The Visual Communication Graphic Design program at Northwest State Community College allows individuals to explore a variety of opportunities in the field of design.
"You'll meet friends to collaborate with and be able to cheer for each other's successes and laugh at our failures while learning from them."
- Seth Brakefield, Class of 2019
"The design program at Northwest States gives you the opportunity to collaborate and work with students and faculty on multiple projects. They help you expand your skills and express yourself creatively."
- Kim Eggebrecht, Class of 2019
"The design program at Northwest State teaches students to learn through experience. Students get to learn in a work-type environment."
- Carrington Pierce, Class of 2019
"I love teaching in this program because I get to see students grow; not only as designers, but also as people who, when they come into the program, aren't always aware of the possibilities available to them."
- Michael Vanderpool, Lead Faculty
Our Design program develops the skills for success in design and any field where collaboration, critical thinking, and accountability matter.
We work from initial idea to completion through observing, brainstorming, sketching, rapid prototyping, and testing.
Our team collaborates by supporting and challenging each other. Our clients come from campus and the community with real problems needing real solutions.
Photograph by Arielle Young
Poster by Seth Brakefield
An overview designed to teach the student about the world of visual communication: how visual communication changes the world, how to use it effectively, and how it impacts the way we live.
Photography by Clayton Stemen
An introductory course teaching basic photographic and digital editing techniques. Focus in on camera handling, lighting exposure, and composition. Experience includes creating digital files, digital editing, and image output techniques. Editing techniques will be limited to cropping, contrast and brightness, removal of unwanted flaws, and other correcting procedures.
Menu design by Tegan Hurd
This course covers the relationship among various design elements: balance, proportion, typography, and layout. Message composition, art presentation, copy layouts, the design process, and page makeup will be analyzed using current layout software.
Web page design by Bryce Conklin
This is the study of multimedia through student exploration and experimentation in various visual presentation technologies including digital media. Emphasis will be on design and production of total presentations by planning content and using a variety of software and hardware.
The study of video production is to provide a basic knowledge of the process used in pre-production, production, and postproduction activities. Students plan, shoot, edit, and distribute a video as part of a production team. Topics include preparing a script, developing a shot list, videography, editing footage, adding sound tracks, and exporting and rendering video for various uses in various formats.
Logo design by Kim Eggebrecht
This course focuses on the creation and editing of resolution-independent images. Students use digital drawing techniques to create vector graphics for use in other interactive media projects or as independent compositions. Topics range from the creation of vector graphics through choosing the appropriate output method for their intended use.
Logo design by Brooke Chandler
An introduction of computer modeling used to create 3-dimensional images. The student will be able to create realistic images using 3-dimensional modeling, textures, materials, lighting, and rendering.
Advanced visual communication concepts including problem solving, research, design, script writing, storyboarding, training techniques, proposal preparation, cost estimating, and analysis. Overall project management techniques and environmental factors are covered in depth.