The Graphic Arts Technology Department offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in printing, publishing, advertising, and commercial photography. The program courses cover a wide cross section of imaging technologies, from traditional printing and print preparation techniques through the latest digital processes, including studio based digital photography. They combine a strong theoretical foundation with hands-on laboratory experiences in practical application.
An associate degree in Graphic Communication and Photography will provide the education necessary to begin a successful career in the graphic arts industry, as well as many of the diverse emerging imaging technologies such as the Internet. Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as other institutions offering programs in the various imaging technologies, accepts credits from the STCC Graphic Arts Technology program toward their advanced degree programs.
The program offers three options, one in Graphic Design, one in Digital Photography, and one in Web and Advertising Design as well as two Certificates of Completion in Desktop Publishing and Graphic Arts Technology. Minimum Grade Requirement: The minimum passing grade for any individual course in this program shall be a “C-” (70%). The minimum average for graduation from the program is a “C” (73%).
The Graphic Design Option prepares students for careers in image preparation for commercial printing or entry level into advertising agencies and commercial art studios. Students will develop proficiencies in various imaging technologies using the latest professional software programs and digital technologies. Courses in typography, layout, graphic design, portfolio presentation, color management, prepress, and printing technology, are included in the program.
Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Graphic Communication and Photography will be awarded