Graphic Design
Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo

The Graphic Design Career Education Program at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa provides students with an education in print publication design and web design. Translate your talent into a future in design.

Visual Communication

We train our students to design and develop visual elements that will effectively communicate a clear message through printed publications or online presence.

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Publication Design

Publication design formats include annual report, booklet, brochure, leaflet, magazine, newsletter, pamphlet, or any other multi-panel or multi-page print publication.

Responsive Website Design

Web Design

Web design formats include email-newsletter, mobile app, social media, website, or any other method of delivering dynamic content to a consumer via the Web.

Interactive Multimedia Gesture

Interactive Design

Interactive design formats include augmented reality, data merge, dynamic pdf, mobile media ads, or any other format in which a user interacts with the design.

Generating New Ideas Solving Design Problems

The mission of the Graphic Design program is to provide students with a visual art education that is rich in ideas and is current in industry best practices.

Course Projects

Satisfied Employers

Ongoing Projects

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Plan Your Designs - Plan Your Career Pathway


Form Your Ideas.

Create & Design - Design Your Course Schedule


Articulate Your Concepts.

Develop Your Skill Sets


Build Your Skill Sets.

Launch Your Career


Launch Your Career.

Hands-on Learning in Graphic Design

Hands-On Learning

Our philosophy is simple: the best way to learn something, is to do it. We prepare you for the rigors of working in the print design and web design industry by teaching cutting edge technologies in a hands-on format.

Graphic Design career education program curriculum merges academic rigor, exposure to current technologies, and applicable experiences through an active project-based curriculum.

Develop Your Skills

Develop and enhance essential critical and creative thinking, fundamentals of design, and production technical skills. Your creativity and skill set have no boundaries.

Students are provided with experience in design and layout, typography, desktop publishing, illustration, photo editing, photo shoot direction, pre-press production processes, interactive multimedia, motion graphics and animation for web, and web design and development. Students are also trained to utilize the leading graphic design software and latest web design technologies.

Yes — Students learn to use Adobe Creative Cloud software.

  • Creative Think Skills
  • Principles of Design Skills
  • Production Technical Skills
Apple Laptop Creative Thinking Session

Student Feature Work

Graphic Design Program Student Design Showcase.

Direct Response Advertising
Magazine Awareness Advertisement
Adobe Illustrator Illustration
Adobe Photoshop Composite Imagery

Award-Winning Design

We love to brag about our students. For instance, students have won numerous American Advertising Federation (ADDY) awards, Iowa Community College Advertising Design Invitational (ICCADI) awards, Hawkeye Community College Student Artshow awards, and Graphic Design Program awards.

Awards range from scholarship, monetary, trophy, certificate, and equipment. Two 1st term students can earn a $600 entry scholarship. One 4th term student will be selected to receive the $1200 Harry K. Watts Scholarship.




Student Awards Creating with Adobe on Laptop

From Our Affiliates

Testimonials by graduates and employers who have hired our graduates.

“I received the technical skills needed to start my graphic design career while I was a student in the Graphic Design program. I really enjoyed the program environment such as small classes and helpful instructors.”

Erin Randall

Program Graduate 2016, Assistant Art Director - Lee Enterprises. Owner - The Happy Brand Studio.

“The skill sets that I learned in the program helped me to find a graphic design job. I really enjoyed the laid-back classroom atmosphere and the individual attention from the extremely knowledgeable instructors.”

Megan Mesch

Program Graduate 2016, Graphic Designer - Print Express.

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