Commercial Art Technology

Program Objective

The Commercial Art Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment as Graphic Designers and related work. This course also provides supplemental training for persons currently or previously employed in this occupation.

Program Content

Students in the Commercial Art Technology program will learn to produce promotional and informational material for print, specialty and web media from concept to completion. Special emphasis is placed on advertising, illustration and graphic design. Individuals shall be trained in the elements & principles of design, layout, typography and image creation. Using both traditional methods and industry standard software, students will build a portfolio of work. This course also covers employability skills and preparation for industry certification.

Our classroom is set up to emulate an actual art department within an ad agency in order to replicate a true-to-life experience for the learner. The curriculum is intended to build knowledge, skill and self-confidence as it provides the perfect mixture of theory and practical application.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Meet with a counselor
  • Create update profile information on Focus
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology 

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1500 hours, but a student can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points OCPs:

OCP A Graphic Designer:         450 hours                                            

OCP B Digital Designer:            450 hours

OCP C – Print Media Artist:          300 hours

OCP D – Web Designer:                300 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE® test, or Industry Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates can find work in advertising agencies, animation studios, design firms, gaming companies, government agencies, movie studios, print shops, publishing houses, sign shops, television stations, web development establishments, and many businesses that maintain their own in-house creative departments. Freelance opportunities also exist for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Employment Requirements

Strong portfolio of illustrations or other graphic designs certifications from software vendors may provide a competitive job advantage.

Salary

According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for an Art Director was $53,380 annually or $25.66 per hour.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

Financial AID

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.

Commercial Arts