2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Graphic Communications

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Graphic Communications, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Graphic Communications?

The printing and graphic communications industry is the third-largest industry in the United States, employing more than three-quarters of a million people. It is estimated that nearly one-third of those employed by the print media industry is over age 55. In addition to the aging workforce, nearly 5,000 new jobs are created each year due to the rapidly changing methods of graphic image transfer and distribution.

Graphic Communications processes are used in the manufacturing, marketing, and communications industries on just about every item that we use. Whether it is the label on an item that you purchase or the dashboard of your car, it was printed. The way we communicate through the internet and mobile devices has increased the demand for graduates with the knowledge and skills to choose the correct communications method for the desired outcome. The internet has caused a major increase in printed products as much as 20 percent.

Career Opportunities

Graphic Communications is a lot more than putting ink on paper. The creation and generation of high-resolution digital graphic files and the distribution of those images via Local Area Networks, the Internet, and mobile devices are all part of the job. There is a job for just about everyone with an interest in working with their hands, mind, deadlines, computers and an interest in creative problem-solving.

While the AAS degree in Graphic Communications sets the stage for obtaining a BS degree in Graphic Media Management in just 2 more years, those who choose not to pursue a bachelor's degree may find many great job opportunities in the print media industry with an average starting hourly wage of $14.00.

More Information

Marketing Department
College of Business
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307 - 2284
Phone: 231-591-2426

Graphic Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communication, Inc.
Next accreditation review is 2021.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Graphic Communications, AAS - 61 Credits

Major - 38 Credits
Ferris State Univ Seminar
Building Prof Digital Docs
Port Doc Files/Prepress Wrkflw
Media Imaging & Production
Digital Color Reproduction
Prepress Workflow Automation
Substrates, Inks, and Coatings
Introduction to Packaging
Imaging & Finishing Proj Mgmt
Web Design and Planning
Database Design-Implementation
Princ. of Financial Accounting