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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Arts Technology (Package Design)

Harper College
4 semesters
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Arts Technology (Package Design)

This 61 credit-hour program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the graphic arts industry. This degree provides a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for new jobs as well as provide career advancement opportunities. The curriculum includes current and proprietary application instruction with a focus on creative package design techniques. Emphasis is on the packaging industry, including a complete understanding of print production for a variety of products. All students in the program complete a required sequence of classes and then select this package design specialty to be employable in this visual communication industry or transfer to a 4 year program.

Admission requirements

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Program content

First Semester:

  • Composition
  • Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology
  • Graphic Arts Desktop Publishing
  • Digital Imaging I
  • Mathematics

Second Semester:

  • Composition or
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Digital Illustration I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Wordpress and Mobile Technologies or
  • Internet Fundamentals

Third Semester:

  • Design I
  • Color Management
  • Press Operations
  • Graphic Design II
  • Package Design

Fourth Semester:

  • AAS General Education elective
  • Packaging, Finishing and Distribution
  • Digital Illustration II 
  • Graphic Portfolio Design
  • Page Layout
  • Prepress Production 

Scholarships & funding

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Tuition fees

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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  • Demonstrate strong visual skills through graphic design.
  • Demonstrate strong typography ability and principles of design knowledge.
  • Utilize all graphic and packaging applications in layout and design.
  • Comprehend the graphic arts workflow from design through print and finishing.
  • Comprehend color management requirements in a graphic arts workflow.
  • Create acceptable print-ready digital graphic files using industry standard preflight criteria for packaging industry.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and procedures in prepress, pressroom and bindery operations for packaging.
  • Exhibit good communication skills to participate in a visual communications industry.

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About this institute

Harper College

Harper College, one of the United States’ premier community colleges, is located in the northwest suburbs just 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Harper offers more than 50 fields of study and more than 450 popular general education...

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Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
60067 Palatine Illinois
United States of America

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