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Program Description

The 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.

Student working on a test tube graohic on computer

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

  • Associate in Applied Science - Graphic Arts Technology

  • Diploma - Graphic Arts Technology

Career Options

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

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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