Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology

The Graphics Arts and Imaging Technology curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the printing, publishing, packaging and related industries.

Students will receive hands-on training in computer publishing, imaging technology, offset lithography, screen printing, flexography and emerging printing technologies.

Graduates should qualify for career opportunities within the printing, publishing and packaging industries.

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Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology (A30180)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science degree-Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Submit high school transcripts and any college transcripts.
  • Placement testing in English, mathematics and reading is required to qualify for ENG 111 and college-level math. Scores on placement tests may require students to take specified Developmental Studies courses. If required, completion of these courses is necessary prior to program admission. Students may, with approval of the program chair, take no more than two pre-admission courses during their first semester of program admission.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in computer operation equivalent to or higher than CIS 110 before admission.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Notes

Students must furnish required hand tools for the program. A list of these items can be obtained from the program chair or instructors.

Contact Information

The Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program is in the Technical Careers Division. For more information, call 704.330.4425 or 704.330.4427. See Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program instructors or program counselors for suggested sequence.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Take 1 course from the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
History of Rock Music
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Political Science
Social Psychology
Social Problems
Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 152Computer Graphics II2.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 255Image Manipulation I2.0
GRA 256Image Manipulation II2.0
GRD 141Graphic Design I4.0
PRN 155Screen Printing I2.0
PRN 131Flexography I4.0
Technical Electives
Select 23 credits of the following:23.0
College Student Success
Printing Sales/Service
Graphic Arts III
Computer Graphics III
Computer Graphics IV
Graphic Arts Imaging
Graphic Arts Orientation
Substrates & Ink
Screen Printing II
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning III
Offset Press Operations
Introduction to Business
Entrepreneurship I
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Computers
Total Credits67

Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Flexography Concentration (A3018A)

Flexography is a concentration under the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology curriculum. This curriculum is designed to allow students to gain further study into the flexographic printing production process.

Students will produce jobs for labels, tags, boards, packaging and corrugated jobs found in segments of the flexographic industry. Students will concentrate on color reproduction and produce products while understanding the limitations within the production process.

Graduates should qualify for career opportunities within the printing, publishing and packaging industries.

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science-Graphic and Imaging Technology/Flexography degree is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Submit high school transcripts and any college transcripts.
  • Placement testing in English, mathematics and reading is required to qualify for ENG 111 and college-level math.. Scores on placement tests may require students to take specified Developmental Studies courses. If required, completion of these courses is necessary prior to program admission. Students may, with approval of the program chair, take no more than two preadmission courses during their first semester of program admission.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in computer operations equivalent to or higher than CIS 110 before admission.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Notes

Students must furnish required hand tools for program. A list of these items can be obtained from the program chair or instructors.

Contact Information

Graphic and Imaging Technology Flexography is in the Technical Careers Division. For more information, call 704.330.4425 or 704.330.4427. See Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program instructors or program counselors for suggested sequence of courses.

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select one of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Select one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
History of Rock Music
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
Introduction to Political Science
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Introduction to Political Science
Social Psychology
Social Problems
Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 152Computer Graphics II2.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 255Image Manipulation I2.0
GRA 256Image Manipulation II2.0
GRD 141Graphic Design I4.0
GRA 153Computer Graphics III2.0
PRN 131Flexography I4.0
PRN 132Flexography II4.0
PRN 231Flexography III4.0
PRN 232Flexography IV4.0
PRN 241Flexo Applications I4.0
PRN 242Flexo Applications II4.0
Technical Electives
Select 12 credits of the following:12.0
Screen Printing I
Substrates & Ink
Print Estimating/Planning
Printing Sales/Service
Graphic Arts Orientation
Graphic Arts Imaging
Imaging Techniques
GRA 280
Screen Printing II
Offset Press Operations
Graphic Arts III
Computer Graphics IV
PRN 140
Computer Graphics Applications I
Computer Graphics Applications II
Computer Graphics Applications III
Computer Graphics Applications IV
Introduction to Business
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning III
Entrepreneurship I
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Computers
Total Credits76

No diplomas offered.

Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Certificates (C30180)

Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Offset Press Technician (C30180-C7)

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 230Substrates & Ink2.0
PRN 221Offset Press Operations3.0
Total Credits13

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Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Print Shop Assistant (C30180-C8)

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 245Printing Sales/Service3.0
Total Credits13

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Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Entry Level Prepress Technician (C30180-C9)

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 152Computer Graphics II2.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 140Graphic Arts Imaging2.0
Total Credits14

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Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Advanced Prepress Technician (C30180-10)

Major Requirements
GRA 255Image Manipulation I2.0
GRA 256Image Manipulation II2.0
GRD 141Graphic Design I4.0
GRA 153Computer Graphics III2.0
GRA 154Computer Graphics IV2.0
Total Credits12

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Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Screen Printing Technician (C30180-11)

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 255Image Manipulation I2.0
PRN 155Screen Printing I2.0
GRA 153Computer Graphics III2.0
PRN 156Screen Printing II2.0
Total Credits14

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Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate Specialization in Entry Level Printing Technician (C30180-12)

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 110Graphic Arts Orientation2.0
PRN 131Flexography I4.0
WBL 112Work-Based Learning I2.0
Total Credits14

Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate Specialization in Graphic Print Production (C30180-13)

This certificate is also available to high school students enrolled in Career and College Promise.

