Graphic Design Technology

Why Graphic Design Technology at DCTC?

The Graphic Design Technology program at DCTC isn't bogged down in theory and endless lectures. Your mind will be immersed in the latest and greatest technology, including the most up-to-date versions of Adobe creative apps and sleek iMacs loaded with RAM. Graphic design work at DCTC is hands-on and geared for your success in a highly competitive job marketplace. Our instructors not only have tons of talent and experience, they also care about your advancement—creatively and professionally—in the graphic design field. Through internships, job shadowing and critiques from industry professionals, you will take your graphic design skill set to the next level and beyond.

Quick Facts

  • Average pay for graphic designers in the Twin Cities metro area is more than $24/hour; top earners make nearly $37/hour. (ISEEK: Graphic Designers Salary Information).

  • Employment for graphic designers in the U.S. is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020 (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • The cost to attend DCTC's Graphic Design Technology program per year is roughly 60 percent less than that of a comparable program offered at a private trade school in Minnesota.

  • The program belongs to the American Institute of Graphic Arts, or AIGA, the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design in the world with 67 chapters and more than 23,000 members nationwide.

  • As you near graduation, you can showcase your best work at the DCTC Visual Communications Portfolio Show, a year-end exhibition that attracts more than 200 people to the DCTC campus, including program alumni and industry professionals; check out the 2013 VCOM Portfolio Show program.

  • Instructor Connie Larson has a master's degree in business and industrial education and a bachelor's degree in studio arts from the University of Minnesota; check out her bio.

  • Instructor Mary Belanger is an expert in print production, having served as the production coordinator at Universal Creative Services and as the co-owner of her own graphic print business; check out her bio.

  • Instructor Pete Skoro has a master's degree in education from the College of St. Scholastica and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; check out his bio.

  • This program features a flexible course delivery window: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; you can earn your degree or diploma just taking night classes at DCTC.

  • You can get Credit for Prior Learning, or CPL, for your experience in the graphic design field.

  • DCTC Graphic Design Technology faculty, students and graduates have built a strong, positive reputation in the industry, which makes it easier for you to land internships and jobs.

  • The Graphic Design Technology program has articulation agreements with several area high schools; high school students can earn a certificate in a course in the program worth one free credit. (see Transfer page for more info).