Degree Programs

Graphic Communication: Graphic Arts Technology AAS


Graduates of this program connect the technology of the computer with the printing press. The world of digital graphics requires people who can make the connection between graphic design and printing. Graphic arts technologists understand design and can communicate in the language of the designer. They understand how jobs are printed and what technical requirements are necessary to meet the client’s expectations. Combining technology and creativity, graphic arts technology is a combination of electronic pre-press and graphic design. The degree leads to careers in printing technology, printing marketing and sales, digital pre-press, and presswork. Tools used in the program are required, costing approximately $100. See Certificate Programs section for related certificate instruction. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 The program will provide opportunities for students who have interest in beginning careers as professionals in graphic arts technology.
  • Graduates of the program will be employed in various sectors of the graphic arts industry.
Goal 2 The program will enable students to begin careers as graphic technologists or transfer to 4-year programs at other institutions.
  • Graduates of the program transfer with full junior status to a four-year institution in a related field of study.
Goal 3 The program will provide various career opportunities in graphic arts technology.
  • Students of the program will interact with a diverse student program population.
Goal 4 The program will serve the community by providing well trained employees to fill positions in the local graphic arts industry.
  • Graduates of the program will start new businesses and will continue to hire future graduates.
Goal 5 The program will prepare students to communicate in a manner appropriate to the subject area.
  • Students will make articulate, persuasive and influential presentations when producing projects.
Goal 6 Students will use planning to successfully organize production work flow.
  • Students will effectively use and understand planning documents used in the production of projects.
Goal 7 Students will effectively interact with each other and with faculty in a production environment.
  • Students will work with each other and faculty to successfully complete projects.
Goal 8 Students will demonstrate logical thinking and solve quantitative problems in the subject area.
  • Students will successfully demonstrate procedures used in graphic art measurement and the geometry of layout.
Goal 9 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
GD101 Foundation Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for reproduction. It includes the fundamentals of perspective, the theory of light and shade, and a survey of graphic representation. Projects are executed using line, value, form, texture, space, and proportion. See when this course is offered ...
GD121 Digital Typography
This course covers the fundamentals of typesetting and typography. It includes a study of the development of type designs, typesetting methods, type measurement, and page layout. Computers are used to prepare multi-color mechanicals while becoming familiar with one or more software programs appropriate for typesetting and page construction. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
GD110 Digital Design
This course introduces the principles, techniques, and technologies used to produce graphic design on the computer. The visual elements and language of graphic design are taught through the demonstration and mastery of programs and problem-solving methods. It includes becoming technically proficient in the use of software, learning the methodology of graphic design, and demonstrating problem-solving ability. See when this course is offered ...
GD141 Digital Illustration
This course introduces computer graphics and digital illustration by using desktop computers, video interfacing equipment, desktop scanners, and other devices to generate and output computer graphic images. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
GT122 Digital Prepress
This course introduces prepress procedures that include document layout on the desktop computer, digital image assembly, planning and preparation for production, and printing output procedures. It provides practical, hands-on experience with equipment, materials and knowledge used in the industry and in subsequent courses. Prerequisite: GD121 Digital Typography. See when this course is offered ...
GT123 Intro to Offset Presswork
This course provides the opportunity to learn basic skills of offset presswork sufficient for entry-level jobs. It covers the general capabilities and characteristics of the offset press. Essential press components such as cylinders, inks, dampeners, feeders and delivery systems are stressed. It includes the fundamentals of negative stripping and platemaking using additive and subtractive plates. Prerequisite: GD121 Digital Typography. See when this course is offered ...
PT126 Basic Photography
This course introduces photography and the photograph as a medium of the graphic communicator. It covers photographic principles and procedures, including how to operate a 35mm adjustable camera, develop black-and-white film, make contact prints, and enlargements. The aesthetics of the photograph, and its use as a medium of graphic communications, is emphasized. See when this course is offered ...
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
GD142 Digital Imaging
This course introduces digital imaging technologies impacting graphic communication. It explores the potential of imaging software, scanners, dye sublimation printers, and other technologies. The use of digital media and the creation of computer-based imagery are emphasized. It is balanced between aesthetic potential and technological mastery. It covers input image and text, and how to combine and manipulate those visual elements. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
GC124 Screen Printing
This course consists of lecture, demonstration and hands-on experiences in screen printing production. Instruction will be given in the selection and preparation of materials, screen printer set up, screen printer operation and troubleshooting as well as other materials, information and equipment necessary to produce jobs using the screen printing process. Students will use a desktop system to prepare the artwork for production. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Social Science 3cr
GT221 Prepress Procedures
This course covers the design and production of projects using computer software for the creation of graphic images, typesetting, and color separation. Corequisite: GT122 Digital Prepress. See when this course is offered ...
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra See when this course is offered ...
General Education Elective (Tier 2)
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
GD215 Graphic Design Theory 3
This course explores visual problem-solving as it relates to publication design. Design principles are tested by applying them to magazine cover design, brochure design, and annual reports. Experimentation in several areas of publication design is encouraged. Prerequisites: GD121 Digital Typography; and GD142 Digital Imaging or PT207 Digital Photography. See when this course is offered ...
GT222 Printing Production
This course concentrates on production procedures pertaining to offset lithography. It provides experience in the operation of printing presses and the creation and reproduction of projects through hands-on experience with available laboratory equipment. Professional practices are discussed and emphasized. The student portfolio is examined, discussed, and strengthened throughout the course. Prerequisite: GT221 Prepress Procedures. See when this course is offered ...
GC298 Internship
This course covers work in industrial, educational, and commercial establishments to gain experience in the field. Locations include printers, in-house graphics facilities, magazines and newspapers, colleges, advertising agencies, and design firms. Students work under the supervision of a designated mentor and participate in classroom activities to share experiences. An interview may be required for participation in internships. Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean for Arts and Humanities. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Social Science 4cr
Tier 2 General Education Elective
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...

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