Associate in Science
Start full-time or part-time.
Visualize working in the profession.
You live creatively, think visually, and operate technologically. You want to work with others who share your passion and talent. You want to share your ideas with the world. The place to start is our Graphic Design program.
Graphic designers are the visual and conceptual thinkers who bring ideas to life across every industry. You see their work in packaging and ads, and in social media and on the sites you visit. It’s this combination of print, photography, and interactive skills that have driven the need for well-rounded designers, and it’s what we teach at PTC.
You’ll immerse yourself in digital design as you work with instructors from the industry to create websites—where you’ll focus on coding from a user experience point of view—print ads, brochures, corporate identity packages, and more. You’ll develop skills and techniques in computer graphics, electronic imaging, and commercial production as you work with digital cameras and industry specific software.
You’ll start with the fundamentals of color, composition and typography, then move on to computer graphics, electronic imaging, and commercial printing. You’ll build an online and print portfolio. Learn problem-solving and client communication skills. And assemble a portfolio of your best work that you can share with prospective employers.
Your real-world internship will put all that hands-on learning to the test as you sharpen the networking, presentation, and interview skills you’ll need to launch your career. Once you do, you’ll want to take advantage of our Alumni Freelance Center. This online resource offers the tools to build your own practice with your own clients—along with professional networking opportunities. You’ll find helpful articles, tutorials, and links to services and job postings.
- Apply fundamental design theories to communicate ideas visually.
- Produce brochures.
- Develop corporate identity packages.
- Design advertisements.
- Make effective client presentations.
- Design annual reports.
- Create billboards.
- Design tradeshow booths.
- Build responsive websites.
- Assemble digital and print portfolios.
Our Graphic Design grads are creating careers in roles such as:
- Graphic designer
- Production artist
- Design technician/installer
- Graphic/production artist
- Prepress specialist
- Marketing associate/social media specialist
Employers of PTC Graduates*
Our Career Services staff will work with you on your job search—just as they’ve helped our grads who’ve been hired by employers like:
- Allegra/Image 360
- Glass America
- Plus Consulting
- Clearview FCU
- Mathews International (Schawk)
- Minuteman Press
*Background check and drug screening may be required prior to employment.
The Graphic Design path consists of eight quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
- Compositional Drawing
- Computer Illustration (IL)
- Design Foundations
- Critical Thinking
- Steps To Career Success 1
- Skills Lab
- Digital Imaging
- Computerized Page Make-Up
- Behavioral Design
- Principles of Writing
- English Composition 1
- Skills Lab
- Advertising Processes
- English Composition 2
- Skills Lab
- Web Design 1
- Advanced Production
- Personal Finance
- Digital Marketing
- Steps To Career Success 2
- Corporate Design
- Animation for Designers
- Web Design 2
- Art History
- Portfolio Development 1
- Web Design 3
- Effective Speech
- Career Development
- Portfolio Development 2
- Multi-Page Documents
- Portfolio Web Development
- Human Relations in Organizations
- Entrepreneurship – Online
Introducing part-time programs for full-time lives.
Earning your associate degree just got easier.
With life comes lots of responsibilities. And if you’re looking to upgrade your education, how do you make it all work? We’re here to help you with an easy-to-manage course load by focusing on one course at a time.
- Enroll as an associate degree or certificate student to opt in to our new bundled courses.
- Classes begin October 11 and November 15. You’ll learn online for the first half and on campus in the evening for your Photography class.
- You can also apply for financial aid, and we offer merit scholarships and need-based grants up to $6,000 if you qualify.
Jump start your degree in Graphic Design. Prepare for the opportunities.
Combine your love of photography, creativity, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit by completing these two courses. Learn from award-winning faculty as you explore the ins and outs of starting a business as a creative professional.
Entrepreneurship, 4 credits, online
This course provides a thorough survey of business practices from a creative professional perspective. Topics include contracts, invoicing, copyrights, freelancing, client relations, operations, management, proposals, and accounting.
Photography, 3 credits, on campus, (T/TH)
This course provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, procedures, and application of photography. Students will use cameras in studio and field conditions to capture images to meet the requirements of assignments designed to develop specific skills and competencies. Emphasis is placed on basic compositional rules, common features of a DSLR camera with appropriate lenses, lighting, and exposure.
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