Applied Visual Arts

at Dakota County Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 72
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

This program prepares students for careers in commercial art and design. A unique combination of courses offers training in the traditional techniques of drawing and painting with digital art techniques using computer graphics programs. The coursework trains students in the design process to explore, plan, design and produce visual solutions to communications problems. A foundation in art techniques, design principles, creative problem solving, concept development, illustration, typography and layout are established. Students will gain the skills necessary for an entry-level position in the commercial art field and will have employment opportunities in a number of related industries, including marketing, publishing, advertising and animation.

Program Locations

  • Dakota County Technical College 55068

Labor Market Information

  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Median wage:$29.10/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Median wage:$31.52/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Graphic Designers
  • Median wage:$23.61/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East Rosemount, MN 55068 Toll-Free: (877) 937-3282 Local: (651) 423-8301 TTY: (651) 423-8621 Email: