Q: Do I Need a Degree?
A: It is advisable to have at least an A.A.S. degree such as the one offered here at CPCC. You can transfer to a 4-year college to supplement your skills and development, and that 4-year degree will certainly help if you ever decide to be involved in the instructional/educational field. More than anything, you will need excellent printed samples of your work. This is something that we stress here at CPCC for graduating students, and within the curriculum, provide ample opportunity to produce such samples.
Q: How Long Will It Take?
A: The Associates Degree program course normally takes at least 4 semesters of study as indicated on the curriculum page. That means that it should take a full-time student, taking a regular load of classes, about 2 years to complete the program. Some courses are offered in the evenings as well as the daytime and some must be taken in sequence (see curriculum page). Depending on your employment demands during the school year, the program could take more than 2 years to complete.
Q: Are there continuing education classes or seminars available?
A: Yes, Our Industry Training and Corporate and Continuing Education Classes run year round. Check out our Industry Training page for more information.
Q: Where are the graphic arts classes taught?
A: All of the graphic arts classes are taught at the Harper Campus (315 W. Hebron St. Charlotte, NC 28273).
Q: Are there any prerequisites or entrance exams required for entering the Graphic Arts program?
A: There are currently no prerequisites or entrance exams required. However, students seeking a degree should take a Math and English placement test in order to identify the appropriate Math and English class with which to begin.
Q: What kind of jobs can students expect to get if they graduate from your program of study?
A: There are a wide variety of professions in the industry, ranging from Prepress Technician, Press Operator, Press Assistant, Graphic Design, Sales, Customer Service, Ink Technician and more…
Q: Are there any short-term certificates or diplomas offered?
A: Yes. We offer six Graphic Arts certificates that typically take students between 2 – 3 semesters to complete. Each certificate specifies in one particular area of the industry. Click here to see a list and description of each certificate.