Graphic Communications

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Choose to focus on one of four options: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration or New Media.

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:

  • Animation: Focus on motion graphics, digital editing and movement in video.
  • Graphic Design: Learn typography and layout for print, online and interactive media.
  • Illustration: Communicate ideas through figures/drawings, by hand and digitally.
  • New Media: Learn web and digital design for screen, mobile devices, video, social media and more.

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.

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  • 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) 70-72 Credits

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program total  70-72 credits
I. Career General Education 18 credits
ENG:100 Career English (or)
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
ENG:103 Report Writing (or)
MCM:217 Publications Writing (or)
COM:101 Oral Communication I (or)
XXX:xxx Approved Writing Intensive Course 3
XXX:xxx Social Science Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Science/Mathematics Requirement 6
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration  23 credits
ART:109 Drawing I 3
ART:107 Design I 2
ART:108 Design II 2
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:138 Drawing for Graphics I 2
ART:245 Portfolio Design and Professional Practices 2
IV. Area of Concentration – Complete one of the following options
Illustration Option 27-29 credits
ART:243 Figure Illustration (or)
ART:112 Figure Drawing II 2-3
ART:135 Graphic Production I 2
ART:238 Drawing for Graphics II 2
ART:242 Drawing for Graphics III 2
ART:239 Illustration I 3
ART:240 Illustration II 3
AT:242 History of Graphic Communications (or)
AT:246 Advanced Computer Art Applications 3
Approved Electives 10-11
Animation Option 27-29 credits
ART:243 Figure Illustration (or)
ART:112 Figure Drawing II 2-3
ART:238 Drawing for Graphics II 2
ART:239 Illustration I 3
ART:240 Illustration II 3
AT:233 Storyboarding/Animatics 2
AT:234 Computer Animation I 3
Approved Electives 12-13
(3-6 credits must be in animation area.)
Graphic Design Option 27-29 credits
ART:238 Drawing for Graphics II 2
ART:236 Typography 2
ART:233 Graphic Design III 3
ART:234 Graphic Design IV 3
ART:135 Graphic Production I 2
ART:235 Graphic Production II 2
AT:242 History of Graphic Communications (or)
AT:246 Advanced Computer Art Applications 3
Approved Electives 10-12
New Media Option 27-29 credits
ART:275 Photo Imaging I: Photoshop 3
ART/AT:xxx Photography Elective 3
AT:135 Communication and Design for the WWW I 3
Approved Electives 18-20

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

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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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