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Careers to Consider: Graphic Design

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This article is part of a series spotlighting HFC academic and workforce programs leading to great careers. To view all HFC programs, visit this link.

HFC’s graphic design program provides a broad foundation, emphasizing the development of theoretical, practical, and technical skills in graphic design.

The program uses courses that build and develop skills in studio classes, focusing on print, front-end web design, and motion graphics. Electives allow added experience in related tracks, including:

  • Digital photography
  • Illustration
  • Animation

The program also uses computer applications and tools, as well as design techniques so you can develop skills to compete in the multimedia field of graphic design.

Victoria Shepherd is the lead faculty for HFC’s graphic design program.

Classes and career options

Classes include 2-D design, digital media, graphic design studio 1 and 2, typography, illustration, motion design, interactive design, and the history of graphic design.

Shepherd recommends you take ART 101: Two-Dimensional Design, ART 107: Photoshop and any General Education class in your first semester at HFC. Here is the recommended sequence of classes for the graphic design program.

We always recommend you talk to one of our friendly, expert advisors to make sure you are on the right track.

Some of your career options include:

  • Production Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Front-End Web Designer
  • Content Management Design
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Motion Designer
  • Content Developer
  • Layout Artist
  • Art Teacher

What you will learn

After graduating from this program, you should be able to:

  • Create visual communications using a range of media, both traditional and digital.
  • Use graphic design terms and methods to create and evaluate design work.
  • Understand current and historic design and understand the role of design in culture.
  • Use typography effectively in print and digital design.
  • Understand the principles and process of design. Sketch and refine early concepts and create effective solutions.
  • Effectively use industry software and equipment for print, motion, and digital projects from start to finish.
  • Develop a portfolio of projects to obtain a career position or transfer to a four-year university degree program.
  • Curate projects in a student exhibition.

Transfer agreements

According to Shepherd, official transfer agreements are in place with:

  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Oakland University

Sheperd is working on transfer agreements with other design schools. Students may transfer to any school they wish.

For questions or more information, contact Shepherd at

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