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 255Image Manipulation I2.0
PRN 155Screen Printing I2.0
Total Credits14

Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Flexography Certificates (C3018A)

Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Flexography Technician (C3018A-C1)

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
PRN 131Flexography I4.0
PRN 132Flexography II4.0
WBL 112Work-Based Learning I2.0
Total Credits14

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Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology Certificate Specialization in Flexographic Print Production

Major Requirements
GRA 121Graphic Arts I4.0
GRA 151Computer Graphics I2.0
GRA 221Graphic Arts II4.0
GRA 255Image Manipulation I2.0
PRN 131Flexography I4.0
Total Credits16

Graphic Arts Courses

GRA 110. Graphic Arts Orientation. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the history, development, and commercial applications of the major printing processes. Topics include offset lithography, screen printing, intaglio, relief printing, and emerging technologies. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each process.

GRA 112. Graphics Problem Solving. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers computations used in graphic arts production. Topics include measurement systems, ratios and scaling, and paper-cutting calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to apply mathematical skills to problem solving in graphic arts and imaging production.

GRA 121. Graphic Arts I. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces terminology, tools and materials, procedures, and equipment used in graphic arts production. Topics include copy preparation and pre-press production relative to printing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of graphic arts production.

GRA 140. Graphic Arts Imaging. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the use of photographic and electronic imaging techniques in the printing industry. Topics include exposure control and manipulation for a variety of process photography procedures and emerging electronic imaging techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to create line, special effect, and halftone images by both conventional and computer imaging methods.

GRA 151. Computer Graphics I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the use of hardware and software for production and design in graphic arts. Topics include graphical user interface and current industry uses such as design, layout, typography, illustration, and imaging for production. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and use the computer as a fundamental design and production tool.

GRA 152. Computer Graphics II. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced design and layout concepts utilizing illustration, page layout, and imaging software in graphic arts. Emphasis is placed on enhancing and developing the skills that were introduced in GRA 151. Upon completion, students should be able to select and utilize appropriate software for design and layout solutions.

Prerequisites: Take GRA 151

GRA 153. Computer Graphics III. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of GRA 152. Emphasis is placed on advanced computer graphics hardware and software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in selection and utilization of appropriate software for specialized applications.

Prerequisites: Take GRA 152

GRA 154. Computer Graphics IV. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of GRA 153. Emphasis is placed on advanced techniques using a variety of hardware and software applications to produce complex projects. Upon completion, students should be able to use electronic document production tools.

Prerequisites: Take GRA 153

GRA 161. Computer Graphics Applications I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide additional hands-on training using computer software and hardware for production and design in graphic arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing various computer software and hardware to produce simple graphic arts projects. Upon completion, students should be able to use the computer as a graphic arts production tool.

GRA 162. Computer Graphics Applications II. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide additional hands-on training using computer software and hardware for production and design in graphic arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing various computer software and hardware to produce intermediate graphic arts projects. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively use the computer as a graphic arts production tool.

GRA 163. Computer Graphics Applications III. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide additional hands-on training using computer software and hardware for production and design in graphic arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing various computer software and hardware to produce advanced graphic arts projects. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively use the computer as a graphic arts production tool.

GRA 164. Computer Graphics Applications IV. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide additional hands-on training using computer software and hardware for production and design in graphic arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing various computer software and hardware to produce professional quality graphic arts projects. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively and efficiently use the computer as a graphic arts production tool.

GRA 221. Graphic Arts II. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of GRA 121. Topics include multi-color image preparation, pre-press production, control of close/hairline register in image assembly and press operation, and post-press procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in all phases of graphic arts production.

Prerequisites: Take All: GRA 121 and GRA 151

GRA 222. Graphic Arts III. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of GRA 221. Topics include advanced electronic pre-press, press operation, and post-press procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in all phases of advanced graphic arts production.

Prerequisites: Take All: GRA 221 and GRA 152

GRA 230. Substrates & Ink. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the manufacture, purchase, and use of printing substrates and inks in the graphic arts industry. Topics include the history, development, testing, purchasing, and use of ink, paper, and specialty substrates used in printing, as well as problems associated with each. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of ink and substrate relationships in the design, planning, purchase, and production of a printed job.

