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Graphic Technologies AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

Prepares students for careers at commercial printing companies, sign companies, quick print and copy shops, in-plant shops, specialty printing companies, advertising agencies, web design and e-publishing, and newspaper and magazine offices. Students participate in work-based learning activities.

Innovations in computer technology continue to rapidly change and expand the field of graphic technologies. Therefore, the following courses of study may be subject to change in order to offer training based on current industry standards.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
GTC 110Art, Design & Visual Thinking5
GTC 123CLMacintosh Operations & Image Acquisition5
GTC 130Digital Imaging I: Photoshop5
GTC 143Electronic Publishing & Layout5
GTC 149Digital Imaging II: Photoshop5
GTC 164Prepress I5
GTC 169Intro to Vector-Based Illustration Software5
GTC 174InDesign I5
GTC 203Preflight5
GTC 209Advanced Vector Digital Illustration5
GTC 210Digital Imaging III: Photoshop5
GTC 223Prepress II5
GTC 225Advanced Page Layout Principles5
GTC 254CAPCapstone Class5
GTC 260Web Animation Design5
GTC 264Paper, Pricing & Estimating5
GTC 265Web Programming Basics5
GTC 273Web Graphic Design and User Experience5
GTC 276InDesign II5
GTC 278 or GTC 2804
 Technical Credits99

Art, Design & Visual Thinking

Item #
GTC 110
Total Credits
5

Introduction to visual arts and design principles. Stresses the components of visual thinking and visual language underlying design for digital media. A series of real-life case studies and exercises applies the design process and use of basic elements of design, typography, images, color and layout. 

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Macintosh Operations & Image Acquisition

Item #
GTC 123CL
Total Credits
5

Introduction to Macintosh computer operations and file management. Covers image acquisition and archiving from Internet and analog sources. 

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Digital Imaging I: Photoshop

Item #
GTC 130
Total Credits
5

Introduces the fundamentals of Photoshop to include basic tools, image editing, painting, and the creation, use, and management of layers and channels. 

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Electronic Publishing & Layout

Item #
GTC 143
Total Credits
5

Apply typographic terms, vocabulary, and concepts; examine type identification and explore the relationships or essence of typographic design. Apply and solve mathematical problems common to typography. Apply basic page layout and create files. Explore proofreading and correcting copy changes. 

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Digital Imaging II: Photoshop

Item #
GTC 149
Total Credits
5

Builds on the fundamentals of Photoshop and introduces advanced imagery to include blending, advanced layers, advanced selections, vector tools, filters and tonal correction. 

Prerequisites
GTC 130 or instructor approval.
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Prepress I

Item #
GTC 164
Total Credits
5

Students will learn to create, edit, and manipulate PDF files; to combine files into portfolios; and to secure PDF documents. They will also learn how to work with many of the advanced features of Adobe Acrobat, including OCR text recognition, pre-flight, print production tasks, touch up and commenting, proofing, live review and collaboration. 

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Intro to Vector-Based Illustration Software

Item #
GTC 169
Total Credits
5

Vector-based software, tools and features will be used to create text and logos, apply image effects and design web graphics. The course incorporates branding and identifiers when designing products and enables students to design for both print and web.

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InDesign I

Item #
GTC 174
Total Credits
5

Covers InDesign techniques as performed on Macintosh computers. Students will create files for electronic output and create documents using color and color separations for creating ads, brochures, menus and other documents. Course explores PDF files, EPS files and production work. 

Prerequisites
GTC 143 or instructor approval.
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Preflight

Item #
GTC 203
Total Credits
5

Use applications on the Macintosh computer to create high-level graphics, images, logos and projects in color. Perform graphic manipulation, computer output, PDF formats and postscript files. 

Prerequisites
GTC 223, GTC 276 or instructor approval.
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Advanced Vector Digital Illustration

Item #
GTC 209
Total Credits
5

Students will perform advanced techniques using Adobe Illustrator; create documents using color swatches and color separations for a variety of projects; explore the abilities of different tools, panels, effects, and filters; and integrate Adobe Acrobat Pro as soft-proofing software from within Illustrator and prepare files for electronic output ready for a service provider. 

Prerequisites
GTC 169, or instructor approval.
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Digital Imaging III: Photoshop

Item #
GTC 210
Total Credits
5

Building on a solid knowledge of Photoshop’s basic functions, this course explores advanced color theory and use of Photoshop for color correction. Students will learn efficient use of layers, masks, and channels for photo retouching and special effects. Covers optimization for production, importing and exporting of images. 

Prerequisites
GTC 149, or instructor approval.
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Prepress II

Item #
GTC 223
Total Credits
5

Covers the digital production of printing jobs through the use of Adobe PDF and raster image processing. 

Prerequisites
GTC 164 or instructor approval.
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Advanced Page Layout Principles

Item #
GTC 225
Total Credits
5

Students will apply advanced page layout techniques using industry-standard software to produce files for output. Covers the creation of preflight and package press-ready files. Also includes outputting composite and separations to postscript and imposing jobs for output service provider.

Prerequisites
GTC 276, GTC 209, GTC 164 or instructor approval.
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Capstone Class

Item #
GTC 254CAP
Total Credits
5

Preparation of personal job-hunting package of student’s chosen specialty within the graphic technologies program, including industry research, business cards, cover letters, envelopes, resumes, personal sales pitches and portfolios. 

Prerequisites
GTC 223 or instructor approval.
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Web Animation Design

Item #
GTC 260
Total Credits
5

Offers experience using industry-standard tools for basic web animation. Students will develop familiarity with a timeline, layers, symbols, vector tools and introductory animation techniques.

Prerequisites
GTC 276 or instructor approval.
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Paper, Pricing & Estimating

Item #
GTC 264
Total Credits
5

Explores paper choices and cost within the printing industry. Students will learn to estimate both materials and time for various printing processes.

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Web Programming Basics

Item #
GTC 265
Total Credits
5

Apply basic programming and graphical user-interface techniques for developing effective and useful websites. Become familiar with current HTML code syntax and CSS code for styling. Through progressive enhancement of skills, students will build multipage websites, culminating in a personal portfolio website.

Prerequisites
GTC 276 or instructor approval.
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Web Graphic Design and User Experience

Item #
GTC 273
Total Credits
5

Learn techniques and best practices for designing graphics to be used on the web. Build website layout mockups, style guides, and user interface elements using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Using modern design principles, create layouts that are both appealing and easy to use.

Prerequisites
GTC 276 or instructor approval.
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InDesign II

Item #
GTC 276
Total Credits
5

Students will perform advanced techniques with InDesign, create documents, use color and color separations for a variety of projects, and prepare files for electronic output. 

Prerequisites
GTC 174 or instructor approval.
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GTC 278 or GTC 280

Total Credits
4
Students will choose one of the classes below.
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements99
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits114

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements99
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits119

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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