• 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

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Graphic Design

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

Our diploma 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 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

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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 in the region for M State graphic design graduates
  • 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


M State students excel at BPA contest

June 4, 2018

M State students won 11 Top 10 awards in a strong showing at the recent national conference for Business Professionals of America. Read more about their impressive showing, which included one first-place and two second-place awards.


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Graphic Design Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

Graphic Design Certificate
Locations: Moorhead

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Required courses for the Graphic Design diploma

  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • College Writing
  • Macintosh Production Processes
  • Adobe Photoshop I and II
  • Design and Layout I, II and III
  • Adobe InDesign I and II
  • Interactive Design I and II
  • Digital Photography
  • Adobe Illustrator I and II
  • Process Printing Theory
  • Design Portfolio
  • Design Campaigns
  • Graphic Design Professional Practicum
  • Digital Preflight


Meet the faculty

Melissa Hintermeister

Graphic Design Technology Faculty
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Rob Johnson

Graphic Design Technology Faculty
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