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2021-2022 Catalog

Graphic Communications Technology, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5009
Curriculum Code: 2455.VCT
Campus Location: South

Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma
Recommended High School Courses and/or Experiences: Science, Math, Keyboarding, Social Science, English.
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Printing and Graphic Arts Firms, Advertising and Publishing Firms.


Program Description

Graphic Communications Technology A.A.S. degree prepares students with the technical skills needed to produce a variety of products found in the field, transforming ideas into digital and print media. Topics will introduce the creative process and all of the steps in between to produce the final product. The degree develops strong computer skills using the current industry-standard software in addition to hands-on lab assignments incorporating traditional printing process, digital and wide format printing. The degree includes a capstone course, highlighting skills learned throughout the program, culminating in a strong portfolio that can be used to give an advantage when seeking employment after graduation. May include an opportunity for a job shadow or internship option. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in printing, publishing and related industries. 

To successfully complete the program, a candidate must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all departmental courses and a minimum overall Erie Community College GPA of 2.0.


Department Notes

Any student in this program, with or without reasonable accommodations, should be able to:

  • visually identify errors, color correction, or related proofing mistakes associated with various printing or design related functions;
  • stand, sit or walk for long periods of time to operate machinery such as a press, folder, cutter, computer, or other related press or bindery equipment; and
  • lift approximately 20-30 pounds for loading, unloading, or stacking of paper or related supplies.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Use critical thinking to create and combine words, images and graphic elements to provide a visual representation of ideas and messages.
  • Execute principles and elements of design with technical construction techniques.
  • Evaluate and execute the steps needed to prepare a file, from pre-flighting through platemaking for the production of a successful printing project.
  • Identify incoming files for any errors, prepare and assemble individual pages into a larger press sheet layout.
  • Identify the types of offset printing machines that are commonly used, the steps and skills required to operate a press, and common binding and finishing procedures.
  • Explore, experiment, and master skillsets in traditional disciplines and digital techniques. Identify emerging technology as it relates to the printing and related industries, the processes commonly used applications, and materials available.
  • Identify, evaluate and prepare for entry level employment opportunities in the field of graphic communications industry.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester

First Year, Spring Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester


** Note: A Web Page Design Certificate is also available requiring specific Graphic and Liberal Arts courses. Students should consult his/her academic adviser for designated sequencing of required courses. Students may elect to transfer credits from the Degree program to the one-year Web Page Design Certificate program to supplement their degree with a certificate through additional study.

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser.

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