Degrees
Computer Graphics AAS

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Carroll's Computer Graphics program renders great results with state-of-the-art technology, small class sizes, real-world applications and expert faculty.

A graphic designer uses images, typography, layouts and color to meet their client’s design and marketing objectives, combining creativity and computer competencies with the understanding of technical specifications while also working within budget limitations.

Graphic designers are expected to have job growth of 24-26% between now and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, graphic designers who can also do web programming and other types of mobile design are expected to be in higher demand in the next 5 to 10 years. Lastly, those who work with 3-D graphics and have skills using animation software are expected to have a better than average job growth between now and 2024.

Carroll’s Computer Graphics program equips graduates with both the technical and creative skills essential to qualify for a wide range of graphic design jobs or acceptance into degree-granting institutions. We provide students with real-world clients, simulated design projects and other opportunities to learn the latest design principles, techniques and processes. Graduates will become critical thinkers and effective visual communicators, and learn to conceptualize and synthesize information. 

Why Carroll for your AAS degree in Computer Graphics:

  • Career-focused program teaches you the latest design techniques using industry-standard software.
  • You work closely with industry professionals and quality instructors.
  • Carroll prepares you to be highly competitive at 4-year transfer institutions.

    Testimonials

    “My experience with the CGR program at Carroll has been full of challenges, great experiences and even greater rewards. Thanks to the support of the faculty while building my portfolio, I got my first real web design job before I even finished my degree!”

    Bobby Hough 

    “The Computer Graphics program and faculty at Carroll Community College encouraged and challenged me so that I was a valuable and competitive employee right out of school. I was able to transition to a full-time position in the industry immediately and was praised for my preparedness for the position.”

    –Chris Ohm

    “The courses and professors gave me the opportunity to flourish and grow. They cared about my progress and saw my potential. Because of the flexibility of the courses, I was able to grow on my own path and distinguish the avenue of employment that was right for me. Through the program, I earned a valuable internship opportunity that led to a full-time position because of the experience I gained.”

    –Stephanie Linz 

    Computer Graphics AAS

    Faculty Advisor: Dana Champney Phone: 410-386-8246 Email: dchampney@carrollcc.edu The Computer Graphics program focuses on the development of information design skills used in the fields of print design, multimedia design and web design. Students learn to analyze client needs and create effective design solutions. The first "phase" of courses provides students with the fundamental principles and practices required by all the design professions. Emphasis is focused on developing concepts and carrying them through to finished professional designs. The course work allows students to enhance both their creativity and design sense through a variety of real world projects. Since employers today put emphasis on communication literacy, all CGR courses build upon and support the major General Education Core Competency requirements of the College. A graphic designer uses creativity, images, typography, layouts and color to meet their client's design and marketing objectives by combining creativity and computer competencies with the understanding of technical specifications, while working within budget limitations. The Computer Graphics program prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions within an ever-expanding industry. Graduates can work in design studios, printing companies, advertising agencies, television stations, web development companies, interactive multimedia studios and in-house corporate art departments. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not.

    Computer Graphics Requirements

    General Education Requirements

    Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. 

    FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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     Dana Champney is the Program Director & Senior Lecturer of Carroll’s Computer Graphics program.

      Contact: Phone: 410-386-8246 Email: dchampney@carrollcc.edu

    Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Computer Graphics education by earning an AAS degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 

    The Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Graphics consists of 4 semesters of full-time study.

    Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information. 

    Where can you go with an AAS degree in Graphic Design?

    The Computer Graphics program prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions within an ever-expanding industry. Graduates can work in design studios, printing companies, advertising agencies, television stations, web development companies, interactive multimedia studios, in-house corporate art departments, etc. 

    Students can transfer to Towson University, Stevenson University, University of Baltimore, UMUC, York College, Hood College, Notre Dame of Maryland, Full Sail University, SCAD and many others. Students of this program should check with their chosen 4-year transfer institution; while many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not. 

    What electives should I take? 

    Our flexible electives prepare you for a variety of design professions. See the CURRICULUM section for complete list of electives.

    Do you have internships? 

    Yes, CGR-199 is available for internships in Computer Graphics.

    Where should I transfer?

    Students can transfer to Towson University, Stevenson University, University of Baltimore, UMUC, York College, Hood College, Notre Dame of Maryland, Full Sail University, SCAD and many others.

    Can I get a job when I graduate?

    Our program prepares you for statewide and national employment.

    Best Design Award

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    A team of three Carroll Community College Computer Graphics students—Christopher Becker of Westminster, Bobby Hough of Sykesville and Samantha Lipscomb of Taneytown—won the “Best Design Award” for their original app entered in the 2018 Carroll County Hackathon competition. 

    The team created HealthMe, a free wellness app that promotes the well-being of its users through user check-ins, caretaker alerts and mental disorder self-assessments.


    The Computer Graphics program focuses on the development of information design skills used in the fields of print design, multimedia design and web design. Students learn to analyze client needs and create effective design solutions.

    The first phase of courses provides students with the fundamental principles and practices required by all the design professions, with a focus on developing concepts and carrying them through to finished professional designs. The coursework allows students to enhance both their creativity and design sense through a variety of real world projects.

    Since employers today put emphasis on communication literacy, all CGR courses build upon and support the major General Education Core Competency requirements of the College.

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