Program Description

The Graphic Communication Technologies Associate Degree covers the complete printing process, starting with basic layout and design and an introduction to printing and ending with advanced courses in all of the various areas of printing. Specific areas covered include computer design, electronic pre-press, plate making, presswork, binding and finishing, digital photography and video, estimating and customer service. The program focuses on providing hands-on training on typical software programs, printing presses and bindery equipment.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,796
Books & Supplies: $634

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Estimate, schedule and invoice a wide range of printing jobs
  • Demonstrate basic digital photography, digital video and web page design skills
  • Produce a wide range of printed products on various presses
  • Design and layout basic print, web and multimedia projects using computer page layout, illustration and photo manipulation programs
  • Demonstrate basic design principles, color theory and typography in a variety of multi-media applications
  • Demonstrate printing processes including offset lithography, flexographic printing, screen printing, large format and digital printing


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Bindery Operator
  • Screen Printing Operator
  • Digital Press Operator
  • Flexographic Press Operator
  • Offset Press Operator
  • Web Graphic & Page Design
  • Preflight Specialist
  • Pre-Press Technician
  • Production Designer


The Graphic Communication Technologies Associate Degree is a 64 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Introduction To Printing 2.00
Introduction To Graphics Software And Design 2.00
Computer Page Layout 2.00
Photoshop/Image Manipulation 2.00
Digital Photography 3.00
College Mathematics 3.00

Second Term

Computer Illustration 2.00
Postpress Operations 3.00
Press Systems 3.00
Cross Media Personalization 3.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00

Third Term

Printing Estimating 3.00
Advanced Page Layout 2.00
Advanced Press Operations 4.00
Screen And Specialty Printing 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Fourth Term

Graphics For Web Design 2.00
Digital Video 3.00
Portfolio Preparation 2.00
Industry Applications 4.00
Microeconomics 3.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Graphic Communication Technologies Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Minnesota State University - Moorhead Bachelor of Operations Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Professional Communication

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
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* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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