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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 Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at Enrollment for this career major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.


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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Graphic Design Fundamentals
Graphic Design Fundamentals
Design Basics120
Fundamentals of Technology120
Digital Illustration120
Introduction to Digital Editing120
Capstone I45
Total Hours525
Estimated time to complete (Half Time)1 year
Graphic Design Advanced
Design Basics120
Fundamentals of Technology120
Digital Illustration120
Introduction to Digital Editing120
Capstone I45
Advanced Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design120
Advanced Digital Editing120
Print Production120
Career Portfolio Development120
Capstone II45
Total Hours1050
Estimated time to complete (Full Time)1 year
Estimated time to complete (Half Time)2 years

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Career Tech (CT) Fundamentals of Technology
CT Graphic Designer
Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator
ACA Print and Digital Media Using Adobe InDesign
ACA Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop
National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC): WorkKeys

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

Student Organization



Adults (Half Time) 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM; Adults (Full Time) 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:45-3:45 PM; High School 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: $11-39/Hour(source:

Juli McClennahan

Juli McClennahan

Graphic Design Instructor

Student Projects

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