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

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  • 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
ADM-258 Professional Development
1.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

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

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-932 Internship
2.0
 
Total Hours: 2.0
 
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
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
ADM-258 Professional Development
1.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Graphics Technology Diploma Total Hours: 32.0
**Program requirements: Must pass all classes with the prefix of ART, CIS, and GRA with a "C" or better for Graduation.

Gainful Employment Information

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Instructors

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