Graphic Design

Students who earn an associate in applied science degree in graphic design graduate from Oakton with a portfolio of work for admission to a four-year college or art school. Those who complete a certificate in animation and multimedia, digital content creation, web design or photography find themselves prepared to pursue careers in a variety of fields.

The curriculum focuses on a number of areas including, but not limited to: design fundamentals; web design; digital content creation, including audio and video production; 2D and 3D animation; studio photography; photojournalism and portraiture. 

Degree and Certificates

With our Graphic Design degree, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic design principles, concepts, media, and format and solve communication and design problems.

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Learn to use the basic tools and techniques of animation and multimedia, including software and special hardware and create a portfolio of animation/multimedia projects to demonstrate the acquisition of the necessary skills with our Animation and Multimedia Certificate.

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Learn to engage and influence audiences through the production of high-quality digital audio content.  Through hands-on experience in copywriting, creating digital video assets, managing electronic media, and building market plans, students will gain the skills and experiences critical to pursuing digital video content creation professionally. This certificate can be completed in one semester.

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Learn to engage and influence audiences through the production of high-quality digital video content.  Through hands-on experience in copywriting, creating digital video assets, managing electronic media, and building market plans, students will gain the skills and experiences critical to pursuing digital video content creation professionally. This certificate can be completed in one semester.

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With our Photography Certificate, you will learn to use the basic tools of photographic production, including the mastery of materials, equipment, techniques, and processes used in digital photography, lighting, film, and the processing of images. You will also be able to demonstrate functional knowledge of the history of photography and its aesthetic development and create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the acquisition of the necessary skills.

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Our Web Design Certificate will help you understand the fundamental principles of graphic design as they relate to web design. You will learn to use the basic tools and techniques of web design, including relevant software and create a portfolio of websites and web pages that demonstrate the acquisition of the necessary skills.

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Job Outlook

The employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.

Despite limited employment growth, about 23,900 openings for graphic designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for graphic designers was $53,380 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Potential Careers

• Art Directors
• Craft and Fine Artists
• Desktop Publishers
• Drafters
• Industrial Designers
• Special Effects Artists and Animators
• Technical Writers
• Web Developers and Digital Designers

Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Oakton's professors and lecturers are experts in their fields with advanced degrees and years of real-world experience. In addition to classroom learning, students receive support from our panel of expert advisors.

 

Meet our full-time faculty:

Erick Rohn
Coordinator, Graphic Design and Multimedia
Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A. Columbus College of Art & Design
M.F.A. Rochester Institute of Technology
erohn@oakton.edu 
847.376.7248
Office: 2610, Des Plaines

Meet our part-time faculty

Jeremi W. Bialowas
Lecturer
B.A. Columbia College
M.S. Brooks Institute of Photography
jbialowa@oakton.edu
847.635.1841
Office: 1111, Des Plaines

Michael Boruch
Lecturer
M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
mboruch@yahoo.com
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Cynthia Crampton
Lecturer
B.S. Illinois Institute of Technology - Institute of Architecture & Design
crampton@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Timothy King
Lecturer
B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute
M.A. University of Tulsa
M.F.A. Northern Illinois University
tking@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Sandra Krohnert
Lecturer
BFA in Visual Communication from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design
MA in Art History from Northern Illinois University
krohnert@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Jody Lepinot
Lecturer
B.S. Michigan State University
D.V.M. Michigan State University
B.F.A. Michigan State University
M.F.A. Academy of Art University
jlepinot@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Angelo Mantas
Lecturer
B.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.F.A. Columbia College Chicago
amantas@oakton.edu
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

John Petroshius
Lecturer
B.S. Northwestern University
john@prairiestudio.com
847.635.1950
Office: 2430, Des Plaines

Ronald B. Powell
Lecturer
B.S. Illinois State University
rpowell@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Heather Acton
Partner and CTO
ODEA

Joseph Cancellaro, Ph.D.
Chair, Interactive Arts & Media Department
Columbia College Chicago

Kim Cardosi
Partner
Cardosi Kiper Design Group, Inc.

Mr. Robert Jacob
Graphic Design Consultant

Evan Lindsay
Principal Designer
Blaque, Inc.

William McKinley
President
Benchmark Imaging and Display

Amy Schwartz
Design Director
Cards Against Humanity/Blackbox

William Simos
Fine Arts Department
Evanston Township High School

Ryan Summers
Creative Director
Digital Kitchen Chicago

Mel Winer
Photographer
Harling Winer Graphics

Lou Pierozzi
Chair, Art & Design Department
Oakton Community College

Judy Langston
Coordinator, Photography
Oakton Community College

Erick Rohn
Coordinator, Graphic Design
Oakton Community College

Linda Korbel
Dean of Liberal Arts
Oakton Community College

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Erick Rohn
Coordinator, Graphic Design and Photography
847.376.7248
erohn@oakton.edu
Room 2610, Des Plaines