You're a Good Fit: GDMA

  • GD|MA applicants should have strong spatial skills which will be demonstrated through the Visual Awareness Assessment and portfolio. The Visual Awareness Assessment will also gauge an applicant’s analytical, creative, and divergent thinking skills. Applicants should have a passion for creating and understanding visual communication. Apply today!

    GD|MA is a technical, portfolio driven, accelerated program. Here’s what it takes to be a successful graphic design student:

    Technical Skills

    • Ability to draw and capture your ideas on paper.
    • Attention to detail and craftsmanship.
    • Experience using a computer including internet use, web searches, and email.
    • Comfortable working at a computer for a prolonged period of time.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Some familiarity with programs within the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.)

    Soft Skills

    • Comfortable with receiving criticism and constructive feedback.
    • Ability to critically think about a problem.
    • Desire to create divergent and creative solutions to a client’s problem.
    • Analytical (both in design practice and regarding people’s behavior.)
    • Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to manage time-intensive projects.
    • Self-Driven within an ever changing industry.
    • Able to work within a team environment.
    • A hunger and excitement to learn design in and out of the classroom.
    • Willingness to learn web design and web development languages (such as CSS & HTML.)
  • What Students Are Saying

    “This program builds you from the ground up. You start out with little to no design knowledge, and by the end (if you work hard) your skills are comparable, and a lot of times better, than if you were to have attended a four-year school. I honestly am so glad I chose the program at SCC. Nowhere else would’ve given me the amount of tools I need for the real world.”
    Kenny Beyer Fall 2015 – @ Nanonation

    “When I decided to go back to school and study design, I had my sights set on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I never considered SCC until my advisor told me how incredible SCC’s Graphic Design/Media Arts program is. I am so thankful that I chose this path. This is the program that helped me see myself and my abilities in ways I never expected. The bulk of the program isn’t about memorizing or following along. It’s about learning the core skills and thought processes needed to succeed in the professional design world.”
    Taylor Stimbert Spring 2017 @ Maly Marketing