AA in Design Technology

A well-rounded education adds more color to your future in the design industry. Combining a Graphics Technology certificate from Washburn Tech and an associate degree from Washburn University can move you a step ahead in the job market. This field offers a wide range of opportunities. By earning an associate degree in Design Technology, you will learn more about communication, psychology, math and history. Those skills add value to whatever you pursue from working for an agency to someday owning your own company. An added bonus is the cost. Washburn Tech students, pursuing an eligible associate degree at Washburn, may qualify for reduced tuition. Enroll now and make a wise investment in yourself and your future.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $43,910on campus

Design Technology Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Graphics Technology program earn a certificate by completing 48-credit hours on the Washburn Tech campus. To earn an associate degree at Washburn, students complete an additional 27-credit hours on the main campus. You must begin working on your associate degree within six years of the Washburn Tech certificate date. You also must complete Washburn's associate degree requirements within six years of your start date at Washburn. Some Washburn University courses may have prerequisites or require placement scores. Talk to an advisor in the School of Applied Studies for more information.

Why pursue an associate degree at Washburn? The courses you complete provide a well-rounded education that can enhance your opportunities in the job market. Expand your knowledge by enrolling in the following courses: 

  • Technology courses will introduce you to the development of technology and its impact on today's world.
  • Communication courses will help you better communicate with employers, employees and people in general.
  • Psychology courses will help you better understand people's actions.
  • English courses will assist in writing a resume or in an office setting.
  • Music and/or art courses help relay the benefits of relaxation and hobbies.
  • Math courses will boost your skills when taking measurements and making calculations.
  • History and political courses explore what is happening around the globe and how you can participate.
One of the top benefits is the cost! Students who are concurrently enrolled in 12-credit hours at Washburn Tech are eligible for reduced tuition while completing their associate degree at Washburn University. To ensure you enroll in eligible courses, check with the WU School of Applied Studies advisor for more information at nicole.vavra@washburn.edu.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions. Prospects will be best for applicants who keep up with the latest design trends, technologies and techniques. In particular, employment of graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow. Companies are continuing to increase their digital presence, which requires graphic designers to help create visually appealing layouts and content.

Entry-Level Salary

$29,960

Projected Annual Openings

61
(in Kansas)

Job Growth

+4%

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