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Graphic Arts Technology

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Graphic Arts Technology
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Do you enjoy working with computers? Have a creative eye for design? Enjoy photography and the arts? Like to play video games and dabble in Web design and animation?  The Graphic Arts Technology Certificate program is offered for students who are interested in Graphic Arts.   This program teaches design principles for the creation of advertising and publishing materials such as letterheads, business cards, ads, fliers, brochures and tablet

Careers in commercial printing and multimedia publishing are booming, but they’ve changed tremendously in the past few years. Do you have the cutting-edge computer skills to succeed in today’s job market?

Hone your computer and design skills in the fast-paced, creative arena of electronic pre-press, desktop publishing, graphic design and digital photography. The Graphic Arts Technology Certificate gives you the preparation you’ll need for a career in digital arts by combining a strong background in traditional skills with training in state-of-the-art software, hardware and business management techniques. Input from industry professionals ensures that we provide the kind of training that employers want, right now.

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Digital Imaging Technology encompasses a wide range of career possibilities, and salaries vary according to the type and size of business.  Graphic Arts students could work for government agencies, state agencies or in business and industry.

Some career paths include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Press operator
  • Pre-press technician
  • Studio or wedding photographer
  • Web designer
  • Entry-level 3-D artist


  • ENGL 0313
  • ENGL 0323
  • MATH 0302
  • PSYC 0200
  • PSYC 0300
Program Duration: Three semesters.  An additional semester of basic skills courses may be required depending on student’s prior training/education.
Lab Kit:  $130 to be paid at the time of registration
Students who lack proficiency in sign communication may be required to enroll in SLNG 1304, SLNG 1305 or SLNG 1344 until proficiency is attained.
Students who lack a proficiency in keyboarding speed and accuracy may be required to enroll in POFT 1127 until proficiency is attained.


First Semester
Course    Semester Hours
GRPH 1305   3
ARTC 1313   3
ARTC 1302   3
1ARTS 1316   3
Total    12

Second Semester
Course    Semester Hours
ARTC 1327   3
ARTC 2313   3
ARTC 1353   3
1ARTS 1317   3
Total    12

Third Semester
Course    Semester Hours
ARTC 2335   3
GRPH 23882   3
Elective3   3
Elecitve3   3
Total    12

Total Hours   36

1Howard College Courses
2Capstone course—Students must provide their own transportation to and from internship sites.
3Elective(s) may be selected from the following:  ARTS 1311, ARTS 1312, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2326, ARTS 2327, or a course approved by the Division Director.


 Course Information: SWCID Catalog

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