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Louisiana Technical College

Graphic Communications/Desktop Publishing

CIP 100303
Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Technical Diploma (TD),
Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS),
Technical Competency Area (TCA)

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Description | Employment Opportunities | Cost

Mission and Program Description:

Graphic Communications/Desktop Publishing provides an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the use of tools, test equipment, operating equipment, materials, and processes to make ready, operate, and maintain photography and printing equipment for the production of process color printing.

Length of Program:

AAS = 74 Semester Credit Hours
TD = 59 Semester Credit Hours

Education Requirements:

AAS = High School Diploma or GED
TD = Ability to Benefit

Placement Exam Scores: Spring 2008 Program Placement Score Chart (PDF)
AAS Program (Fall 07) COMPASS Scores: Read 85; Math 55; Engl./Writ. 70
ACT Scores: Read 20; Math 19; Engl./Writ. 18

TD Program (Fall 07)

COMPASS Scores: Read 77; Math 41; Engl./Writ. 47
ACT Scores: Read 18; Math 17; Engl./Writ. 16

Approximate Total Cost of Books and Supplies:

Contact the Student Affairs Office of the campus of your choice

Note:  Transferable General Education Courses needed to meet the requirements for the AAS are offered through a collaborative agreement with South Louisiana Community College (SLCC).

The objectives of the Graphic Communications/Desktop Publishing program are to provide

  • Students with knowledge, skills, and attitude that prepare them for employment in the field.
  • Students with knowledge and skills training involving prepress and production.
  • Students with skills training in the use of bindry equipment.
  • Skills training that will prepare students to assist in the printing process in a simulated work environment or in an actual print shop.
  • Skills training that will enable students to assist in the prepress preparation of jobs.
  • Students with knowledge and skills involving prepress activities in the preparation of a job using computers for layout.
  • Training on how to prepare documents and graphics to be used in a completed layout for production.
  • Training in how to prepare and edit photographs in a document for complete job production.
  • Provide AAS degree seeking students with appropriate General Education knowledge and skills in English, Math, Speech, Psychology, and Physical Science.





An application or re-application fee and a testing fee per component are charged for each Application for Admission submitted.

Tuition is paid by the semester. (SEE - Tuition and Fees) Students are also required to purchase books and supplies separately. Contact your host campus for a complete projected cost of this program.

The college accepts cash, personal and company checks, MasterCard or Visa for all fees. A percentage of tuition and fees are refundable up to the tenth day of instruction. No refund will be made after the tenth day.