Advertising Design School Options in Orlando
The Orlando area has a number of public and private schools that offer graphic design programs for students pursuing a career in advertising design. This article highlights three of these schools, all of which are less than an hour from downtown Orlando. Check out the table near the end of the article for information on tuition rates, graduation rates and more. Also provided is a short paragraph discussing two other nearby school options.
- Valencia College is a large community college located less than a mile from downtown. It offers a certificate and an associate's degree in graphic design.
- Seminole State College of Florida is a smaller community college that also offers both a certificate and an associate's degree in graphic design at its Heathrow campus, which is 17.9 miles from downtown.
- Students who want to pursue a more advanced degree can consider Florida Southern College in Lakeland, which is 56 miles away from the downtown area. It offers a minor in advertising design, as well as two bachelor's degree programs in graphic design.
Comparison of Schools
The following table, which compares important school information, can make it easier to choose the right college.
|Valencia College||Seminole State College of Florida||Florida Southern College|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2014)||43,217*||18,399*||2,670*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Small city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| In-state: $2,474,
| In-state: $3,131,
|% of New Full-Time Undergraduate Students Receiving Financial Aid (2013-2014)||82%*||84%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||45%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||N/A||N/A||81% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||44% (13% transfer-out rate)*||38% (11% transfer-out rate)*||65%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Valencia College is an award-winning community college with over 40,000 students spread over 4 campuses. The graphic design program is housed within Valencia College's Arts & Entertainment Division, located at the school's East campus in Orlando.
Graphic Design Production Certificate
This program is intended for students who want to gain the skills needed to work as graphic designers for a number of outlets, including advertising agencies. Credits earned in this 24-credit program can also be applied toward the associate's degree. Students gain experience with industry-standard software and printing techniques; courses cover Adobe Illustrator, layout and design, typography, and professional development.
Associate of Science in Graphic Design
The graphic design associate program requires students to complete a total of 64 credits, including general education requirements. Students begin their graphic design curriculum with foundation courses, including web basics, drawing, and communication. The intermediate courses cover typography, layout and design, and Adobe Illustrator. Students complete the program with advanced graphic design courses, portfolio building, and an internship.
Seminole State College of Florida
The graphic design programs are housed within Seminole State College's Digital Arts and Media Department on the Heathrow Campus. The faculty is made up of professional designers who currently work in design fields. Graduates from the associate's degree program should be prepared to seek employment with advertising agencies.
Graphic Design Production Certificate
This is a 24-credit certificate program that focuses on digital design and concept development; students are prepared to create their own advertisements. The 8 required courses include topics like digital media fundamentals, publishing, and vector graphics.
Associate of Science in Media Design - Graphic Design
This program teaches students the skills they need to make professional digital designs and gain employment as graphic designers at advertising firms. The program includes 64 credits worth of classes, including the college's general education courses in English, humanities, and math. Design-specific courses cover Adobe Illustrator, portfolio creation, bitmap graphics, digital publishing, and layout and design. Students also must complete 6 credits of elective courses in art, digital media, or graphic design.
Florida Southern College
Florida Southern College (FSC) offers graphic design programs through the Department of Art and Art History, as well as an advertising design minor program through the Communication Department. FSC is home to its own chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Minor in Advertising Design
This is a 24-credit program that requires students to complete 6 classes. Topics covered include creative advertising campaigns, design basics, and desktop publishing. Students obtain professional skills in advertising communication and learn about meeting deadlines in the advertising world.
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
The B.A. program provides students with a liberal arts background, in addition to a studio-based graphic design education. Students are required to complete 40 credit hours of general education courses, 20 credit hours of B.A. courses, 8 credit hours of electives, and 56 credit hours of graphic design major courses. Drawing, digital photography, design basics, and print design are among the major course topics.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
The BFA program consists of 40 credit hours of general education and 16 credit hours of electives. Students must complete 72 credit hours of major requirements; topics include figure drawing, layout and typography, web design, and video art.
Other School Options
A couple of other schools in the Orlando area offer programs related to advertising design. Lake Technical Center is located around 36 miles away in Eustis and offers 2 different digital media certificates. Traviss Career Center is over 55 miles away in Lakeland and offers commercial art technology programs.