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What is Design?

Design is everywhere - it's what drew you to the last piece of furniture you bought, and it's what made online banking possible. It's made London taxi cabs easier to get in and out of, and it made Stella McCartney's name. It's driving whole business cultures and making sure environments from hospitals to airports are easier to navigate.

The single word "design" encompasses an awful lot. Design work is creative, fast-paced and in demand by most businesses. Sinclair College has two design areas of study within its department - Interior Design and Visual Communications (also known as Graphic Arts).

This area of study might be for you if:

  • You enjoy communicating with, and listening to, others;
  • Creativity flows through you;
  • You're a master mutitasker; requiring adaptability & flexibility;
  • You have attention to detail, integrity and dependability;
  • You look at space and imagine ways to make it not only look good, but more efficient

Why major in Design?

The goal of Sinclair’s design programs are to provide state-of-the-art instruction aimed at helping you develop real-world job skills. With a projected 4-7% growth in design jobs over the next 10 years within the Dayton region, there are many career opportunities for you to explore like: graphic/web/interactive designer, prepress operator, exhibit designer, package designer, advertising/marketing, print publication, television graphics, environmental designer, residential or commercial designer, kitchen and bath design, color consultant and professional organizer.

For those students interested in furthering their education, we have articulation agreements with Art Academy of Cincinnati (Graphic Design), Columbus College of Art & Design (Advertising & Graphic Design or Interior Design), Franklin University (Interactive Media Design) and WSU-Lake Campus (Graphic Design or Multimedia Design).

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Building 13, Room 214
P: 937-512-4505
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Department Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by email or phone only. Please leave a detailed message.

Department Open Lab Hours:
Scheduled Open Lab time beginning January 18, 2022  (Room 13-325):
(Please note: start date and hours are subject to change)

       Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
       Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
       Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
       Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Master Tutor is available to assist students via Zoom meeting (V) or in person (OL).  
(Please note: Hours are subject to change.)
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (OL); 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. (V)
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (V); 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (OL)
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (OL); 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (OL)

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Sinclair Community College has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 2002.

Department Mission Statement

The Department is committed to helping students prepare for successful careers in the Design industries, helping each student identify their unique growth potential, enhance their ability to think critically and communicate effectively, develop their creative problem-solving and technical skills; and set high personal standards of quality and success.

To ensure the quality of its programs, the department is committed to process learning, anticipating industry needs, exposure to leading-edge technologies, supporting development and training opportunities for faculty and staff, and updating program curriculum based on design and technology trends, and feed back from industry professionals.

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Associate of Applied Science
The program prepares students for careers in the creative, detail-oriented field of interior design. Students will develop the knowledge and technical skills necessary to design an interior. Developing floor plans and selecting and coordinating colors, floor and wall coverings are common tasks performed by interior designers. They also place furniture, fixture and cabinetry, and prepare drawings, cost estimates and contracts. Sustainability, building codes, the ADA and basic business practices are included, as well as the development of individual design portfolios. View Full Program Details
The program prepares students for careers in visual communication which is creative, fast paced and in demand by most businesses. Students will develop the knowledge and technical skills necessary to create both printed and digital design work. This includes the design of stationery, brochures, magazines, advertising, packaging, signage, web pages, interactive media and other pieces. Creativity, problem solving and the design process are stressed. Advanced computer skills, portfolio development and job-seeking strategies are also incorporated into the curriculum. View Full Program Details
Short-term Technical Certificate

This certificate provides an introduction to the design process including hand sketching, development of thumbnails, digital illustration and imaging, page layout; and, composition techniques to support a variety of entry-level design positions. Students will be exposed to the latest version of the Adobe products.

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This certificate provides an introduction to the digital design process and digital applications that are used by designers to create interactive media. Specifically, students will learn the basics of design principles and layouts for interactive media, including web development, 2D animation, video, media optimization and file management to provide support in a variety of entry-level design positions. Students will be exposed to the latest version of the Adobe products.

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Post Associate Certificate in Interior Design Go to Program Details Display Program Description
The certificate will provide an introduction to REVIT, construction drawings, materials and application; and kitchen and bath designs to support additional academic requirements to gain eligibility to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. View Full Program Details
Processes for Interior Design Go to Program Details Display Program Description

This certificate provides students with an introduction in the field of interior design. It will include the following introduction to the design process: problem solving techniques, space planning, production selection, ADA compliancy, ergonomics, lighting, color, furniture placement and accessorizing, scaled floor plan, elevation and detail drawings, defining/applying architectural and interior-related materials, estimating/budgeting products, writing specifications; and, presentation skills.

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