Visual Communication Technology
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Program Description

Visual communications in the form of brochures, newsletters, books, magazines, newspapers, Web pages and multimedia are used to keep our society well-informed as well as entertained. They are found in every town, city and country throughout the world. The age of utilizing handset type and manually-operated printing presses to make such printed products is gone, replacing them are new technologies, computers and complimentary software and equipment that present an overwhelming need for specialized training and skilled individuals.

The demand for entry-level estimators, computer layout and design operators, graphic sales people, pre-press technicians, as well as printing technicians, now exists and will continue to exist within this ever expanding industry.

The Visual Communications Technology-Graphic Arts & Printing curriculum specializes in courses in electronic publishing, print administration, electronic imaging and image assembly and lithographic press. To supplement classroom learning, hands-on laboratories are provided, as well as tutor monitored laboratories, for the majority of curriculum intensive courses. To enhance the graphic arts-printing courses, selected English, math, social science, humanities and science electives are required.

The objective of this curriculum is to prepare students for a wide range of job opportunities as technicians working within the graphic arts printing industry.

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5009
Curriculum Code: 0677
Campus Location: South
Engineering & Technologies Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS or HSE Diploma

Recommended HS Courses And/Or Experiences:
Social Science

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Printing and Graphic Arts Firms
Advertising and Publishing Firms


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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