This program prepares students to enter into the Graphic Communication field—particularly printing and publishing. Students will develop an understanding of the entire production process from concept and design through printing and manufacturing. The program will prepare you with an understanding of workflow while working under tight deadlines on projects similar to those in the industry, all the while taking into consideration cost and environmental issues. Students will work with projects in both traditional print and digital formats. An internship is required as part of this learning process.
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Diploma – 50 credits
*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
According to ISEEK, prepress worker wages vary according to their job description as well as the size and location of the company or business where they work. ISEEK: "Employees may also be paid more if they have more training and experience. Workers who are members of a union usually are paid more than non-union employees. Prepress workers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Some companies also provide a retirement plan."
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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|Minnesota State University Moorhead||BS||Operations Management||View|
The Digital Publishing program has articulation agreements with several area high schools; high school students can earn a certificate for a course in the program, for example, Introduction to Photoshop. That certificate is worth one free credit when the student applies for the program at DCTC. Below is a list of schools with this option:
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Digital Publishing program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student success in design competitions, student field trips, student projects and the accomplishments of our digital publishing instructors.
You can stay current with things happening in the Digital Publishing program and the commercial printing field by following the Visual Communications blog.
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As a student in DCTC's Digital Publishing program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the design industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
The American Institute of Graphic Arts, or AIGA, is the planet's oldest and largest professional membership organization for design with 67 chapters and more than 23,000 members nationwide. As a student in the Graphic Design Technology program, you will make the most of AIGA's vast cache of design resources, including inspirational advice from the industry's top professionals as well as news about upcoming design events and competitions. You will also have a picture window into critical information that can and will augment your professional development.
DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Graphic Design Technology students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the graphic design field. The following club is a must if you're at all interested in boosting your competitive moxie as a graphic designer:
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.
In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.
In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.