GRA 245. Printing Sales/Service. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the operation of a sales, marketing, and service program for a printing company or printing supplier. Topics include marketing, prospecting, telephone sales, customer service, order entry, closing the sale, and answering objections. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the operation of sales and service in printing and printing supply organizations.

GRA 252. Imaging Techniques. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course covers electronic imaging and transfer and display of digital images through various media. Topics include analysis of electronic imaging, including uses, medium, outcome, storage, and display hardware and software. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of electronic imaging techniques and purposes and complete related assignments.

Prerequisites: Take One: GRA 151 or GRD 151

GRA 255. Image Manipulation I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers applications associated with electronic image manipulation, including color correction, color separation, special effects, and image conversion. Topics include image-capturing hardware, image-processing software, and output options. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize hardware and software to acquire, manipulate, and output images to satisfy design and production.

Prerequisites: Take One: GRA 151 or GRD 151

GRA 256. Image Manipulation II. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers electronic color separation and its relationship to multi-color printing. Topics include color theory, separation, color matching, proofing, and output of process and spot color images. Upon completion, students should be able to use hardware and image processing software to produce color separations and proofs for various printing processes.

Prerequisites: Take GRA 255

GRA 257. Image Manipulation III. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of GRA 256. Emphasis is placed on producing quality color separations through image manipulation, gray component replacement/undercolor removal, dot-gain compensation, and color correction. Upon completion, students should be able to use hardware and software to produce color separations that have been adjusted to meet tolerances of printing production equipment.

Prerequisites: Take All: GRA 153 and GRA 256

Printing Courses

PRN 131. Flexography I. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides basic hands-on instruction in flexographic image preparation, platemaking, mounting, and printing. Emphasis is placed on taking press measurements, making and mounting plates, and obtaining quality in press operation on a narrow-web press. Upon completion, students should be able to describe and perform flexographic production procedures in pre-press, press setup, press operation, and die-cutting.

PRN 132. Flexography II. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of PRN 131 and introduces wide-web presses. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting press problems, color matching, parts identification, make-ready, and setup of narrow-web, wide-web, or corrugated presses. Upon completion, students should be able to produce advanced projects involving all flexographic production phases. This course is a unique concentration requirement in the Flexography concentration in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program.

Prerequisites: Take PRN 131

PRN 155. Screen Printing I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers screen printing techniques and materials. Topics include methods, materials, design, and image and stencil preparation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to produce single- or multi-color projects.

PRN 156. Screen Printing II. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of PRN 155. Emphasis is placed on advanced techniques and current industry practices. Upon completion, students should be able to produce multi-color projects utilizing various photographic stencil methods and substrates.

Prerequisites: Take PRN 155

PRN 221. Offset Press Operations. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced lithographic theory and provides extensive hands-on operating experience. Emphasis is placed on make-ready, press operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of multi-color jobs on sheet-fed offset presses and duplicators. Upon completion, students should be able to set up, run, maintain, and produce commercial-quality multi-color work.

PRN 231. Flexography III. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is a continuation of PRN 132. Emphasis is placed on the products made and processes used in the industry. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced production techniques of flexographic products. This course is a unique concentration requirement in the Flexography concentation in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program.

Prerequisites: Take PRN 132

PRN 232. Flexography IV. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides opportunities for advanced and specialized study in flexography. Emphasis is placed on specialized product design and production. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the comprehensive scope of the flexographic industry, products, and processes. This course is a unique concentration requirement in the Flexography concentation in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program.

Prerequisites: Take PRN 231

PRN 240. Print Estimating/Planning. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers printing economics, development of cost centers, job flow throughout departments, and material and labor costs. Topics include budgeted, hourly, cost-rate derivation; production standards and data; and analysis of other estimating procedures including computer-assisted estimating. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of economic factors of the printing industry and determine all production costs of printed jobs. This course is a unique concentration requirement in the Flexography concentation in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program.

Prerequisites: Take GRA 121

PRN 241. Flexo Applications I. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to specialize in certain applications in flexographic printing. Emphasis is placed on understanding color and production concerns in order to produce products. Upon completion, students should be able to troubleshoot color problems during printing and relate them to the production procedures. This course is a unique concentration requirement in the Flexography concentation in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program.

Prerequisites: Take All: GRA 152 and PRN 131

PRN 242. Flexo Applications II. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to produce comprehensive projects, including color work on special substrates using specialty inks. Emphasis is placed on compensation for press limitations to produce high-quality color products. Upon completion, students should be able to produce color images on a variety of substrates and troubleshoot and solve production problems. This course is a unique concentration requirement in the Flexography concentation in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program.

Prerequisites: Take All: PRN 241, GRA 153, and GRA 255