Graphic Design

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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 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
Design Basics 120
Fundamentals of Technology 120
Digital Illustration 120
Introduction to Digital Editing 120
Capstone I 45
Total Hours 525
Estimated time to complete (Half Time) 1 year
Graphic Design Advanced
Design Basics 120
Fundamentals of Technology 120
Digital Illustration 120
Introduction to Digital Editing 120
Capstone I 45
Advanced Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design 120
Advanced Digital Editing 120
Print Production 120
Career Portfolio Development 120
Capstone II 45
Total Hours 1050
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 Design
Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop
ACA Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator
ACA Print and Digital Media Publishing Using Adobe InDesign
NCRC: WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification

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:

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