Graphic Communication Technology

Graphic Communication Technology

Develop Deep Graphics Expertise

The Graphic Communication Technology program prepares students for employment in the technical design and production area of the graphic communication industry.

Following an introduction to the graphics industry, the core program develops students’ practical knowledge and provides hands-on experience with current standards in graphic communication.

Students learn design, layout, image manipulation, and illustration principles to apply final graphics used in 2D design, print, Web, and motion graphics. They also receive extensive experience working on Apple computers using industry-standard software from Adobe.

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Program Notice

This program's name will change to Visual Communication and Design in Fall 2024.


Paying for your degree may be easier than you think with our financial aid and scholarships. Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year.

Students in this program, full or part time, may be eligible to have half of their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant for up to two years!

Graduates of the Graphic Communications Technology program will be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving solutions through the use of  2D and interactive design.
  • Conceptualize visual media projects using imagination and insight.
  • Produce original work that highlights illustrative design, layout and production capabilities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and utilize the appropriate media type for the development of visual assets.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and act upon written and oral communications both internal (art director/production manager) and external (client).
  • Analyze and evaluate various design styles for proper use for a given design strategy.
  • Employ appropriate time management skills pertinent to design budget.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify client needs and apply the design and production solutions to those needs.

A program conference is recommended prior to starting the program. You’ll learn more about the program and have an opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty. To register for a program conference, please email Please note: Before attending a program conference, you’ll need to have submitted an application.

Program Costs

Graphic Communication Technology 

School Year: 2023–24

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 12 15 6 15 16 64
In-State Tuition $2,520 $3,150 $1,260 $3,150 $3,360 $13,440
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $601 $1,104 $344 $1,137 $528 $3,714
Course/Section Fees $10 $30 $0 $20 $40 $100
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $3,181 $4,334 $1,654 $4,357 $3,978 $17,504


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $210 (In-State), $281 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

Program Requirements

To get into the Graphic Communication Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

  • Attend a program conference


What Career Could This Lead To?

Graduates with a Graphic Communication Technology degree can obtain jobs in a variety of career fields.
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Mission Statement

Identify and promote/provide quality skills needed in the visual and interactive community.


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