Program Code: 3619
The Associate in Science degree program in Graphic Design Technology offers instruction in the theory and practice of graphic design to prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in this expanding career field.
Graphic Design students are admitted to the program twice a year. Graphic Design students entering the program in the spring will take their second semester classes in the summer to enter their third semester the following fall. Second semester classes will not be offered during the fall semesters. Admission is competitive. The Graphic Design Technology program requires a separate application beyond initial acceptance to Santa Fe College.
Admission is based on faculty rankings of the departmental applications. It is not a requirement that students complete their General Education requirements before applying for admission to the program. We strongly recommend that applicants take classes in the Fine Arts Department before being admitted to our program. Some of these classes may also cover some of their General Education requirements (please contact our department for more information about classes we recommend). Once admitted to the Graphic Design program, students take classes full time in a specific, or lockstep, sequence.
The program emphasizes creative thinking and problem solving in combination with hands-on instruction on industry standard computer hardware and software.
Graphic Design Technology students learn illustration, computer graphics, desktop publishing, Web page design, electronic imaging, presentation techniques, photography and design, and magazine and newspaper advertising layout. Students learn about logos, brochures, newsletters, packaging, direct mail design, outdoor advertising, point-of-purchase display, printing methods and electronic pre-press production techniques. Students completing this degree will be prepared for employment in advertising agencies, reproduction firms, Web-related enterprises and publishing firms as graphic designers, illustrators and desktop publishers.
Graduates work for profit and non-profit agencies in a variety of professional settings including entertainment, advertising, marketing, merchandising, management, education, science, technology and sales. Designers may choose to specialize in desktop publishing and computer graphics, Web page design, digital photo manipulation, illustration or electronic pre-press, as well as digital video and dynamic content for the Internet