Graphic Arts College South Hills School Of Business & Tecnology

Graphic Arts

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available at the State College Main Campus

The South Hills Graphic Arts program prepares you for a lifelong career communicating visually—through a variety of media, including: illustration, print, web, video, interactive, and social.

You’ll begin designing from day one. Using well-known software and resources, the Graphic Arts faculty will train you in typography, web design, logo design and corporate identity, packaging, publication design, advertising design, collateral design, and color theory, among newly emerging areas.

You’ll study the history of design, learning from the past while stepping into the future. A small class size and a practical curriculum ensure we will tap into your true potential and bring out your creative best!

 
 

The Graphic Arts program at South Hills is taught by faculty who are seasoned educators and working professional designers with experience in every facet of the field. Our teachers have designed web sites, publications, packaging, annual reports, advertising campaigns, corporate identities, CD packaging, and outdoor advertising. They have also worked as professional copywriters, art directors, and videographers.

At the end of the program, you will graduate with a versatile, well-rounded print portfolio and web site, ready to “hit the ground running” as you launch your career in the field of graphic arts.

To succeed in this program, you must be self-motivated, driven, creative, and receptive to constructive feedback, with a strong work ethic.


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GA Program, Student, & Alumni News

Alumni Stories – Carla-Ann F. Henry

Alumni Stories – Carla-Ann F. Henry

Recent South Hills graduate, Carla-Ann Henry (Graphic Arts, Class of 2019), talks about creating the winning poster design for the 2019 People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts and offers some advice to incoming students of the Graphic Arts specialized associate degree program.
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Alumni Stories – Nick Anna

Alumni Stories – Nick Anna

Nick Anna, 2012 Graphic Arts alumnus, recently won two major design awards for work created as a Graphic Designer for the Altoona Mirror newspaper. SHINE (South Hills Info, News, & Events) caught up with him recently to ask him about the accolades.
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South Hills Graphic Arts Students Complete Creative Packaging Design Projects

South Hills Graphic Arts Students Complete Creative Packaging Design Projects

Prior to starting their internships, the second-year Graphic Arts students from South Hills School of Business & Technology must complete a capstone creative packaging design project. This capstone project requires them to apply the graphic design skills they’ve developed throughout the entirety of their studies at South Hills to create branding for a brewery and craft beer packaging which they then must present to a group.
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South Hills Graphic Arts Students Complete Capstone Projects

South Hills Graphic Arts Students Complete Capstone Projects

Following the completion of the three typography classes in the Graphic Arts (GA) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology, the second-year GA students are tasked with creating a hand-bound type specimen book.
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South Hills Announces 2019 Recipient of the Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award

South Hills Announces 2019 Recipient of the Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award

Becka Turner, a 2nd-year student of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills School of Business & Technology, has been awarded the 2019 Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship.
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Alumni Stories – Kara Ballenger

Alumni Stories – Kara Ballenger

Kara Ballenger graduated from the Graphic Arts specialized associate degree program in 2010. In this Alumni Stories interview, she shares how her South Hills education is helping her to realize her lifelong dream of writing and illustrating a graphic novel series called "Fire Sphere" along with her collaborator, Mads Cherluck.
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South Hills Utilizes Local Experts to Prepare Students for the Workplace

South Hills Utilizes Local Experts to Prepare Students for the Workplace

To keep the curriculums for its 11 specialized associate degree programs current and relevant to the community's workforce needs, South Hills School of Business & Technology relies on input from Program Advisory Committees that are comprised of local employers, internship site supervisors, and South Hills alumni.
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South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Graphic Arts Students Hold Gallery Show

South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Graphic Arts Students Hold Gallery Show

In the days leading up to receiving their degrees at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Fall Commencement, the Graphic Arts Class of 2018 held an art exhibit at the Art Alliance of Central PA to showcase their work from the past two years.
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South Hills Announces the 2018 Recipient of the Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award

South Hills Announces the 2018 Recipient of the Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award

Hayley Butcher, Williamsburg High School graduate and student of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills School of Business & Technology, has been awarded the 2018 Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award.
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Illustrator, Jason Lenox, Shares Insights with South Hills Graphic Arts Students

Illustrator, Jason Lenox, Shares Insights with South Hills Graphic Arts Students

Local illustrator, Jason Lenox, visited the main campus of South Hills in State College to speak to Graphic Arts students about his career and creative process. His sci-fi and fantasy artwork has appeared in Dark Horse Comics and various role-playing games, and he participates in several national comic conventions.
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Complete Course List

Graphic Arts Course List

Graphic Arts Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE183Business English I4.060
GA116Color Theory2.536
GA133Electronic Design4.060
GA130Fundamentals of Design4.060
GA120Fundamentals of Drawing3.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
Totals:19.5300
Second TermGE231Art History for the Graphic Designer5.060
GE184Business English II4.060
GA128Collateral Design3.560
GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics (Photoshop)4.060
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
GA126Typography3.560
Totals:22.0324
Third TermGA230Advertising Design3.560
GE233Business Writing3.560
GA225Computer Graphics - Illustrator4.060
GA217Concept Development2.536
GA121Graphic Design Studio I3.560
CP134Web Site Design4.060
Totals:21.0336
Fourth TermGE234Geometry for Design3.036
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
GA220Packaging Design3.560
GA222Publication Design3.560
GA235Social Media and Marketing for Designers4.060
IT218Web Site Design II4.060
Totals:22.5336
Fifth TermGA236Advanced Web Site Design (Motion Graphics)4.060
GA228Digital Pre-Press3.560
* Elective3.548
GA219Graphic Design Studio II3.560
GA221Print Portfolio3.560
GA227Typography - Expressive & Experimental3.048
Totals:21.0336
Fifth Term Elective Choices* GA231Digital Photography3.548
* GA233Video Production and Editing3.548
Sixth TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
GA232Freelance Business Development2.021
GA234Graphic Arts Internship11.0330
Totals:13.5361
GA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSGA PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
119.5 Credits1,993 Clock Hours

Careers in Graphic Arts


The world of graphic arts is continually evolving in step with technology. Career possibilities are expanding with advances in web site design, print-on-demand and digital offset printing, interactive and social media design, etc. Current job titles include:


Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns throughout Centre, Blair, Huntingdon, and Clinton Counties at locations including:


South Hills Graphic Arts graduates are employed from Madison Avenue in New York City to Key West, Florida. Our graduates are designing web sites, magazines, yearbooks, maps, marketing materials, vehicle graphics, imprinted apparel, and advertising campaigns, and managing pre- and post-press printing. In addition to successful freelance careers, some of the firms employing our graduates include:

Meet the Faculty

Program Advisory Committee

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Jennifer NortonAssistant DirectorPenn State Press
Steve KressOwnerSteve Kress Design
Chip MockOwnerMock Creations
Jim Lukens-GableArt DirectorPenn State Multimedia and Print Center
Dennis ManeySenior Graphic DesignerPenn State College of Health and Human Development
Doug IrwinGraphic DesignerPenn State Housing and Food Services
Tiara SnareSenior Graphic DesignerThe Barash Group
Mark Dello StrittoOwner/Senior Art DirectorLoaded Creative
Jorge JovelOwnerBlack Sheep Media
Ryan CherryOwner/FreelancerGrizzly Design Company

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