Graphic Design

Program Guide

Spring 2017 Semester Schedule


The Program

The job opportunities for individuals who are skilled in the art of graphic design and illustration are virtually endless, and with The Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting continued growth in this area through 2020, it’s becoming an attractive sector for many young creative professionals to get into.

Though the vast majority of students who graduate from Salina Tech’s Graphic Design Program start their careers with advertising agencies, catalogs, publishing houses, television agencies and multimedia companies, many go on to obtain 4-year degrees from other institutions. Many also go on to work as self-employed freelancers, where hourly rates can range as high as $70 to $90 per hour.

From multimedia and printing, to web design and computer drawing techniques, students who graduate from this program obtain the skills and knowledge they need to effectively utilize some of the most advanced software programs used by graphic artists and advertising professionals throughout the industry today. So that when they do enter the job market, they’re prepared for anything that might come their way.


Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.





Program Outcomes

1. Develop an understanding and mastery of computer programs that build technical skills in Graphic Design.
2.  Develop student discipline in time management skill used to meet project deadlines.
3.  Develop competency in a variety of technologies to create, capture, and manipulate design elements in producing an appropriately prepared final production piece.
4.  Choose appropriate media technologies to effectively plan, manage time, and resources to produce digital video, photography, and web.
5. Create visual media through incorporating new media skills including digital graphics design concepts, digit video, photography, and web.
6. Create effective visual communication through the application of design and color theories and design principles to develop effective design solutions.
7. Apply typographic theory and knowledge to create effective visual communication.
8. Create and integrate illustrations and imagery to develop and communicate design solutions.
9. Develop critical thinking and self-motivated learning abilities to expand professional growth skills.
10. Assume responsibility for career development and continuing education.
11. Develop presentation skills.






Program Length

2 Years


Cathy Strowig

Jim Smith


Expected Starting Salary

$25,000 - $35,000

Career Opportunities

Advertising Agencies

In-house Marketing

Multimedia Companies

Web Development Firms

Retail Identities

Service Bureaus

Catalogs & Magazines


Television Channels

Production Houses

Publishing Companies

Self-Employed (Freelance)

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Vice President of Student Services, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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