The Graphic Design program gives students the opportunity to learn and apply the fundamentals of various design software applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Students gain skills and techniques in image editing, computer vector drawing, page layout, digital printing, binding, digital photography, etc. Valuable knowledge and experience is gained through challenging hands-on projects that are 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 www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).
Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
In-district: $2.50 per hour
Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour
Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.
Courses (600 hours)
Graphic Design Fundamentals (150)
Design Illustration (150)
Digital Editing (150)
Digital Layout (150)
Estimated time to complete: 10 months
8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
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):
Graphic Design Instructor
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.