Graphic Arts Technology

Graphic Artists are in the business of visual communication. Whether traditional “ink-on-paper” printing or on the Internet, graphic artists use some of the most current technology and advanced communications tools to produce ideas, images, and messages. Students will learn to apply graphic art concepts, formulas, operational procedures and production principles, preparing them for a creative and exciting career.

Program Options

Graphic Arts Technology offers a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree option.

The technical certificate is 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 have an understanding and ability to apply graphic art concepts, formulas, operational procedures and production principles in accordance with industry standards.

Design work in the Graphic Arts industry includes books, magazines, special interest publications, newspapers, greeting cards, posters, advertising material, packaging material, signage, billboards, stickers and decals. Graphic Arts also includes design and production of specialty items such as printed textile products, which include shirts and a variety of other wearables.

Career opportunities include:

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

Pittsburg State University

FHTC students who have graduated from the Graphic Arts Technology program may pursue The Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Pittsburg State University to extend their education and training. 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.

Megan Allen

Megan graduated from FHTC with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts Technology in 2017 and began her teaching career as an adjunct professor. She manages the college’s in-house printing and finishing operations, as well as screen printing projects. Megan has taught community arts classes in the area for the past five years and also serves as a volunteer to several local organizations.

John Decker

John Decker

John began his career at Flint Hills Technical College in 2011, initially helping to develop and launch the Interactive Multimedia Design program which was new at that time. He then served as the instructor. Prior to that, John worked for 19 years as a graphic designer at Emporia State University. During that time, he also served as an adjunct instructor for related topics at both FHTC and ESU, and was a soccer coach. John holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology degree.

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