Graphic Communications

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Choose to focus on one of two options: Illustration and Animation or Graphic and Interactive Design.

Train on the latest industry-standard software and equipment taught by instructors who work in the profession.

Participate in a portfolio review with local industry leaders.


Four program options to choose from:

  • Graphic and Interactive Design: Learn typography and layout for print, online and interactive media.
  • Illustration and Animation: Communicate ideas through figures/drawings, by hand and digitally including motion graphics, digital editing and movement in video.

National Accreditation: STLCC-Florissant Valley and STLCC-Meramec are both accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Transfer Graphic Communications credits in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. CLICK HERE to set up a Campus Visit.


  • Art Director/ Creative Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Digital and Print Production
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • In-house Designer
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Design Firms
  • Interactive Studios
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Large Companies and Institutions with Creative Departments

STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here

Job Resources


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Florissant Valley
Julia Jenner, M.F.A.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-513-4865
Forest Park
James Bruenger, B.A.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-644-9649
Michael Swoboda, M.F.A.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-984-7626


Graphic Communications (AAS) 64-65 Credits

Career General Education
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
or COM 101 Oral Communication I
or COM 107 Public Speaking
AT 242 History of Graphic Communications 3
XXX xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX xxx Science/Mathematics Requirement 6
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours 2
Program Requirements
ART 109 Drawing I 3
ART 107 Design I 2
ART 108 Design II 2
AT 106 Motion Media Design 3
ART 111 Figure Drawing I 3
ART 131 Computer Art Studio 3
ART 133 Graphic Design I 3
ART 134 Graphic Design II 3
ART 135 Graphic Production 2
ART 138 Drawing for Graphics 2
ART 236 Typography 2
ART 245 Portfolio Design and Professional Practices 2
Focus Area
Select one focus area from the following: 14-15
Graphic and Interactive Design
Illustration and animation design
Total Credit Hours 64-65

Focus Areas

Graphic and Interactive Design

ART 233 Graphic Design III 3
ART 234 Graphic Design IV 3
AT 135 Web Design I 3
AT 143 Web Design II 3
Approved Electives (see list) 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Illustration and Animation Design

ART 112 Figure Drawing II 3
AT 233 Storyboarding/Animatics 2
or Approved Elective (see list)
ART 239 Illustration I 3
AT 234 Fundamentals of Animation 3
ART 240 Illustration II 3
or AT 235 Animation Techniques: Digital 2D
or Approved Elective (see list)
Total Credit Hours 14

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your career pathway in this growing industry. CLICK HERE

Related Programs
Fine Arts
Digital Media
Mass Communication


STLCC’s Graphic Communications Advisory Committee brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year terms, and STLCC’s faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations and promote networking.


The Graphic Communications program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses, as well as online. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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