Graphic Communications Technologies

Associate Degree

The program 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. Potential occupations include: Production Designer, Pre-Press Technician, Preflight Specialist, Web Graphic & Page Design, Offset Press Operator, Flexographic Press Operator, Digital Press Operator, Screen Printing Operator and Bindery Operator.

program at a Glance

Graphic Communications Technologies 67 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$11,969 (Tuition: $10102, Books: $1867)

Average Starting Salary

$29,725 Annually, based on the 2014 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Apply the principles of design to develop strategic marketing and communication products and services
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of design software, tools and technology
  • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion using a formal process
  • Apply effective legal and ethical business practices and project management skills
  • Communicate artwork rationale in formal an informal settings

Potential Careers

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

Course List

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Course List

Transfer Opportunities

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