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Graphic Design and Illustration

The Program

From paper to pixels, sketches to screens, professional graphic designers, illustrators, and multimedia artists create the images that inspire and inform today’s media savvy consumers. In the insatiable gaming industry, animators and graphic designers bring static images to life using sophisticated software applications. In businesses, they design and create nuts-and-bolts items like logos, packaging designs, and printed communications. With the variety of communication platforms and applications… the possibilities to make your mark in the visual world are endless. 

Areas of Study

Graphic Design prepares you for employment in the field of graphic communication. This program emphasizes creative application of design principles and problem solving in graphic design and communication, using both traditional and industry standard digital tools. You will learn the art of creating logos, brochure and publication design, page layout and typography for both print and interactive applications.

Illustration prepares you for work in a variety of illustration markets including narrative, sequential, editorial, advertising and concept art. You will learn to create visual interpretations of subjects, conceptualize, communicate, and refine technical skills using both traditional and digital media while preparing your portfolio.

Digital Animation prepares you for work in the expanding animation field. In this program you will explore animation concepts and gain hands-on experience using industry standard hardware and software and motion capture systems. Animation is widely used in broadcast media, gaming and simulation, motion graphics, web design, forensics, and medical technologies. As the animation industry grows, so does the need for qualified professionals.


State-of-the-Art Facilities 

  • Fully equipped Macintosh design labs with the most current software, scanning, and professional printing equipment to support all classes
  • An illustration and graphic studio with controlled lighting, storage, and workspace with drafting tables and Macintosh computers
  • Real-time active motion capture system
  • 3-D animation Macintosh lab
  • Gallery space for student and professional exhibitions


Career Opportunities

The Washington, DC, region is a major center for careers in digital arts including publishing, advertising, marketing, design, illustration, animation, web and mobile design and broadcast media. Graduates from the graphic design program at Montgomery College are working in these areas as production artists, designers, art directors, illustrators, production managers, publications specialists, animators, web designers, and company executives.

Many DC-area companies contact the Graphic Design Department for interns or entry-level positions; faculty members forward information about these opportunities to students in order to enhance their employment and career advancement prospects.  

Courses in the Graphic Design Department help you develop marketable skills, for various applications, including vocational interests, earning an associate's degree or certificate, and transfer to a four-year institution. If you are interested in any of the AAS or certificate options, please consult an academic adviser in the Media Arts & Technologies Department.


For more information, contact:

Digital Graphic Design: Patricia Johannsen / 240.567.7517
Traditional Graphic Design & Illustration:  Martha Vaughan / 240.567.7521
Interactive Technologies: Katherine Hubley / 240.567.7522

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