Commercial Art Technology

Designer on the computer working on a product

Design Graphics For Today’s Technology.

Program Objective:

The Commercial Art Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment as Graphic Designers and related work. This course also provides supplemental training for persons currently or previously employed in this occupation.

Program Content:

Students in the Commercial Art Technology program will learn to produce promotional and informational material for print, speciality and web media from concept to completion. Special emphasis is placed on advertising, illustration and graphic design. Individuals shall be trained in the elements & principles of design, layout, typography and image creation. Using both traditional methods and industry standard software, students will build a portfolio of work. This course also covers employability skills and preparation for industry certification.

Our classroom is set up to emulate an actual art department within an ad agency in order to replicate a true-to-life experience for the learner. The curriculum is intended to build knowledge, skill and self-confidence as it provides the perfect mixture of theory and practical application.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program

  • Occupational Interest

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 1500 hours, but a student can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:

OCPCOURSEHOURS
OCP AGraphic Designer450 Hours
OCP BDigital Designer450 Hours
OCP CPrint Media Artist300 Hours
OCP DWeb Designer300 Hours
Total Hours: 1500

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE® test, or Industry Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services. Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities:

Graduates can find work in advertising agencies, animation studios, design firms, gaming companies, government agencies, movie studios, print shops, publishing houses, sign shops, television stations, web development establishments, and many businesses that maintain their own in-house creative departments. Freelance opportunities also exist for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Employment Requirements:

  • Proven graphic designing experience
  • A strong portfolio of illustrations or other graphic design
  • A keen eye for aesthetics & details
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Ability to work methodically & meet deadlines

Salary:

According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Graphic Designer was $48,700 annually or $23.41 per hour.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – $20.00
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – $10.50
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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