Graphic Communications


Occupational Objectives: The Career Studies Certificate in Graphic Communications is designed to prepare individuals for various entry-level positions or to upgrade existing skills to meet technology trends in the printing industry. Procedures and processes will be covered in both theory and/or hands-on application.

Students complete the program will develop competencies in the following areas:

  • Mathematical concepts for practical application
  • Basic understanding of various printing processes
  • Desktop publishing techniques including Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Understanding of the varieties, properties, handling and printing characteristics of paper and inks
  • Understanding of safety and health issues and of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
  • Understanding of the current trends in technology in the field

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of reproduction processes.
  2. Demonstrate technical and skill competencies in the area of lithography complete laboratory projects.
  3. Use graphic design software to complete laboratory projects.
  4. Discuss the aspects of lithographic chemistry as it relates to the printing industry.

The program is structured as follows:

Course Sequence

Course   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
PNT 110 Survey of Processes 2 3 3
PNT 211 Electronic Publishing I 2 2 3
PNT 135  Print Imaging  1 3 2
PNT 221 Layout & Design I 2 3 3
PNT 298 Seminar & Project 2 0 2
ART 180 Intro to Computer Graphics 2 3 3
  Total Minimum Credits   11 14 16

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