Graphic Design and Prepress Technician

Program Overview

As the price of computers drops and more and more companies move into the digital marketplace, there is a growing need for graphic designers. Students interested in pursuing entry level positions in ad design, graphics for the web, or the creation of flyers and brochures would benefit from the Graphic Design and Prepress Technician Certificate program. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and will receive a general introduction to design and preparing files for print.

Entrance Requirements


  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Occupational Curriculum (24 hours)
Covers the basics of computer terminology, operating systems, and input and output devices, file formatting, file management, and overview of software. Introduces students to the fundamentals of design concepts, including design, composition and layout, color theory and typography.
This course is an introduction to the creation of vector imagery. Students will learn to draw illustrations, transform objects, work with layers, patterns, brushes, and filters, use effects and create graphics for the various applications. The focus will be on learning the essential tools, basic operation and commands used in the creation of vector graphics used in different media fields.
In the Raster Imaging course, the student becomes acquainted with the concepts and software related raster image manipulation. The student is introduced to the workspace and tools used in an image editing software and will learn basic image editing techniques.
This course is an introduction to graphic design production using page layout software. Students will be introduced to the essential terminology, tools, and stages of workflow in the graphic design process.
This course is an in-depth introduction to the graphic prepress production process. Through hands-on projects, the student will experience the challenges involved in successful graphic prepress production.