Create the career you want.
You think visually and strategically. And your skills are needed: 100% of our available graphic design grads are working in full-time, part-time, or freelance positions.*
“The instructors’ professional experience helped me prepare for the real world and offered insight you won't gain anywhere else. The hands-on, fast paced environment prepared me to be the successful designer I am today.”
Alexandra H., 2015 Graphic Design graduate. Creative Director, Higher Images, Inc.
Visualize working in the profession.
You live creatively, think visually, and operate technologically. You want to work with others who share your passion and talent. You want to share your ideas with the world. The place to start is our Graphic Design program.
Graphic designers are the visual and conceptual thinkers who bring ideas to life across every industry. You see their work in packaging and ads, and in social media and on the sites you visit. It’s this combination of print, photography, and interactive skills that have driven the need for well-rounded designers, and it’s what we teach at PTC.
You’ll immerse yourself in digital design as you work with instructors from the industry to create websites—where you’ll focus on coding from a user experience point of view—print ads, brochures, corporate identity packages, and more. You’ll develop skills and techniques in computer graphics, electronic imaging, and commercial production as you work with digital cameras and industry specific software.
You’ll start with the fundamentals of color, composition and typography, then move on to computer graphics, electronic imaging, and commercial printing. You’ll build an online and print portfolio. Learn problem-solving and client communication skills. And assemble a portfolio of your best work that you can share with prospective employers.
Your real-world internship will put all that hands-on learning to the test as you sharpen the networking, presentation, and interview skills you’ll need to launch your career. Once you do, you'll want to take advantage of our Alumni Freelance Center. This online resource offers the tools the tools to build your own practice with your own clients—along with professional networking opportunities. You’ll find helpful articles, tutorials, and links to services and job postings.
Apply fundamental design theories to communicate ideas visually.
Develop corporate identity packages.
Make effective client presentations.
Design annual reports.
Design tradeshow booths.
Build responsive websites.
Assemble digital and print portfolios.
Our Graphic Design grads are creating careers in roles such as:
Marketing associate/social media specialist
Employers of PTC Graduates**
Our Career Services staff will work with you on your job search—just as they’ve helped our grads who’ve been hired by employers like:
Mathews International (Schawk)
The Graphic Design path consists of eight quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
Color Theory and Techniques
Computer Illustration (IL)
Steps To Career Success 1
Computerized Page Make-Up
Principles of Writing
English Composition 1
Web Design 1
English Composition 2
Steps To Career Success 2
Advanced Digital Imaging/Production
Web Design 2
Portfolio Development 1
Web Design 3
Portfolio Development 2
Portfolio Web Development
Human Relations In Organizations
Entrepreneurship – Online
Ready to get started?
Whether you want to speak with a representative, swing by campus or get the application process started, it's time to discover how different a college can be.
*Showcases graduates from 2018 classes. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2018-3/28/2019. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Visit PTCollege.edu/employmentstats to learn more.
**Background check and drug screening may be required prior to employment.
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