Graphic Design

Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications


The Graphic Design program gives students the opportunity to learn and apply the fundamentals of various design software applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Students gain skills and techniques in image editing, computer vector drawing, page layout, digital printing, binding, digital photography, etc. Valuable knowledge and experience is gained through challenging hands-on projects that are typical of the graphic design industry.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Secondary Student


Post-secondary Student

In-district: $2.50 per hour

Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour

Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (525 hours)

Graphic Design Fundamentals
Design Illustration
Advanced Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design
Digital Layout

Estimated time to complete: 10 months

Student Organization



8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Artist, Creative Director, Creative Manager, Design Director, Designer, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Online Producer, Production Artist, Publications Designer – Approximate Pay Potential: $10-43 per hour (O*NET source: 27-1024.00 - Graphic Designers):

Juli McClennahan

Juli McClennahan

Graphic Design Instructor


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Graphic Designer
Adobe Certified Professional (ACP):
Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.


Student Projects

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