Program Description

The curriculum prepares students to work in the imaging and electronic prepress areas of Graphic Communications industry. The program qualifies students to seek employment in entry-level and intermediate positions as electronic prepress technicians, digital color specialists and digital prepress operators.

Instruction is provided on Macintosh computers and specialized imaging equipment typically found in the production and prepress areas of the printing industry. Emphasis is on technical skills, common software applications and proper use of scanners, computers and digital output systems.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the academic and technical skills required to enter a career in Graphic Communications Technology.
  2. Explain the ethical and social responsibilities that apply to a career in the Graphic Communications Technology field.
  3. Explain the safety aspects of teamwork as it applies to the production requirements in the field of Graphic Communications Technology.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the career paths available in Screen Printing, Electronic Prepress and Digital Imaging professions.
  5. Understand the technical steps to good typographical and imaging skills for high-end print production.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 30 units

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • GRFX 010 - Introduction to Graphic Communications Technology (2)
  • GRFX 199 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing (3)
  • BIT 010 - Basic Computer Keyboarding (1)
  • BIT 107 - Business Software-Windows (1)
  • GRFX 030 - Basic Composition and Imaging (6)

or in place of GRFX 030:

  • GRFX 220 - Basic Digital Imaging (3)
  • GRFX 221 - Advanced Digital Imaging-Web (3)

Semester II

  • GRFX 031 - Advanced Composition and Imaging (6)
  • GRFX 035 - Introduction to Electronic Prepress (2)

Semester III

  • GRFX 245A - Basic Photoshop Techniques for Graphic Communications Technology (3)
  • GRFX 222 - Intermediate Digital Imaging-Print (3)

Semester IV

  • GRFX 036 - Electronic Image Assembly (1)
  • GRFX 190 - Imaging Techniques for Large Format Printing (2)

Recommended Electives

  • BUS 112 - Business English (3)
  • CIS 010 - Introduction to Information Systems (3)
  • PHOT 030 - Introduction to Digital Image Editing (3)
  • PHOT 130 - Advanced Digital Image Editing (3)
  • GRFX 192 - Introduction to Web Authoring (3)
  • GRFX 300A - Production Printing (2)
  • GRFX 300B - Production Printing (2)
  • GRFX 103 - Ink, Paper and Quality Control (2)
  • GRFX 104 - Bindery and Finishing Operations (2)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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