Graphic Design Technology
- Award: Associate in Applied Science
- Credits: 60
- Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
- WIA Certified
About this Program
Graphic Design Technology is a highly competitive and rewarding career for those with a talent and/or interest in the graphic arts. Graphic Design Technology does not focus on the fine arts of painting and art historywe focus on the integration of technology with graphic design to train students to create communication materials (stationery, brochures, annual reports, newspaper layout, etc.) for print production. Within two years of training, individuals develop creatively and technically as they learn skills in photography, illustration, design and pre-press production Students become task-oriented by learning to meet deadlines, problem-solve and work efficiently. Our graduates are expected to be self-motivated and apply the skills they learn in the classroom outside of instruction time to strengthen their abilities. The Graphic Design Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the Graphic Design Technology industry. Students work on their own Macintosh laptop to complete coursework, so there is never a need to wait for an available computer. Owning individual laptops also allows each student to be mobile and work from anywhere at any time. Students will begin with foundation level work that includes learning about Macintosh technology, basic drawing, print process theories, technical computer illustration and basic design theories. They progress to higher levels of design theory and application, advanced illustration, photo manipulation using image editing software and page layout skills in a page layout computer application. Class curriculums consist of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on application, industry tours and lab work. We also guide our graduates in how to behave and work as a professional in our industry. Instructors teach from real world experience and as a result, students are prepared to produce industry-level design work that meets technical criteria for print production, as well as integrate professional expectations of meeting deadlines and being organized. The final result of a student's study is a comprehensive portfolio that showcases the student's technical and design skills. With the student's skills and portfolio obtained from study, the job market is open to receiving them as an efficient Graphic Design Technology employee.
- Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead 56560