Graphic Communications AAS

The Graphic Communications program gives students a fundamental working knowledge of graphic design, digital imaging, film imposition, platemaking, offset presswork, and bindery processes. The Graphic Communications program has incorporated corrugated packaging classes into its curriculum. This program will be one of only a few corrugated programs located throughout the country. Students will enter the printing industry with skills needed to gain employment as an entry-level worker. Upon completion of the Graphic Communications AAS degree, students will:

  • Have an understanding of the overall graphic arts production process
  • Be able to work in a production, deadline-oriented environment
  • Have an understanding for various pre-press software and its uses
  • Be familiar with various layout, design methods, packaging structure and design
  • Be familiar with various stripping and platemaking activities

Students are required to own a laptop computer and purchase specified software. Please review full program requirements at Graphic Design Laptop Policy (pdf).

Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required.

Students must earn at least a “C” in all program courses (a “C-“is not an acceptable grade).

*NOTE: Students entering the Graphic Communications program must own or have access to a digital SLR camera with either multiple lenses or a zoom lens and Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher.

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
COLLEGE WRITING
RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS (or MATH-147A & MATH-147B)
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
HRPT-184DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
or HRPT-185 HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
Additional General Education Core
Select one of the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
SURVEY OF ART
SCIENCE FOR LIFE
PLANTS AND PEOPLE
HUMAN BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
THE CHEMISTRY OF DAILY LIFE
GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
ID 300A - 300T (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR
GENERAL PHYSICS I
PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Total Credits15.00

Program Requirements

PITPT-101INTRODUCTION TO PRINTING TECHNOLOGY3.00
PITPT-119ADOBE INDESIGN3.00
PITPT-129ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR3.00
PITPT-134OFFSET LITHOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY4.00
PITPT-139ADOBE PHOTOSHOP3.00
PITPT-154PRINT PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES3.00
PITPT-209TYPOGRAPHY3.00
PITPT-211ADVANCED PRINTING TECHNIQUES6.00
PITPT-219PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING3.00
PITPT-229PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN I3.00
PITPT-245BUSINESS SIDE OF CREATIVITY3.00
PITPT-254/454PHOTOSHOP PHOTOGRAPHY3.00
PITPT-329PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN II3.00
PITPT-494AINTERNSHIP IN PRINTING TECHNOLOGY I3.00
Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required
Total Credits46.00

Summary

General Education15
Program Requirements46
Total61