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Graphic Design

Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications


In the Graphic Design program here at SouthernTech, students learn and apply the fundamentals of various design software applications (such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). Other skills and techniques this program will cover are image editing, computer vector drawing, page layout, screen printing, binding/finishing, digital photography, and much more! Students will gain valuable knowledge and experience by participating in challenging real world projects and assignments typical of the graphic design industry.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (Hours)

Graphic Design Fundamentals (150)
Design Illustration (150)
Digital Editing (150)
Digital Layout (150)
Total (600)

Estimated time to complete half time: 1 year

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Graphic Designer
Adobe Certified Professional (ACP):
Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator
Print and Digital Media Using Adobe InDesign
Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Artist, Creative Director, Creative Manager, Design Director, Designer, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Online Producer, Production Artist, Publications Designer – Approximate Pay Potential: $10-43 per hour (O*NET source: 27-1024.00 - Graphic Designers):

Juli McClennahan

Juli McClennahan

Graphic Design Instructor


Student Projects

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