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Graphic Design - How to Get Started

The graphic design program begins during the fall term. Are you starting classes in another term? Don’t worry! There still may be courses you can start taking if you’re starting college in a different term. Please contact the program advisors for details. Any student admitted to MHCC can sign up for classes in the program after reading, writing, and math placement requirements have been met. Registration for the fall term is open May through September.

Complete the MHCC Application Process

It is easy to get started at MHCC. Simply follow the steps in the new student checklist. These include filling out the admission form, figuring out how to pay for college through programs like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), connecting with our staff to choose classes, and more.

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Applied to MHCC? Here's what to do next

After you have been admitted to MHCC, you will need to meet the course registration requirements in reading, writing, and math.

Placement Requirements Needed to Get Started in This Program

Placement into RD115 or completion of RD090 Placement into WR115 or completion of WR090 Placement into MTH060 or completion of MTH020

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Sign up for classes

After completing the placement requirements, you can sign up for classes. First-term students should sign up for these classes: 

  • GD150 Principles of Graphic Design (five credits)
  • IM120 Computers and File Management (one credit)
  • IM122 Basic Image Editing (one credit)
  • IM123 Basic Sound Editing (one credit)
  • IM124 Basic Non-linear Editing (one credit)
  • IM125 Basic Page Layout (one credit)
  • IM178 Integrated Media Overview (four credits)

Meet with an advisor

Have more questions? Connect with the student services hub

Additional Program Costs

Outside of tuition and general fees, you will need to purchase textbooks. Textbooks per term range from $100-$500 and can be purchased online through the college bookstore.

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Have questions about the Graphic Design Program?

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