Graphics Technology

WHAT DOES A GRAPHIC DESIGNER DO?

If you are creative and technically savvy, graphics is a great career for you. Today, the field combines artistic skill with computers and technology. Washburn Tech will introduce you to this fast-growing industry and prepare you for entry-level jobs in agencies, internal design departments and electronic publishing houses. You’ll learn how graphics, photography and print work together to provide a high-quality image for an organization or business.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The program provides instruction on the basics of graphic design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop through tutorials, hands-on activities, projects and internship opportunities. Washburn Tech instructors also focus on digital photography and printing. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can complete the program in four semesters. Upon completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University. Due to the popularity of this program, applicants must go through a competitive enrollment process. The application deadline is January 11, 2016. Please talk with a Washburn Tech recruiter for details.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

The U.S. Department of Labor expected employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent from 2008 to 2018 as demand continues to increase from advertisers and computer design firms. Competition, however, is high as many talented people are attracted to this career. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for an entry-level graphic designer in 2015 was $14.57 an hour or $30,316 annually. The average wage was $20.37 an hour or $42,361 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $30,316 $14.57
Average $42,361 $20.37

CERTIFICATIONS

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Indesign
Adobe Photoshop
OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August and is subject to competitive enrollment. Please see a recruiter for details. 

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 year pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)