What will I learn?

Applied Graphic Communication concerns the process of creating visual materials that effectively convey information using text and/or images. This discipline encompasses many creative and technical fields involved in all phases of design, production, finishing and distribution of two- or three-dimensional artwork, products or electronic transmissions. The Applied Graphic Communication major is for students seeking foundational skills appropriate for further study in the design field or for employment in areas of design support.

Graphic communication is a professional field encompassing a broad range of design formats for both print and web-based media. Included among these are advertisements, newsletters, brochures, magazines, technical literature, identity and branding systems, package design, Web pages and multimedia. Students in the Applied Graphic Communication programs participate in small classes with considerable personal attention and direction from faculty. Art and design classes are taught in well-equipped studio facilities and labs using industry-standard computers and software.

The Applied Graphic Communication program may be completed full time in either two or three years. Students should meet with an academic advisor regularly to ensure that they take courses in the correct sequence and that they meet prerequisites.


Students who succeed in the field of graphic communication are creative thinkers who possess kinetic and visual learning styles. They are detail-oriented and have strong motor skills. People who work in this field must demonstrate excellent time- and project-management skills and possess strong listening and communication skills.


Students that complete the Applied Graphic Communication program will be qualified for entry-level design and creative support positions. Generally, these positions include: assembly and presentation of comprehensives, electronic file formatting and preparation, electronic pre-press, image manipulation and management, scripting and programming for web design, and computer template design.

Graduates of this major pursue careers in a variety of professional settings. These include graphic and interactive design studios, digital production and printing companies, advertising and marketing agencies, or other areas of media, communications, and public relations. With further education students may seek positions requiring a higher level of skills.

Which department am I in?

UC Blue Ash College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$15,654.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2022, 1 November 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 9 May 2022, 22 August 2022, 9 January 2023


UC Blue Ash College

9555 Plainfield Road,



45236, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

First-year applicants (sometimes referred to as freshman) are students who have completed high school and have not earned college course credit since graduating. English test score requirements: ELS - 112 Graduation; IELTS - 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section; PTE – 46; TOEFL - 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section; Duolingo – 95; Cambridge - 169 minimum, Recommended exam: C1 Advanced.

For international students

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

All students entering UCBA, except those who have taken college-level math and English, must take the college's placement test prior to registering for classes.

English test score requirements: ELS - 112 Graduation; IELTS - 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section; PTE – 46; TOEFL - 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section; Duolingo – 95; Cambridge - 169 minimum, Recommended exam: C1 Advanced.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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