Visual Communications Graphic Design

What You Will Learn

This degree provides cross-training in print advertising, electronic publishing, video production, and web page building. Students will learn to apply technology to assemble graphics, text and media to communicate a message.

Students are provided a balance of design theory and technical production. The goal is to give students the ability to foster creative ideas as well as produce final work.

Where You Could Go

Graduates in Visual Communications Media & Technology will find employment and freelance opportunities in service businesses like advertising agencies, multimedia companies and printing companies, as well as in the marketing/ public relations and communications departments of corporations.

Qualities Needed to Work in This Field

Students in this major:

  • Need to be detail oriented
  • Need to like working at the computer
  • Need to be a good communicators
  • Need to be a creative problem solver

$38,789Average Starting Salary

Commercial and Industrial Designers

Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children’s toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

$43,458Top Entry-Level Education

Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

$43,785Top Entry-level Education

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.


NC State has transfer agreements with the University of Findlay and Bowling Green State University.