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Graphic Design

Prepare for a Career in Graphic Design

You’ve finally decided to own your dream of becoming a graphic designer. Nearly every graphic design hopeful has asked the same question: Is a graphic design degree worth it?

Strong opportunities for personal and career advancement in the graphic arts exist at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Plus, FM has some of the lowest tuition rates in-state and robust transfer agreements and dual-admission programs with four-year colleges if you choose to continue your education beyond a certificate or two-year degree. Meanwhile, you could save up to $90,000 over the first two years with our low tuition and generous financial aid packages.

FM’s Digital Communications and Transmedia program teaches students to communicate across a variety of media platforms, from traditional graphic communication and design concepts to digital workflows and software tools for social media audiences. The 1,200-square-foot Perella Gallery is one of the pre-eminent exhibition spaces in the region, hosting work by student and local artists, as well as national and internationally known artists.

Here’s why an aspiring artist should consider an FM degree:

1. Often one of the first things a hiring manager looks for when considering a design candidate is whether they are serious enough to have invested in their personal development. Before even seeing your portfolio, having a degree listed on your resume demonstrates your commitment to evolve as a graphic designer.

2. You can earn more money. The annual salary range for all graphic design specialists is roughly $38,000 to $61,000, according to Salary.com, but education plays a significant role. By acquiring a graphic design degree, you can make nearly $10,000 more per year than if you had no college experience.

3. Understanding the theory of graphic design will make you more marketable. It’s relatively common these days for inexperienced artists to call themselves “graphic designers” after picking up a few tricks in Photoshop. Graphic design is more than just software. To produce marketable work, you need to know the theory, history and traditions of the industry.

4. Fulton-Montgomery Community College will give you access to – and often internships with – the companies that are hiring. While you sharpen your skills and build your professional portfolio, you can make valuable real-world connections.

What to do next

Contact FM admissions to see what program would fit your goals: (518) 736-FMCC (3622) ext. 8301 or e-mail us at geninfo@fmcc.suny.edu

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What to study for your career in:

  • Advertising – Business Administration (A.A.S.), Business Marketing (A.A.S.), Media Arts and Digital Technology (A.A.S.)
  • Art – Fine Arts (A.S.)
  • Graphic Design – Media Arts and Digital Technology (A.A.S.)
  • Journalism – Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (A.A.)
  • Mass Media/Communications – Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (A.A.)
  • Digital Publishing- Media Arts and Digital Technology (A.A.S.)
  • Web Design and Animation – Media Arts and Digital Technology (A.A.S.)