About Our Program

Graphic Design

Graphic designers are people who like to be creative, can sketch and communicate ideas, and enjoy seeing their designs in everyday applications. The Digital and Graphic Arts program at HFC is designed to foster your ability to communicate ideas visually and creatively for a multitude of purposes and platforms. We offer students the skills required for entry-level design positions, as well as certificates in illustration and animation. Our program will provide you with confidence in your work; the ability to design professionally for print, web, and motion; and the skills necessary to gain employment or transfer to a four-year college/university design program!

We offer courses in print, front-end web design, motion graphics, digital photography, illustration, and animation. You will gain experience using software and equipment used in the industry, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. If you are motivated, you may be able to obtain internships at well-known agencies such as Team Detroit and Yazaki.

If you are interested in the Digital and Graphic Arts program, contact program director Victoria Shepherd at 313-845-6487 or vashepherd@hfcc.edu.


Illustration is one of the two certificate programs offered within the Digital and Graphic Arts program. It is based in art foundations and continues through to digital illustration. You will sharpen your drawing and painting skills, then move into painting in Photoshop and creating vector graphics.


The Animation certificate program provides you with introductory to intermediate training in animation, character design, story telling and 3D model building. This program is designed to supplement your graphic design skills or serve as a basis for further study at a four-year college/university.

Interested in our Program?

  • Student work gallery

    Each semester, there is a gallery show spotlighting graduating students' artwork.

  • Graphic Design student co-ops design the print publication of the Looking Glass, HFC's literary arts magazine.
  • 9.8% employment growth

    for graphic designers

  • $63,970 average salary

    for multi-media careers that may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

  • $22.55 hourly wage

    median pay for graphic designers according to Bureau of Labor Statistics that may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

  • Professional digital equipment

Student Testimonials

  • Emily Ruda

    Henry Ford College was the perfect stepping stone for my education. The Graphic Design program has great teachers and a fantastic leader, Vicki Shepherd. I joined the student-run newspaper, "The Mirror News," where my graphic design skills landed me a job as layout assistant. The newspaper's creative team also had a side project. I was assigned lead designer for "The Looking Glass" and I couldn't have done it without the skills I learned from this program.

  • Joe Fraga

    Graphic Designer

    Yazki Student Madonna College

    The Graphic design program at Henry Ford College was a great learning experience. The program is structured to develop each student’s skill-set both creatively and technically. I really appreciated the focus on the creative process from start to finish and the demand for quality work for each and every project. What I have learned from the program has helped me become a better graphic designer. My portfolio helped me obtain a great long term co-op and a sizable scholarship to continue my education.

  • Jerry Moore

    Jerry Moore

    Freelance Designer, Sirrus Radio

    I loved how the Graphic Design program started to shape into a more career-driven program; we learned the most from critiquing each other’s work. My last semester in the HFC Graphic Design program was amazing. I built up my portfolio and showed it to my friends, family, and peers, and I had my digital art displayed in the show. It was a great way to show everyone my passion.

Featured Courses


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Name Credentials Email
Victoria Shepherd
FT Faculty - Graphic Design
B.S., Eastern Michigan University*; M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design vashepherd@hfcc.edu
Leisia Duskin
Art - Adjunct Faculty
B.F.A., College for Creative Studies laduskin@hfcc.edu
Nahed Jaber
Art - Adjunct Faculty
B.F.A., Wayne State University*; M.A., Michigan State University* najaber@hfcc.edu
Karen Larson-Voltz
Art - Adjunct Faculty
A.A., Henry Ford College; B.F.A., Wayne State University; M.F.A., Chicago Art Institute kavoltz@hfcc.edu