Graphic Arts Technology

Graphic artists are in the business of visual communication. Whether traditional printing or web, graphic artists use the most current technology and advanced communications tools to produce ideas, images and convey information. Students will learn to apply graphic art concepts, formulas as well as operational procedures and production principles, preparing for a creative and versatile career.

I chose FHTC because I like the technical side of things and learning how processes work. Everyone was very supportive which made it easy to take Graphic Arts classes while I was still in high school.

Ezra

Program Options

Graphic Arts Technology offers a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree option. High school seniors and juniors are also eligible to apply to this program.

The technical certificate is a one-year program. Graduates will have an understanding and skills to apply graphic art concepts, formulas, operational procedures and production principles in accordance with industry standards. These experiences prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the graphic arts industry. Graduates seeking to continue their education can transfer certificate courses to the Graphic Arts Technology AAS degree program.

The associate of applied science degree is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. Graduates will expand their knowledge of graphic art concepts, including photography,  and production processes.

Associates Degree Course Requirements Technical Certificate Course Requirements

Career Opportunities

The Graphic Arts industry comprises a broad range of visual expressions including design of print materials and digital media. Students will also learn pre and post-production procedures and have hands-on experiences in the production of digital, screen printing, and wide format printing.

Career opportunities include:

  • Commercial Printing
  • Magazine & Book Publishing
  • Screen Printers
  • Advertising Agency
  • Specialty Printers
  • In-house Graphics

Program Faculty

Rhiannon Bodine
Rhiannon Bodine

GAT Instructor

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Rhiannon graduated from FHTC in 2018 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. With five years of experience in the graphics industry, her prior work roles include production artist, photographer, graphic artist, art director and marketing director. Rhiannon has also volunteered as an art teacher for Chase County Schools since 2018.

Shannon Crouch
Shannon Crouch

GAT Instructor

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Shannon graduated from FHTC in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the graphic arts industry in a wide array of areas including digital sheet-fed presses, wide and grand format printing, vinyl graphic production and installation, screen printing, finishing and binding processes and graphic design.

Rhiannon Bodine
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Rhiannon graduated from FHTC in 2018 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. With five years of experience in the graphics industry, her prior work roles include production artist, photographer, graphic artist, art director and marketing director. Rhiannon has also volunteered as an art teacher for Chase County Schools since 2018.

Shannon Crouch
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Shannon graduated from FHTC in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree and began her teaching career in 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the graphic arts industry in a wide array of areas including digital sheet-fed presses, wide and grand format printing, vinyl graphic production and installation, screen printing, finishing and binding processes and graphic design.

Academic Partnership

FHTC students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts Technology may be eligible to utilize a 2+2 agreement with the following institutions to further their education.

Emporia State University: Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
Fort Hays State University: Bachelor of Technology Leadership
Kansas State University: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking or Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
Pittsburg State University: Bachelor of Applied Science in Graphics & Imaging Technology or Bachelor of Applied Science
Washburn University: Bachelor of Applied Science

Program Information & Resources

Estimated program costs and testing criteria​ are available in the documents below. Visit our admissions page to learn about admissions steps and other helpful information.

Graphic Arts Technology Cost Sheet View Document
Graphic Arts Technology Cost Sheet - High School Students View Document