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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.


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

Academic Partnership

Kansas State University

FHTC students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts Technology may transition into Kansas State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking.

Pittsburg State University

FHTC students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts Technology may pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Pittsburg State University. Students earning the BAS degree complete a major in technology with a selected emphasis through the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies in the College of Technology.

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