Apply To Graphic Design Media Arts

  • The next program intake of 24 students will be for the Fall 2020 semester. Applications will be accepted between April 1, 2019-April 30, 2020. Acceptance to the program is based on a selection process. Review the advising sheet for all application requirements

    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 creative art work on a USB drive during the application period. The GD|MA program will be looking for students who have an eye for and can understand and communicate a message visually. Portfolio examples should include still life or other pencil drawings. The portfolio can also include digital art, design work, paintings, and photography that showcase an understanding of: Composition, Texture, Depth, Line, Light, Patterns/Shape, and Vantage Point. Review the admissions rubric.

    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 May, 2020 if they have been 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. Students who fail to attend orientations will be dropped from the program and will need to reapply for the next available start date.