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Graphic Design and Photography

The demand for skilled and talented graphics personnel continues to grow throughout the nation. Two-year recipients are avidly sought and well compensated for their expertise. Some careers requiring Graphic Design skills are entry level designer, production artist, web page designer, graphic artist, pre-press and production specialist.

The certificate program provides the student with the necessary skills to adapt to cutting edge digital technology. Some careers requiring graphics skills are in the area of desktop publishing, as an entry-level designer in advertising agencies and publishing houses and as freelancers.

   Related Careers:*

   Skills Competency Awards:

  • Advanced Photo Design
    • Multiple opportunities within profession: photography studios, design studios, advertising agencies and corporate industries that deal in rich media.
  • Digital Darkroom and Color Management for RGB
    • The SCA in Digital Darkroom & Color Management for RGB will prepare students for working as a digital photography technician or as a digital photography color management technician.
  • Photo Design
    • The Skills Competency Award in Photo Design will provide the following career and/or job opportunities: photo assistant, design studio assistant, advertising agencies, design studios, magazines and newspapers (online and print), art departments, corporate advertising/marketing departments, any media rich corporation needing digital imaging and management skills.
  • Print and Color Management for CMYK
    • The SCA in Print and Color Management for CMYK will prepare students for working as a prepress production artist, Service Bureau technician, and color management technician.

SBCC Offerings

A.A. Degree in Graphic Design and Photography with Concentration in Graphic Design.
Certificate in Graphic Design and several Skills Competency Awards also available.

EDD Occupational Guides*

Graphic Designers

*Information on job descriptions for these fields is pulled from Onet Online, a nationally maintained source of occupational information, and The California Employment Development Department (EDD) website. Visit these sites for additional occupation profiles, or explore the extensive career and major database, Eureka, that SBCC subscribes to at; create an account there using the SBCC site ID code: VUOHNDU.

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