Graphic Arts Technology

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Associate in Applied Science

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About the Program

Explore your creative side with graphic arts. With graphic design, learn about topics such as design, typography, illustration, and web design. Learn skills in marketing, advertising, social media, multimedia journalism, and video production to become a crosstrained professional.

The Graphic Arts Technology program has a choice of two paths, the Graphic Design degree or the Cross Media Production degree.

  • The Graphic Design path includes courses in design theory, color theory, typography, illustration, web design, and computer graphics, page layout, marketing and advertising.
  • The Cross Media Production path pepares students for a variety of careers such as advertising, digital marketing, social media management, multimedia journalism, and video production. Courses of study involves not only developing graphics and publishing pieces, but also web and television design.

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Students should meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a clear pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience or transition to the workforce. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

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In the Graphic Design Program, you will study the concepts of drawing and design, typography, color theory, print processes, digital photography, illustration, page layout, marketing and advertising. In addition, you will learn to work within budget and time constraints, prepare electronic files for printing, choose appropriate printing and paper supplies, interpret and evaluate criticism of design and present a creative rationale to a client

The current trend in printing and publishing companies across the nation is to integrate the use of the one-dimensional medium of print with other multi-dimensional forms of communication. The Cross Media Production course of study involves not only developing graphics and publishing pieces, but also web and television design.

In addition to two degree pathway options, the Graphic Arts Technology program also offers a Prepress Certificate.

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After a few semesters at RVC, I switched to the graphic arts program and I am so glad I did! This program has given me many practical skills that I can put to use right away not only in my Student Worker job at Starlight Theatre, but also in freelance work.

Emma Garner
Graphic Arts Technology student