Graphic Imaging Technology

Award: Diploma

Length: A full-time student may complete this program in two years, which includes one summer term.

Purpose: The Graphic Imaging Technology program is designed to prepare you for full-time employment in occupations related to the Graphics Arts Industry.

Occupational Objectives: The following occupational titles represent examples of possible

Employment Opportunities:

  • Color Technician
  • Computer Design Artist
  • Digital Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Electronic Pre-Press Technician
  • Estimator
  • Manager
  • Press Operator
  • Salesperson
  • Bindery & Finishing Worker

Admission Requirements: Entry into this curriculum may be attained by meeting the general admission requirements established for the College. If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Description: The Graphic Imaging Technology program provides both the practical experience and technical knowledge required for a career in the many phases of graphics. Laboratory experiences give you the skills and understanding of the complexities of the graphic imaging trades. The curriculum includes basic courses in general education to assist you in social and business communications and to prepare you to meet the obligations of a citizen in the American democratic society.

Program Requirements: To receive a Diploma in Graphic Imaging Technology, you must complete a minimum of 72 credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better. The credits are distributed according to the following outline. This outline represents a typical order of courses taken by full-time day students. Part-time students may take courses in any desired sequence, except for hyphenated courses or others requiring prerequisites.

Course Sequence

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ART 180 Intro to Computer Graphics 2 3 5 3
PNT 110 Survey of Reproductive Processes 2 3 5 3
PNT 130 Applied Math for Graphics 2 2 4 3
PNT 131 Principles of Lithography I 3 3 6 4
PNT 135 Print Imaging 1 3 4 2
PNT 298 Seminar & Project 2 0 2 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
  13 14 27 18
Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ENG 131 Technical Report Writing (or approved sub.) 3 0 3 3
ART 283 Computer Graphics I 2 4 6 4
PNT 141 Printing Applications I 1 4 5 3
PNT 211 Electronic Publishing 2 2 4 3
PNT 221 Layout & Design I 2 3 5 3
  10 13 23 16
Third Semester (Summer) Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
PNT 142 Printing Applications 2 2 3 3
ART 281 Illustration for Designers 2 2 3 3
PNT 222 Layout & Design II 2 3 5 3
PNT 260 Color Separation 2 3 5 3
  8 10 18 12
Fourth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ART 287 Portfolio & Resume Preparation 2 2 4 3
ART 266 Package Design 2 2 4 3
PNT 251 Offset Press Operations I 3 3 6 4
PNT 265 Digital Imaging Applications 3 3 6 4
  10 10 20 14
Fifth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ECO 100 Elementary Economics (or approved sub) 3 0 3 3
PNT 241 Advanced Printing Applications I 1 4 5 3
PNT 231 Lithographic Chemistry 2 0 2 2
PNT 245 Production Planning & Estimating 3 3 6 4
  9 7 16 12

Total Minimum Credits for a Diploma in Graphic Imaging Technology: 72