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Graphic Design

Start an exciting career in the graphic design field today!

With Platt College’s graphic design programs, you can become a production artist, graphic designer, illustrator, layout artist, or computer artist. You might also work with photo manipulation, typographical design, presentation graphics, prepress production, and design assistant.

Why Choose This Program?

See for yourself why Platt College has been chosen by thousands of students to continue their education.

Since our opening in 1985, Platt College has been dedicated to the principle that education is the foundation for personal and professional growth, and that students should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

At Platt College, our mission is to provide a balanced program of instruction for our students to help them acquire the specialized knowledge and skills they need to take advantage of exciting career opportunities in many of today’s in-demand fields. We at Platt College continuously update our offerings to best serve the needs of students and employers in today’s dynamic Southern California business environment.

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Platt College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which is recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit institutions of higher education across the United States.

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Balanced Instruction Programs

Degree programs offering a balanced program of instruction in today’s fastest growing fields.

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Financial Aid Programs

Platt College offers a variety of financial aid programs to support our student's goals in higher education.

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Convenient Class Schedules

We offer convenient morning and evening classes to fit the needs of any schedule.

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Available Programs


Associate's Degree in Graphic Design

Platt College’s Associates Degree Program in Graphic Design helps you build the skills you need to unleash your imagination and begin your creative career.

Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication

Platt College School of Graphic Design’s Bachelors Degree Program in Visual Communication helps you build the skills you need to start an exciting new career. You will specialize in 2D Print.

About the Programs

About the the Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design and Visual Communication

Platt College offers a Diploma and an Associate of Arts Degree in Graphic Design.

The curriculum for both programs provides our students with a balanced program of instruction necessary to succeed in today’s evolving graphic design industry.

Each area of study is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that the College is keeping current with the needs of employers and changing industry trends.

First-term students learn practical foundation skills in design, color theory, typography, print production and basic drawing. Students in intermediate and advanced terms build on their foundation skills and use computer technology to produce design solutions for a wide variety of projects.

Throughout the entire program, the graphic designer’s role in the business world is emphasized. Planning, scheduling, collaboration, job search skills and portfolio development help to prepare students for their professional life.

As a graphic designer, you’ll work with: advertising agencies, publishers, corporate in-house art departments, design studios, package design companies, printing companies, newspapers, magazines, and sign companies.

You will also be prepared to pursue freelance work in any of the above areas.

More about Graphic Design

Graphic design is a form of visual communication using art, words and technology to convey an idea or message. Through the use of type, color, symbols, illustrations and photography, the graphic designer creates images used by advertising agencies, publishing firms, design studios, print companies, newspapers, magazines, corporate art departments, desktop publishing, multimedia presentations and web pages. A graphic designer may use typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce the final result.

Common uses of graphic design include magazines, advertisements, product packaging and web design. For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as shapes and color which unify the piece. Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.

Bachelor’s Degree – Visual Communication specializing in 2D Print

Start your new career in 2D Print!

Platt College School of Graphic Design’s Bachelors’s degree program in Visual Communication helps you build the skills you need to start an exciting new career and specialize in 2D Print. Each of these specializations provides graduates with the skills necessary to pursue careers in these dynamic industries.

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication (BAVC) develops professionals who take concepts and then create visual imagery by employing type, illustration, sound, music, photography, and animation. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication degree program will produce a professional portfolio that will make them viable candidates for employment in the myriad of industries related to visual communication.

Past graduates have found successful employment as animators, computer animators, digital media producers, special effects artists, background designers, computer artists, layout artists, and video game artists.

Regardless of your chosen specialization area, you’ll begin by developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of graphic design.

Your coursework will combine training in traditional elements such as typography, drawing, color theory, and design principles with technology-based skills using industry-standard software tools in digital video, motion graphics, flash animation, 3D modeling & animation.

After building your design foundation, you’ll then move into the specialization area of your choice!

Except as expressly provided in California Education Code Section 94898, Platt College reserves the right to modify policies, course schedules, curricula or courses within reason due to exigent circumstances, program upgrades and/or content changes, and to cancel programs of study, modes of delivery, upcoming start dates or individual courses as it deems necessary. If a course or program is canceled, the school may schedule course completion at a later date or refund all monies paid for the canceled course or program if the student does not wish to continue with the program at the later date. All Platt College programs are not available at all locations, please see an Admissions Representative for more information on specific enrollment information.

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