Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Graphic Arts Technology Degree

Explore certificates related to this degree...Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 67 credits
Program contact: Division of Technical Programs, (815) 921-3000



Program overview

Students in the program are prepared for a variety of jobs in the printing and publishing industry and related fields of graphic arts. The graphic arts industry is a major employer in Illinois and according to the Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana, in the metro Chicago area. The Graphic Arts Technology Program focuses on developing students with a well-rounded education encompassing both the creative and technical aspects of the industry with a focus on the digital production techniques that are changing the world of media delivery.


Option A: Graphic Arts Technology (#8200)

Program overview

Practical learning experiences are offered in areas of design, layout and typography, production processes, variable data manipulation, estimating, and screen printing. Students gain in-depth experience working with text and images, page layout, specifying paper and ink selection, process color and Pantone spot colors, job estimating and business practices, and offset press operation, as well as binding and finishing choices.

Work and employment

Program graduates secure jobs in desktop publishing, electronic imaging, press operations, sales and customer service. Skills taught can also be useful for professionals in marketing, and in-house communication. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Graphic Arts Technology program.

 

Graphic Arts Technology Core Requirements (28 credits)

Number Title Credits
  GAT-101 Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology (4)
  GAT-110 Introduction to Photoshop (2)
  GAT-115 Introduction to Illustrator (2)
  GAT-178 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing (3)
  GAT-190 Image Generation and Output (2)
  GAT-215 Advanced Illustrator (2)
  GAT-220 Adv Photoshop for Graphic Arts Industry (3)
  GAT-241 Intermediate Desktop Publishing (4)
  GAT-242 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3)
  GAT-255 Color System Management (3)

General Education Course Requirements: (16 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics, or
  MTH-120 College Algebra (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  BIO-106 Environmental Science (3)
  BIO-107 Environmental Science Laboratory (1)
  PSY-170 General Psychology, or
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Option A: Graphic Arts Technology Emphasis #8200 (23 credits)

Number Title Credits
  GAT-180 Introduction to Press Operation (4)
  GAT-280 Press Operation II (4)
  GAT-260 Estimating for Graphic Arts Production (3)
  GAT-290 Finishing, Bindery, & Variable Data Appl (3)
* GAT-168 Graphic Arts Technology Internship (1)
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business, or
  MKT-260 Principles of Marketing (3)

* Must take Graphic Arts Internship (6 credits) or 6 credits in GAT Electives

Option B: Graphic Design (#8225)

Program overview

In the Graphic Design Program, you will study the concepts of drawing and design, typography, color theory, print processes, digital photography, illustration, page layout, marketing and advertising. In addition, you will learn to work within budget and time constraints, prepare electronic files for printing, choose appropriate printing and paper supplies, interpret and evaluate criticism of design and present a creative rationale to a client.

Work and employment

The Graphic Design Program prepares students for entry-level positions such as graphic designer, graphic artist or production artist. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Graphic Arts Technology program.

 

Graphic Design Core Requirements (28 credits)

Number Title Credits
  GAT-101 Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology (4)
  GAT-110 Introduction to Photoshop (2)
  GAT-115 Introduction to Illustrator (2)
  GAT-178 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing (3)
  GAT-190 Image Generation and Output (2)
  GAT-215 Advanced Illustrator (2)
  GAT-220 Adv Photoshop for Graphic Arts Industry (3)
  GAT-241 Intermediate Desktop Publishing (4)
  GAT-242 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3)
  GAT-255 Color System Management, or
  ART-104 Color Theory (3)

General Education Course Requirements: (16 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics, or
  MTH-120 College Algebra (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  BIO-106 Environmental Science (3)
  BIO-107 Environmental Science Laboratory (1)
  PSY-170 General Psychology, or
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Option B: Graphic Design Emphasis #8225 (23 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ART-101 Drawing & Composition I (3)
  ART-102 Drawing & Composition II (3)
  ART-103 Design I (3)
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business (3)
  GAT-150 Typography (2)
* GAT-168 Graphic Arts Technology Internship (1)
  MKT-260 Principles of Marketing (3)
  WEB-225 Digital Photography (3)

* Must take Graphic Arts Internship or GAT Elective or ART Elective

Option C: Cross Media Production (#8250)

Program overview

The current trend in printing and publishing companies across the nation is to integrate the use of the one-dimensional medium of print with other multi-dimensional forms of communication. The Cross Media Production course of study involves not only developing graphics and publishing pieces, but also web and television design.

Work and employment

The Cross Media Production Program of study prepares students for entry-level jobs creating print, marketing, web, and special effects images for printing, marketing and film companies. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Graphic Arts Technology program.

 

Cross Media Production Core Requirements (28 credits)

Number Title Credits
  GAT-101 Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology (4)
  GAT-110 Introduction to Photoshop (2)
  GAT-115 Introduction to Illustrator (2)
  GAT-178 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing (3)
  GAT-190 Image Generation and Output (2)
  GAT-215 Advanced Illustrator (2)
  GAT-220 Adv Photoshop for Graphic Arts Industry (3)
  GAT-241 Intermediate Desktop Publishing (4)
  GAT-242 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3)
  GAT-255 Color System Management (3)

General Education Course Requirements: (16 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  MTH-115 General Education Mathematics, or
  MTH-120 College Algebra (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  BIO-106 Environmental Science (3)
  BIO-107 Environmental Science Laboratory (1)
  PSY-170 General Psychology, or
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Option C: Cross Media Production Emphasis #8250 (23 credits)

Number Title Credits
  COM-156 Audio Production I (3)
  COM-157 Video Production I (3)
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet (4)
  WEB-102 Adv Programming Related to the Internet (4)
  WEB-225 Digital Photography (3)
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business (3)
  MKT-260 Principles of Marketing (3)