Certificate of Completion | 34-36 credits minimum
Visual Art & Design Division
South City Campus
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-3361
Academic and Career Advising
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Visual Art & Design Department Concurrent Enrollment Liaison(s)
Trudy Richardson - Concurrent Enrollment Liaison, Instructor, BFA Drawing & Painting
Students with an aptitude in creative problem solving, drawing, design, photography and/or computer related visual communication should consider this rapidly expanding and competitive field. The Visual Art & Design Department allows students to specialize in the following areas: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia, Photography, Web Design, and Graphic Communications Technologies.
Students who elect to pursue a Certificate of Completion in Graphic Communications Technologies will prepare themselves for entry level work in the graphic communications industry (printing). In this certificate program students use standard software programs, basic printing techniques, and technical procedures to prepare materials for both traditional publishing (printing) and new digital publishing technologies (tables and digital devices).
Upon completion of this certificate, students may find entry-level design and layout positions in the Graphic Communications industry including but not limited to printing, publishing, and web design related careers. Students may elect to work in customer service, sales, production coordination, estimating, or prepress, etc…
This certificate is currently not transferable to four-year institutions; however, some of the General Education components are transferable. The Visual Art & Design Department is committed to general and pre-professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis.
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
In addition to tuition and fees, and depending on chosen electives, Graphic Communications Technologies students may expect to pay an estimated $500 for books and supplied needed for class projects in this one-year program.
Course fees: Approximately $250 for all course fees to complete program.
- Press Supplies
- Computers, software and supplies
- Servers, hosting, and storage space
Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the recommended semester schedule, completion time is four semesters.
Program Entry Requirements
Required: High School Diploma or equivalent.
Recommended: Artistic and technical aptitude, familiarity with computers is essential.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes
||Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
||1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
Read and comprehend selected educational materials relevent to current industry trends.
Read and comprehend selected educational materials relevant to the history and establishment of the printing industry.
Understand proper safety regulations for working in an OSHA compliant environment.
Create comprehensive print-ready and ready publication files that meet industry standards.
Create a detailed checklist of the information needed to create print-ready and digital project files.
Participate in both in-class and online discussions using proper grammar and well thought out responeses.
Prepare and present new ideas and concepts to a groups of students through class presentations and group work.
Prepare artwork for print and digital outputs from design through file preparation using industry leading software.
Output projects using multiple printing processes including digital, offset, and screen printing.
Prepare artwork as color separations, knock outs, overprints, and with variable data printing when applicable.
Safely operate printing press equipment, print, and finish projects.
Use critical thinking skills to prepare complex impositions, die lines, and other pertinent graphic arts industry skills.
Use basic math calculations to estimate job pricing, commissions, discounts, cost centers, budgeted hourly rates, and paper pricing.
Learn how math is used in the graphic arts industry by calculating basic paper weights, resolution and image sizes, and other math related problems.
Use industry standart software to complete print-ready documents.
Use industry standard software to complete digital publications.
Master industry standard prepress file preparation techniques.
Tour and/or intern at graphic communications industry companies.