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Graphic Design
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- Monday thru Friday
Certificate Program -- 12 Semester credits
18 Weeks -- 540 Clock hours -- Cost $6500

Program Description

Graphic Design is for the student who wishes to pursue a career in the field of Digital Pre-Press, commonly known as Graphic Design. Today's field of graphic arts encompasses a wide spectrum of sophisticated skills, methods, processes and techniques. All printed materials, regardless of the process used, are produced in three operations: pre-press, on-press, and post-press. With the element of the World Wide Web upon us, the inspiration for creative graphics needs to be mastered. The student will use hands-on instruction along with instructor guidence to accomplish these skills. Upon the succesful completion of course requirements the student will recieve certification. High school diploma or equivalent for admission.

Computer & Internet Technology: 30 Clock Hours

During the last 15 years, we in education have moved at light speed in the area of educational technology. Whether you are involved in higher ed, or secondary ed, all of us find it difficult to catch up, keep up, and put up with fast-moving computer-based technology. Not since the introduction of the blackboard have we seen a piece of equipment make such a difference in how we learn. Today, not only do we use computers, but we also have laptops, wireless laptops, and tablet PCs. In addition, we have the World Wide Web.

Microsoft Word: 30 Clock Hours

Become familiar with Word for letter and report writing. Students will learn the use of tool bars to edit, format, cut, paste and correct errors in Word.

Graphic Tools for Design: 30 Clock Hours

Learn the essential planning and reference guides for preparation and production of typography along with electronic prepress imaging, printing and digital media.

Photoshop: 90 Clock Hours

Students will learn this premiere image-creating and editing program to round off their Graphic Design skills. Using a flatbed scanner, they will learn to scan and manipulate photo images or art work. They also will learn retouching and special effects and many more tips and tricks.

Illustrator: 90 Clock Hours

Used by many graphic designers today, Illustrator proves to be the leading drawing program. The student will learn how to use the drawing tools of this powerhouse drawing program. After creating illustrations, the student will also learn how to apply these techniques to other programs such as Photoshop, and Indesign.

InDesign: 90 Clock Hours

Welcome to Adobe InDesign. Rarely has the introduction of an application in graphics training caused as much excitement as this one. InDesign has some very revolutionary features to offer the graphic designer. The student will learn to utilize its powerful plug-ins as well as its typographical technology as it applies to the Desktop Publishing Revolution.

Flash: 90 Clock Hours

Flash is the professional standard for producing high-impact Web experiences. Flash delivers an intuitive, approachable authoring environment to enable both designers and developers to more easily create next-generation Web sites and applications.

Possible Fields of Employment
Film and Video Production, Television Production, Corporate/Business Identity Packages, Advertising and Marketing, Animation, Architectural Presentations, Interior Design, Publishing (Magazine, Newspaper, Books, Brochures, Annual Reports, etc.), Education, Engineering, Scientific/Criminal Justice Image Analysis & Publication, Medical/Dental Photo Manipulation, Executive Management, Finance/Banking, Real Estate, Fine Art/Illustration, Graphic Design, Commercial Art, Manufacturing, Multimedia, Professional Photography, Print Shops, Sales, Technical Publications, Large Scale Imagery (Billboards, Signs,
Bus Wraps, Structure Banners), E Commerce