Graphics Technology Program

The Graphics Technology Program combines the most essential skills from desktop publishing and graphic design to prepare students for a career in one of the top six fastest growing careers in the nation. Through hands-on projects, students will study and apply the techniques and tools it takes to create powerful and intelligent visual communications. Students build skill in developing the images used in a variety of creative projects including brochures, posters and advertisements as well as the skill for design, layout, and formatting of these materials. Students build a strong foundation for a career by learning design techniques, visual thinking, and typography through applied learning.

Potential Job Titles

  • Graphic Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Ad Designer
  • Logo Designer

Salary Data

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that in the year 2000, median annual earnings for graphic designers were $34,570 with most designers earning between $20,000 and $60,000. Earnings will vary greatly according to market size.

Course Schedule

Graphics Technology A.A.S. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ART-115 Graphic Design I
3.0
CIS-256 Dreamweaver I
3.0
GRA-111 Vector Graphics I
2.0
GRA-176 Layout Design I
3.0
CIS-254 Basic Multimedia Design
3.0
CIS-265 Photoshop I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CIS-266 Photoshop II
3.0
ART-160 Typography
2.0
GRA-115 Vector Graphics II
2.0
GRA-177 Layout Design II
2.0
ART-116 Graphic Design II
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-932 Internship (Optional)
2.0
 
Total Hours: 2.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MKT-110 Principles of Marketing
3.0
CIS-277 Portfolio I
3.0
CIS-194 Layout Design III
3.0
BUS-112 Business Math*
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
GRA-166 Web Animation
3.0
CIS-195 Layout Design Projects
3.0
ART-184 Photography
3.0
CIS-278 Portfolio II
3.0
xxx-xxx English/Speech Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Graphics Technology A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 61.0

*Course may be substituted with a related course from either A.A., A.S., or Approved Gen. Ed. List for Applied Science and Technology.

**Program requirements: Must pass all classes with the prefix of ART, CIS, and GRA with a "C" or better for Graduation.

Graphics Technology Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ART-115 Graphic Design I
3.0
CIS-256 Dreamweaver I
3.0
GRA-111 Vector Graphics I
2.0
GRA-176 Layout Design I
3.0
CIS-254 Basic Multimedia Design
3.0
CIS-265 Photoshop I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CIS-266 Photoshop II
3.0
ART-160 Typography
2.0
GRA-115 Vector Graphics II
2.0
GRA-177 Layout Design II
2.0
ART-116 Graphic Design II
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Graphics Technology Diploma Total Hours: 31.0
**Program requirements: Must pass all classes with the prefix of ART, CIS, and GRA with a "C" or better for Graduation.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name
Graphics Technology
Program Length
30 weeks
Cost of Entire Program
 
   Total Tuition & Fees Required
$4,526.00
   Books & Supplies 
$1,600.00
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus
$5,300.00
   Additional Cost
$
Debt at Program Completion
 
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt
$3,357.00
   Median Private Loan Debt
$
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt
$
Completion Rate
100%
Job Placement Rate
50%
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter.
27-1024 Graphic Designers
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-1024.00
Any other notes you want included Ex: students who continued with school
2 grads are still in school

Instructors

Michelle Beets 515-574-1282 beets_m@iowacentral.edu BIO
Paul DeCoursey 515-574-1055 decoursey@iowacentral.edu  
Greg Gernhart 515-574-1104 gernhart@iowacentral.edu BIO