The Digital Printing program offers training in Layout and Design, and uses industry approved software. It is a hands-on computer class, using the Macintosh platform, that provides students with both the knowledge and skills required for a career in Digital Printing, Layout and Design and Bindery and Finishing production, which are included in this program of study.

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The Information Age has revolutionized the sixth largest industry in the country, Graphic Communications. The Graphic Arts program prepares students to enter this dynamic field that features opportunities locally and nationally. Students rotate through four areas of the program: Prepress, Press, Bindery and Customer Service. Curriculum also includes estimating, equipment and chemical safety, maintenance and management. In addition to the unique opportunity to operate and manage the shop-run ‘print on demand’ copy center, seniors may also participate in the school’s Cooperative Education program and work in a variety of printing establishments and obtain valuable on-the-job training.

The Digital Printing Technologies program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the printing and graphic communication industry. The Digital Printing Technologies program is PrintED Certified. PrintED, and Graphic Arts Education & Research Foundation (GARF) certifications are part of a National Accreditation Program. The main objective of this skill-based method of instruction is student proficiency in:

  • Layout and Design Principles
  • Basic Color Theory
  • Photo-editing Software
  • Graphic Design Prepress
  • Offset Lithographic Operations
  • Bindery and Finishing


  • Possess good hand-eye coordination; clear eyesight with normal color vision
  • Demonstrate mechanical ability
  • Develop skills in computer software operations
  • Possess analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Enjoy photography, chemistry and physics that are useful in course environment
  • Demonstrate artistic talent with layout, design and advertising art

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the  Digital Printing program.