the skills acquired in this program will afford you many other career possibilities.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate use of analytical and problem solving skills for specific software applications.
  • Develop working knowledge of basic principles of design, color theory and typography in order to create comprehensive layouts for specific purposes(s).
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge fo essentional graphic software to achieve varied intended results.



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