Graphic Design Schools in Reno, NV with Degree Summaries

Sep 25, 2018

Research graphic design programs in Reno, NV, which currently has two colleges within 25 miles of the downtown offering relevant programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Reno, NV, Schools with Graphic Design Programs

Unfortunately, the Reno area does not have any schools offering programs specifically in graphic design. However, the area does have a community and 4-year college that offer similar courses of study in graphic communication, which are summarized below. Aspiring designers will also find a table with key school information, such as tuition.

  • Truckee Meadows Community College has certificate and associate's degree programs in graphic communications. At 1.7 miles, the college is the closer of the two featured schools to downtown Reno.
  • Western Nevada College is a 4-year school located in nearby Carson City, 24.7 miles from Reno's downtown. The college's graphic communications programs lead to a certificate or an associate's degree.

Comparison of Schools

As noted on the table below, the two featured schools offer the same undergraduate tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students, and both have open admissions policies. Future graphic designers can also find information about campus settings, enrollment and graduation rates.

Truckee Meadows Community College Western Nevada College
School Type 2-year; public community college 4-year; public college
Total Enrollment (2017) 10,720* 3,642*
Campus Setting Midsize city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,075 in-state; $9,853 out-of-state* $3,045 in-state; $9,823 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 72%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 63% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate 28%; 10% transfer-out rate (for those who started in Fall 2014)* 25%; 29% transfer-out rate (for those who started in Fall 2011)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Truckee Meadows Community College

This community college offers certificate and associate's degree programs for students who want to learn how to create visual graphics. Students will learn about industry programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Soundbooth.

Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications

This program is comprised of 30 credits. Graduates should be prepared for entry-level jobs in advertising design, graphic design or computer graphics. In addition to taking general education requirements, students take classes in storyboarding, 3-D modeling and digital video. Courses in web design and motion graphics are also part of this program.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Communications

To earn an AAS in Graphic Communications, students complete 61 credits of coursework. General education courses in communications, social science and math are required. All students develop a portfolio to prepare them for work, while learning about graphic technologies and software. Core courses include drawing, motion graphics, design thinking and typography. Students can then take electives like color and design, web design, digital video, electronic imaging and more.

Western Nevada College

This college offers a certificate and an associate's degree in graphic communications through its Communications and Fine Arts Division. The certificate and AAS programs require 30 and 60 credits of coursework respectively.

Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications

Students have to take general education and graphic communications courses in this program. They'll also learn about computer graphics, color and design, web design and electronic layout.

AAS in Graphic Communications

Students in this degree program learn how to draw, design for websites, animate and work with typography. General educational courses are necessary. Other required courses included painting, web design, color and design and electronic imaging. All students are required to develop a professional portfolio.

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