Graphic Arts

Contact:   Mr. Brad White   Phone: 794-1436 ext. 244





What You Will Be Able To Do:

  • All phases of digital imaging , layout, composition, platemaking, and press operation
  • Safety, layouts and design, desktop publishing, and imposition
  • Offset press, paper cutting, finishing and binding

This program provides students with information regarding safety, image preparation, press operations, and finishing operations in a laboratory setting. Instruction includes various computer operations, applications and procedures, type styles, desktop publishing, layout and design techniques, mechanical production files, formats, and technology in the work place. Students apply the elements of design and sharpen visual communication skills. They design projects that allow them to manipulate graphic applications and demonstrate mastery of these skills. Topics of study include interior design, fashion illustrations, computer and hand drawings, and exploration of software, package design, typography, and digital photography.

Earning Potential:   Graphic designers, entry-level, earn between $30,000 and $40,000 a year. Established designers make $37,000 to $52,000. Senior graphic designers, who may be in charge of supervising other designers, earn from $50,000 to $70,000 annually. For owners, partners, and principal designers of graphic design firms, median income is around $100,000 a year, though some make well over $150,000.

The Academic connection:  Students are exposed to modern technology used in the graphic arts industry.  Course content reflects standards established by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation.  Decision making and problem solving are emphasized as they relate to science, mathematics, communication, and social study skills.

College and Related Education:  This program prepares the student for employment in commercial art, printing, advertising, screen printing, and other related fields.  You must have your high school diploma is to become a graphic designer. You usually also need a bachelor's or associate degree in graphic design. You can (1) obtain a bachelor's degree in fine arts from a 4-year college. Some schools allow fine arts students to major in graphic design, while others offer graphic design as a concentration within a general fine arts program. (2) obtain an associate degree in an area related to graphic design from a 2-year college. or (3) attend an art school (sometimes called design schools). These schools offer bachelor's degree programs that deal specifically with graphic design and can provide more detailed graphic design training than some programs at 2-year and 4-year colleges.

Graphic Arts classes offered at DTC: 

  • Foundation of Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and , Communication
  • Introduction to Graphic Arts
  • Digital File Preparation
  • Advanced Digital File Preparation and Output
  • Graphic Illustration
  • Studio and Portfolio