Graphic Arts Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree

Program Description for Graphic Arts Technology

Student displaying workThe Graphic Arts Technology Program at Clinton Community College provides training for students with an interest in the field of Graphic Arts. Our two-year program has a proven track record in providing students the advanced, real-world skills needed to be successful.

Our classes and curriculum provide the core skills necessary for employment in the Graphic Arts Industry. Throughout the program, a strong emphasis is placed upon detail-oriented, on-time work. From day one students are placed into a team atmosphere where they learn constructive problem-solving techniques that can be applied to the every day problems they will face in the industry.

In addition, our curriculum is flexible enough so that students can further develop their skills in specific area(s) by choosing a minimum of two technical electives while in the program. These electives allow students to gain advanced or varied skills in website development, graphic design, prepress, press, photography, Photoshop and/or 3D Modeling and Animation.

Finally, students entering their fourth semester register for a cooperative work experience that offers them an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and get real world experience.

Award Options for Graphic Arts Technology

Career Options for Graphic Arts Technology

Jobs are available in advertising agencies, commercial printing companies, quick-print shops, publishing companies, newspapers, sign companies, companies with in-house graphics departments, etc. These jobs include:

  • Animators
  • Authors/Programmers
  • Bindery Personnel
  • CD-ROM Development
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Desktop Publisher/Graphic
  • Electronic Prepress Technician
  • Information Designer
  • On-Demand Printing
  • Specialist Photographer
  • Preflight Technician
  • Press Helper
  • Game Designer
  • Sales Representative
  • Web Page Designer


Job Outlook for Graphic Arts Technology

Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent, as fast as the average for all occupations from 2010 to 2020, as demand for graphic design continues to increase from advertisers and computer design firms. Median annual wages for graphic designers are $43.500. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,200, and the top 10 percent earned more than $76,910.

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