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Graphic Design

Graphic design classroom.


Cutting-Edge Instruction for Graphic Artists

Technology has drastically changed the creative process. Graphic designers today must know how to create captivating images, logos and visual layouts for a broad range of mediums, from print to television to mobile apps.
With a focus on new and emerging technology, BC’s two-year Graphic Design Technology program will prepare you for successful entry into the rapidly changing, highly competitive computer graphics design industry. Our program will give you a professional edge in such key areas as:
  • Using computer software to efficiently design new images or modify existing ones
  • Solving real-world advertising problems and carrying projects from concept to completion
  • Employing the full range of print, web and electronic media to create art that meets client needs
  • Analyzing client needs, conducting research and developing concepts for production within a budget
In two years, you will be ready to get a job after having real-world training in practical technique. We are always current with the latest trends in design. In fact, we were the first institution to have classes in photography, web design, and now, iPad interactive design.

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Classroom Experience

Graphic Design classes are structured to help you develop your skills in design for:

  • Print
  • Web
  • Packaging
  • Advertising
  • iPad interactive design
You will become proficient in the entire Adobe Creative Design Suite of software, branding and design problem solving. You also have the flexibility to customize your schedule with online, day or evening classes.

Classes are typically 15 to 20 students who will become lifelong friends and co-workers.

They are just like you: creative, energetic and from all parts of the globe.

The faculty are active designers with years of experience and varied backgrounds. Speakers and field trips are regular features, as is active involvement in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) activities with professionals in the field.
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Career Path

Graphic designers that are on the cutting-edge of technology are highly desirable by today’s organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, skilled designers in 2010 took home $43,500 in annual wages.  

See Career Paths for graphic designers. 
Eighty percent of students entering the program graduate from Broward College, and approximately 85 percent of graduated students have jobs in the field.
As Graphic Design professionals, graduates of BC’s program launch fulfilling careers in:
  • Television indust​ries
  • Graphic design studios
  • Advertising and public relations
  • Printing and publishing companies
  • Commercial art and reproduction firms
Typical job titles include:
  • Illustrator
  • Art Director
  • Graphic Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Graphics Reporter
  • Advertising Designer

See possible career paths

We have students working for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, local TV stations and magazines, major advertising agencies, as well as MTV, Univision, and design firms around the country.
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Is This Program Right for Me?

Creativity and artistic ability are the foundation of a good designer. More important is the interest in solving problems using design communication because the tools and even the media (the web and iPad design) are dramatically changing. Learning and adapting to change is critical.


In addition to a high school diploma or GED, all students must fulfill the general education requirements for admission to the program. Any experience with computers and design applications is a plus.


Keeping current with software changes, looking at good design with a critical eye, and becoming a lifelong learner are the keys to success in this program. If this sounds like you, submit your application today.
Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Broward College.


The Graphic Design program is affiliated with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

All full-time and adjunct professors possess master's degrees and are veterans of design, photography and advertising careers. Program Manager and Professor Rick McCawley holds an MA in photography form Barry University and is completing an MFA at FAU.


Professor McCawley was a staff photographer for the Miami Herald for 10 years. As the president of his own graphic design consulting firm for 15 years, he trained Fortune 500 companies in design and pre-press. In addition, he was the chief technical officer for Graphline, a global distributor of design and pre-press equipment. Before coming to run the program at Broward College 10 years ago, Professor McCawley helped set up the design programs at the International Fine Arts College and Barry University. He is also the author of seven books on design and photography.


Another full time faculty member will join the team in fall 2012.


The Graphic Design AS Degree program (64 credit hours) is designed to be completed in two years. Typical student schedules consist of four to five classes, or 12 to 15 credit hours per semester. There is also a subset of certificates that allow milestone certificates to be awarded.

Our current certificate programs are:
  • Graphic Design Support 15 credit hours
  • Graphic Design Production 24 credit hours
For Alumni

If you already graduated from the Graphic Design program and want to update your education as the industry or software changes, you are welcome to come take classes as refreshers.


Think of us when hiring an intern or employee; you know the quality of education we provide. Hire our students, be involved in AIGA, and come speak to our classes by contacting Professor Rick McCawley.


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