Graphic Arts Design and Technology Degree

Learn graphic production from start to finish 

Career options  arts icon


  • Desktop publishing
  • Graphic arts
  • Prepress production
  • Photography
  • Web design

Start your career in graphic arts technology with this associate degree program. The program offers specializations in Graphic Design, Package Design, Print Graphics and Web Design.

Take classes covering the full range graphic arts technology from graphic design, digital illustration and photography to press operations, color management and web development.

You’ll work closely with knowledgeable instructors who are experts in their fields. Also, you’ll enhance your skills working in one of Harper College’s three state-of-the-art graphic arts labs,
which are equipped with Mac computers and the latest creative software. On-site printing presses give you hands-on experience in all areas of graphic arts production. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to begin a career in the visual communication industry or transfer to a four-year degree program.

A.A.S. degree program plans

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  • demonstrate strong visual skills through graphic design.
  • demonstrate strong typography ability and principles of design knowledge.
  • utilize all graphic applications in layout and design.
  • comprehend the graphic arts workflow from design through print and finishing.
  • comprehend color management requirements in a graphic arts workflow.
  • create acceptable print-ready digital graphic files using industry standard preflight criteria.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and procedures in prepress, pressroom and bindery operations.
  • exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  • demonstrate strong visual skills through graphic design.
  • demonstrate strong typography ability and principles of design knowledge.
  • utilize all graphic and packaging applications in layout and design.
  • comprehend the graphic arts workflow from design through print and finishing.
  • comprehend color management requirements in a graphic arts workflow.
  • create acceptable print-ready digital graphic files using industry standard preflight criteria for packaging industry.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and procedures in prepress, pressroom and bindery operations for packaging.
  • exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  • demonstrate skills in print production.
  • comprehend the graphic arts workflow from design through print and finishing.
  • exhibit a core understanding of graphic arts project management and estimating procedures.
  • analyze paper and ink usage in the print industry.
  • comprehend color management requirements in a graphic arts workflow.
  • utilize all graphic applications.
  • create acceptable print-ready digital graphic files, using industry standard preflight criteria.
  • perform basic operations and procedures in prepress, pressroom and bindery.
  • exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  • demonstrate strong visual skills through graphic design.
  • demonstrate strong typography ability and principles of design knowledge.
  • utilize graphic applications for print and/or web design.
  • comprehend the graphic arts workflow from print and web design through finishing.
  • comprehend color management requirements in a graphic arts workflow.
  • create acceptable print and web digital graphic files using industry standard criteria.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and procedures in web design/development and prepress/press operations.
  • exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.

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Next steps

For more information about the Graphic Arts Design and Technology degree program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.