North Central College - Naperville, IL

Graphic Arts

Why choose graphic arts at North Central College?

In our graphic arts track, part of the interactive media studies major, you’ll dedicate yourself to digital multimedia design. Between projects in and out of the classroom and internships, you’ll learn to communicate visually through digital media … and you’ll produce a portfolio you'll be proud to show employers, graduate school recruiters and freelance clients.

You can also:

  • Utilize a full-scale lab equipped with the cutting-edge, industry-standard hardware and software required for high-intensity graphic creation.
  • Access Mac and PC graphics labs dedicated exclusively to declared IMS majors and minors.
  • Enroll in cross-disciplinary and team-taught courses with art, computer science, English and communications faculty.
  • Compete for graphic arts scholarships.
  • Gain hands-on experience by submitting work to the online magazine, Viewfinder.

News

North Central College hosts the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 to help aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.
North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.
U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

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Internships

  • Graphic design intern, Sightmark Inc. / SpeediSign, Naperville
  • Gaming website editor, GamesRadar / Future US, South San Francisco, CA
  • Web media creator, North Central College
  • Production design, Sourcebooks, Inc., Naperville
  • IMS in food marketing, FutureCeuticals, Momence, IL
  • Graphic designer, Fastsigns, Naperville
  • Intern, Flavorchem, Downers Grove, IL
Graphic Arts major

Aiste Kairys works full time in addition to attending North Central full time, but her busy schedule doesn’t stop her from making the most of what North Central has to offer. “You get chances here, so take them. They’ll work to your advantage.”

After completing high school in Lithuania, Aiste moved to the United States, earned a degree and began work in the accounting field. But Aiste has always been creative and she decided the graphic arts track of the interactive media studies major could foster her creative side. Although she commutes, Aiste is active on campus. She serves on a research committee that evaluates prospective faculty for interactive media studies and regularly contributes to the...

Graphic Arts major

Amber was more than a student at North Central College. She also was a designer, reporter, artist, photographer and researcher.

“North Central offers multiple opportunities,” she says. “The Interactive Media Studies program gives students the ability to craft the major in the direction of their choosing.”

For Amber, that meant lots of graphic arts. She built up her knowledge of 3D modeling and animation through her coursework, and she conducted a research study—funded by a North Central College Richter grant—that focused on best practices in 3D animation. She interviewed various artists in downtown...

Graphic Arts and Sociology double major

Sam, an IMS major with a concentration in graphic arts, thumbs through the North Central catalog with excitement. "There are lots of options here, and you don't have to limit yourself to any one tool or medium,” she says. “I’ll be taking classes in Web design, Flash animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and learning how they all work together." As a student worker in the College's office of marketing and communications, Samantha has already learned that proficiency in multiple programs increases her value as an employee. To date she has worked on print ads, Web banner ads and posters, seen all over campus.

Graphic Arts major

Nick was initially drawn to North Central for its strong and storied programs in men’s cross country and track and field. When it came to academics, he was attracted to the graphic arts program in interactive media studies (IMS).

“For me, graphic arts really stood out from the others.” He appreciated the major’s interdisciplinary coursework and enjoyed taking classes in speech communication, English, computer science and more. “Having these different course experiences helps you break into the job market.”

In graphic arts, Nick took courses in typography and digital illustration and learned from professors with real field experience. He also spent many hours in North Central’s state-of-the-art...