Graphic Design, A.A.

In the Associate of Arts in Graphic Design program at Vermont State University, you’ll master the basics of color, typography, digital imagery, and layout, and build in-demand skills through electives in areas like website development and UX design. Our iMac labs with Adobe software will give you in-depth experience with industry-standard tools so you can supplement your associate degree with additional skills. Learn the basics and build your professional portfolio to get ready for the job market or pursue a bachelor degree such as our B.A. in Graphic Design.

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Barclay Tucker

Professor, Animation Illustration Program Coordinator, Graphic Design Program Coordinator


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Why Study Graphic Design at Vermont State?

  • Strong Career Prospects: In a visual culture, graphic design skills are more important than ever. The McClure Foundation estimates that 1,200 graphic design jobs will be posted in Vermont in the next 10 years. An associate degree is a great first step toward accessing those opportunities. 
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: You’ll have 24-hour access to professional tools for your creative projects. Our Lyndon campus offers a dedicated Mac lab for graphic design majors with a large-format scanner and 3D printer. You’ll also have access to DSLR cameras, Wacom tablets, art studios, an animation lab, and a photo lab. 
  • Higher Earnings: Whatever your path ahead, an associate degree is a smart investment. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, those holding an associate degree earn on average $5,300 more per year than those without a college degree.  
  • Explore Career Options: Develop marketable skills while you explore options for your future. In the graphic design associate degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses in diverse areas that will broaden your horizons and help you discover new career possibilities.  

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Sample Courses

  • Typographic Design 
  • Vector Graphics 
  • Digital Arts & Image Editing 
  • Visual Storytelling 

Student Stories

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“Small class sizes made the professors more approachable, as opposed to being in an auditorium with 400 students. The professors are flexible. They want to work with you. Seeing them as professors and also designers on the side was inspiring. That really motivated me and opened my eyes to new possibilities. It told me that this is a really fun field in general.” 

Diego Melende

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  • Lyndon Campus

Assistant Professor

  • Lyndon Campus

Professor, Animation Illustration Program Coordinator, Graphic Design Program Coordinator

  • Lyndon Campus

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