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School of Applied Technology

Graphic Technician (KGRT)

Certificate of Proficiency
675 Hours

In the Graphic Technician Program, students learn to communicate with employees, customers, and other businesses through printed material, websites, electronic presentations, videos and other related media. This program is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the skills and visual literacy needed for employment in the graphic design media industry. The courses will cover visual language, composition, typography, photography, color, and graphic communication. This program provides comprehensive training in software applications and skills to prepare students for employment requiring design responsibilities in a variety of organizational settings.

Occupations in this Area

For state and national occupation information, visit enter the following O*Net code(s):

  • 27-1024.00 Graphic Designers

Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: $40.00
  • Tuition: $1,505.25
  • Student Fees: $101.25
  • Lab Fees: $25.00
  • Books: $576.05

Total Estimated Cost: $2,2.47.55
(subject to change without notice)

Financial Aid



This program is offered in a Competency Based Education (CBE) format. It is divided into several payment periods consisting of 10-weeks each, except for the final one which is variable in length. This allows students to accelerate and complete as many courses as they can within each of those time periods while the tuition and fees remain fixed. Students will be expected to invest a minimum of 16 hours per week on coursework and will enroll in each course according to the established sequence in the catalog.

Students receiving Federal Financial Aid or VA funding please contact your academic advisor for specific information regarding eligibility.

Students who only need one or more courses for purposes other than earning a certificate for a full program of study may enroll for Personalized Professional Training (PPT) courses, available in select program areas.


TABE Test Results:

  • Reading: 10.0
  • Math: 8.0

Keyboarding Speed of 20 CWPM (correct words per minute) on a 5 minute timing.

Need a little help with keyboarding? Academic Readiness courses will get you up to speed!

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Graphic Design


Students need a USB Flash Drive and headphones for the first day of class.

Available Class Schedules

South City Campus

1575 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mon - Thu 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4. Think Critically and Creatively
  5. Civic Engagement
  6. Work Professionally and Constructively
  7. Develop Computer and Information Literacy

Students demonstrate the advanced features of design software, file management, using comprehensive knowledge to create visual effective graphics per department and industry standards through projects. 

1, 2, 4, 7

The student will demonstrate the theory and application of design by creating visually effective graphics to department and industry standards.

1, 2, 4

Students will demonstrate mastery in communication and delivery of skills and knowledge in their projects as defined by department and industry standards.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media by creating projects to competency standards determined by department and industry standards. 

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of a life cycle of a print job, press-room processes by preparing quality print-ready projects ready to submit to a printer as determined by industry standards.

1, 2, 3, 4

Students will demonstrate the fundamentals of color printing and editing to industry standards determined by creating print-ready, pre-press projects. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Required Courses: (675 Clock Hours)



Clock Hours



KAOS 0170

Computer Concepts



KMDT 0311

Image Editing



KMDT 0040

Computer Illustration



KMDT 0031

Design Principles



KMDT 0020

Graphic Design Applications



KMDT 0320

Desktop Publishing Applications



KMDT 0300

Desktop Publishing Fundamental



KMDT 0010

Media Design Introduction



KWRK 0515

Job-Seeking Skills



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