Graphic Communication Technologies Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Graphic Communication Technologies

Associate Degree

This 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 Communication Technologies 63 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Partially Available
  • Medford Partially Available
  • Phillips Partially Available
  • Spencer Partially Available
  • Wittenberg Partially Available

Approximate Cost

$13,407 (Tuition: $11209, Books: $2198)

Average Starting Salary

$32,067 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

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

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Transfer Opportunities

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