Graphic Communications Technology – Computer Imaging and Composition – Certificate of Achievement, Associate in Science Degree

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.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Semester I
GRFX 010INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY2
GRFX 199INTRODUCTION TO DESKTOP PUBLISHING3
BIT 010BASIC COMPUTER KEYBOARDING1
BIT 107BUSINESS SOFTWARE-WINDOWS1
Select one of the following:6
BASIC COMPOSITION AND IMAGING
BASIC DIGITAL IMAGING
and ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING -WEB
Semester II
GRFX 031ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND IMAGING6
GRFX 035INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC PREPRESS2
Semester III
GRFX 245ABASIC PHOTOSHOP TECHNIQUES FOR GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY3
GRFX 222INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL IMAGING-PRINT3
Semester IV
GRFX 036ELECTRONIC IMAGE ASSEMBLY1
GRFX 190IMAGING TECHNIQUES FOR LARGE FORMAT PRINTING2
Total Units30

Recommended Electives

BUS 112BUSINESS ENGLISH3
CIS 010INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
PHOT 030INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL IMAGE EDITING3
PHOT 130ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGE EDITING3
GRFX 300APRODUCTION PRINTING2
GRFX 300BPRODUCTION PRINTING2
GRFX 103INK, PAPER AND QUALITY CONTROL2
GRFX 104BINDERY AND FINISHING OPERATIONS2

Visit the Program Mapper for a suggested sequence of courses.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree