Desktop Publishing Certificate

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This certificate provides training on state-of-the-art hardware using the most updated computer software programs required in the graphic design industry.

Since graphic design has become a high-tech business, it is important to learn technical computer skills. These skills, such as page layout basics, scanning operations, image-editing techniques and computer graphic applications are taught along with basic core courses.

This certificate provides students with a primary technical specialty. Students completing this certificate can, by taking selected general education courses and a secondary technical specialty, have the opportunity to obtain an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology. Students should meet with their advisor(s) to select the proper courses to meet their particular educational goals.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Kendall Adams


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day or Evening Program

ARV 110 Computer Graphics I 3.0
ARV 120 Drawing 3.0
ARV 121 Design 3.0
CGC 106 Typography I 3.0
AOT 105 Keyboarding 3.0
ARV 161 Visual Communications Media 3.0
ARV 162 Graphic Reproduction I 3.0
CGC 110 Electronic Publishing 3.0
ARV 266 Seminar in Graphics Art 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ARV 265 Graphics Art Portfolio 1.0
CGC 210 Advanced Electronic Publishing 3.0
CWE 112 Cooperative Work Experience I 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 36.0

Updated 4/18/2012


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - The student will use current industry standard equipment and software in developing technical skills such as page layout and design, scanning operations, image-editing techniques, and other computer graphic applications.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate the ability to use design techniques in creating various printed items as well as media for web and electronic distribution.

2.  Recognize and describe the design software tools and procedures.

3.  Conceptualize, Design, and Create standalone design elements as assigned.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to organize, archive, and retrieve data using current computer technologies. 


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Advisement Information

  • Basic verbal, grammar, and spelling skills are a must.

  • A very good grasp of basic computer use and navigation is required for success in this curriculum

  • Some level of proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite is highly recommended. If a student has had none or limited exposure to this software, CPT 160 or CPT 161 is recommended prior to enrollment in ARV courses.

  • Students may also wish to use this certificate to fulfill requirements for the Associate in Occupational Technology degree, with a major in General Technology.

  • Commercial art students are to be reminded that several investments into their future must be made (i.e. laptop, digital camera, portable external hard drives, etc.)

Advisement Information updated 10/24/2011