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.
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 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:
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.
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.
Megan graduated from FHTC with her Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology degree in 2017 and began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor. As the production side Graphic Arts Instructor, she also 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.
Tom began as an instructor at FHTC in 2019. Previous job history includes teaching photography, design and digital humanities courses at four-year universities and as a freelance graphic artist/art director. Tom is an artist, photographer, designer, public historian, educator, and archivist and has worked on projects that range from web and interactive design to branding and exhibit design. His artwork has been displayed in many regional galleries and he’s been awarded commissions from major galleries and museums as well as a major grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Tom earned both his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Art from Kansas State University.
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