• Graphic Design Technology

    Develop your creative skills in M State’s Graphic Design Technology program, where our hands-on training lets you turn your passion for design into an exciting career.


Graphic Design Technology

If you have a passion for design, M State offers two program options that will prepare you for positions in this rewarding and competitive profession: a 60-credit Associate in Applied Science degree and a 30-credit certificate in Graphic Design Technology.

Our AAS degree focuses on integrating digital technology and graphic design to create communication materials. Students develop both creatively and technically while learning skills in photography, color theory, typography, layout and design, and Web and print production.

You'll have the opportunity to interact with and learn from industry professionals outside the college and to complete an internship as part of the degree program, further developing your skills in presenting ideas and concepts and preparing for an entry-level position in the graphic design industry.

The 30-credit Graphic Design Technology certificate is designed for advanced students, students with advanced degrees or professional already working in a creative field. The two-semester "fast-track" curriculum builds on students' existing skills and accommodates the accelerated placement goals of advanced students.

Students in both programs produce comprehensive portfolios that showcase their technical and design skills. Industry involvement includes participation in the annual American Advertising Federation competition, mock interviews, guest speakers and tours.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Production of visual concepts using drawing andcomputer programs
  • Interpreting, speaking, writing and editing the language of advertising, graphic design, digital graphic technology and print production
  • Entry-level industry proficiency using multiple methods to produce graphic output
  • Preparation of digital files for printing
  • Understanding of offset print production
  • Application of theories of design, color and typography
  • Professional traits that benefit graphic designers
  • Production of a personal portfolio of sample work


Why M State

  • M State offers an exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on curriculum enhances education
  • Small class sizes mean personalized instruction
  • There's a strong demand for Graphic Design Technology graduates in the region
  • Instructors have valuable graphic design industry experience
  • Industry partnerships ensure students are learning skills needed on the job
  • Annual spring graphic design exhibit allows students to display their skills

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Graphic Design Technology Certificate
Locations: Moorhead

Graphic Design Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Daniel Francis
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Darren Gibbins
Instructor - Graphic Design, Digital Photography
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Melissa Hintermeister
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Loren Johnson
Graphic Design Technology Instructor
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Rob Johnson
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Required graphic design courses for the AAS degree

  • Macintosh Production Processes
  • Design and Layout I, II and III
  • Digital Photography
  • Electronic Drawing I and II
  • Process Printing Theory
  • Electronic Image Manipulation
  • Integrated Graphic Design
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Advanced Electronic Imaging
  • Graphic Design Professional Practices
  • Digital Preflight

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: July 21st, 2015 at 09:57am