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Take the First Step Into Your Graphic Design Career
Providing easy-to-digest visual information in a technology-heavy world, graphic artists work in a wide variety of settings - including commercial businesses, advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporate communications departments, as well as for newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies. At South Hills School of Business & Technology, you’ll study the history of the field, learning from the past as you become part of its ever-evolving future.
A successful GA student…
- Is self-motivated
- Is driven and creative
- Is receptive to constructive feedback
- Has a strong work ethic
Our two-year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program prepares you for employment in visual communication through a variety of media, including:
- Social Media
South Hills Alumni Stories – Kara Ballenger
Why South Hills?
Start designing on day one.
Small class sizes.
Real-world job insights.
Student Internship Locations
- Flyland Designs
- Centre County Gazette
- Barash Media
- DePiro Entertainment
A Practical Curriculum
The Graphic Arts program prepares students to:
- Apply fundamental traditions of design through concept development, color, composition, image making, typography, and verbal and written communication.
- Engage in creative problem-solving to produce effective solutions in visually communicating information about products, services, companies, or individuals.
- Create graphic design using software including Adobe® Creative Suite and website design and productivity software commonly used in the graphic arts industry.
- Create a complete print and digital portfolio that reflects the professional skills acquired through project-based curriculum and a second-year internship.
Using well-known software and resources, our faculty will train you in the fundamentals of:
- Web design
- Logo design and corporate identity
- Publication design
- Advertising design
- Collateral design
- Color theory
- Other newly emerging areas
- Computer Graphics
- Video Production & Editing
- Social Media and Marketing for Designers
- Advanced Web Site Design
Complete Course List
Graphic Arts Course List for 2020-21
|Term||Course #||Course Name||Credits||Clock Hours|
|First Term||GE183||Business English I||4||60|
|GA130||Fundamentals of Design||4||60|
|GA120||Fundamentals of Drawing||3||60|
|Second Term||GE231||Art History for the Graphic Designer||5||60|
|GE184||Business English II||4||60|
|GA124||Introduction to Computer Graphics (Photoshop)||4||60|
|GE213||Oral Business Communications||2||24|
|Third Term||GA230||Advertising Design||3.5||60|
|GA225||Computer Graphics - Illustrator||4||60|
|GA121||Graphic Design Studio I||3.5||60|
|CP134||Web Site Design||4||60|
|Fourth Term||GE234||Geometry for Design||3||36|
|GE178||Human Relations in the Workplace||2.5||36|
|CD207||Job Search Skills||2||24|
|GA235||Social Media and Marketing for Designers||4||60|
|IT218||Web Site Design II||4||60|
|Fifth Term||GA236||Advanced Web Site Design (Motion Graphics)||4||60|
|GA219||Graphic Design Studio II||3.5||60|
|GA227||Typography - Expressive & Experimental||3||48|
|GA233||Video Production and Editing||3.5||48|
|Sixth Term||CD106||Career Preparation||0.5||10|
|GA232||Freelance Business Development||2||21|
|GA234||Graphic Arts Internship||11||330|
|GA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS||GA PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS|
|119.5 Credits||1,993 Clock Hours|
Meet the Faculty
Ray Liddick Jr.
Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus
Ray Liddick Jr., the Program Coordinator for Graphic Arts, has been an Information Technology and Graphic Arts Instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2004.
Ray is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Temple University and has had MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) accreditation. Ray has spent decades utilizing his IT and graphic arts creativity on the job. Outside of the school, he is the Marketing Media & IT Manager at Pneu-Dart, Inc., a global manufacturer of remote drug delivery, as well as being the Creative Director/Owner of Open Door Visions.
In the classroom and on the job, Ray applies his artistic vision and IT experiences to a wide range of projects including print design, web development, project management and IT infrastructure/networking.
State College Main Campus
Jim Colbert has been teaching in the South Hills Graphic Arts program since March 2008. He was formerly the Art Director at the Barash Group and has held similar positions at Murphy Communications, Graphics II and Glosser Bros./Gee Bee Corporate Advertising. He has won numerous awards through his career for his work in advertising, design, illustration and copywriting for clients including Penn State Hospitality, Nittany Bank, Altoona Hospital, Snappy's, Claster's and Benzel's.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Jim currently is the principle at jimcolbertdesign.com and specializes in music- and arts-related print design and automotive illustration, as well as regularly designing advertising graphics and contributing to other marketing efforts for South Hills. Outside of school, Jim is an award-winning singer songwriter, a folk DJ, and heavily involved behind the scenes in the local and regional acoustic music scenes. He also coordinates the David Newman Gallery at Webster's Bookstore Café.
Jim's Faculty Spotlight
State College Main Campus
Rick Gority, instructor for computer skills classes, has been teaching at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2009.
Rick received a BA from Penn State University in Telecommunications. In conjunction with a close friend, he co-founded a web & graphic design company in 2000. Rick continued to develop his skills with hardware and networking support, which led to his career in the IT field.
When free time is available, Rick enjoys boating on Lake Raystown, brewing beer, and vacationing in the Outer Banks.
Program Advisory Committee
|Member Name||Job Title||Company|
|Jennifer Norton||Assistant Director||Penn State Press|
|Steve Kress||Owner||Steve Kress Design|
|Chip Mock||Owner||Mock Creations|
|Jim Lukens-Gable||Art Director||Penn State Multimedia and Print Center|
|Dennis Maney||Senior Graphic Designer||Penn State College of Health and Human Development|
|Doug Irwin||Graphic Designer||Penn State Housing and Food Services|
|Tiara Snare||Senior Graphic Designer||The Barash Group|
|Mark Dello Stritto||Owner/Senior Art Director||Loaded Creative|
|Jorge Jovel||Owner||Black Sheep Media|
|Ryan Cherry||Owner/Freelancer||Grizzly Design Company|