Apply To Graphic Design Media Arts

  • Our next program intake of 20 students will be in the Fall 2019 semester. Applications will be accepted between May 1, 2018-March 1, 2019.

    Acceptance to the program is based on a selection process. Review the advising sheet for all application requirements. Application materials for the Fall 2019 intake must be submitted to the Admissions office no later than March 1, 2019. Follow the steps below and on the advising sheet to apply to Southeast Community College’s Graphic Design | Media Arts program.

    Step One: Application
    Complete your online application to Southeast Community College.

    Step Two: Test Scores
    Have copies of your high school and college transcripts sent to Southeast Community College as well as any placement test scores (COMPASS, ACT or ASSET). Review the advising sheet for test score requirements.

    Step Three: Visual Awareness Assessment
    Contact the Lincoln Testing Center at 402-437-2715 to schedule a date and time to complete the required assessment. Applicants will have two hours to answer five questions which consist of still life drawings, interpreting visual messages, and demonstrating their creative thought process and communication abilities through visuals and words.

    Graphic Design | Media Arts will be looking for students who have an observant eye and who can understand and communicate a message through visual cues. Applicants do not need to bring any supplies with them to complete the assessment. Applicants can prepare for this by drawing and spending ample time looking at and interpreting design work from publications such as Communication Arts, Print, and How.

    If applicants are unable to complete the Visual Awareness Assessment in Lincoln, Nebraska, contact Graphic Design | Media Arts program chair Elizabeth Vornbrock,, to have your assessment proctored at another institution. In the email, include the preferred institution and when possible, the email or phone number of their testing center.

    Step Four: Prepare Your Portfolio
    Submit a maximum of six (6) examples of your illustrations, art, digital design and/or design work on a USB drive with the application materials. Portfolio images should be in JPG, PNG, or PDF format. Portfolio examples should include traditional drawings, be an accurate reflection of your current skill set, and should have been created recently. The GDMA program will be looking for students who have an eye for perspective, depth, composition, and dimension.

    Step Five: Submit Your Application Materials
    Once all previous steps are complete, mail or deliver your application and all corresponding materials (USB, assessment completion sheet, test scores) to the Southeast Community College Admissions office at:

    Southeast Community College
    Admissions Office
    8800 O Street
    Lincoln, NE 68520-1299

    Any applications or portfolios that are emailed or delivered to Education Square or GD|MA instructors will not be accepted.

    Step Six: Orientation
    GD|MA instructors will be reviewing each applicant’s Visual Awareness Assessment and portfolio against a rubric. GD|MA will accept the top 20 scoring candidates who meet all other program and college requirements. Applicants will be notified in April, 2019 if they were accepted into the GD|MA program. Once applicants have been accepted into the program, they will need to attend a college New Student Orientation and a GD|MA program orientation to secure their seat in program. Failure to attend each orientation will result in a forfeiture of the applicant’s seat in the program. Admission assessment.

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