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Desktop Publishing Certificate Programs in Greensboro, NC

Oct 06, 2020

Greensboro Programs in Desktop Publishing

While certificate programs specifically in desktop publishing aren't available in Greensboro, students can gain skills in graphics and design through related graphic communications programs. Read an overview of three schools that are within about a 50-minute drive of the city center, and get insight into their program offerings and coursework. There's a table with details on the colleges' tuition costs, campus environments, and more in the next section. Also included is a bit of info on a fourth school in the area that has a related degree program.

  • Randolph Community College, in Asheboro, provides students interested in desktop publishing skills with a certificate or associate's degree in graphic design. The campus is approximately 30 miles from downtown Greensboro.
  • Students can also pursue a diploma or associate's degree in graphic arts and imaging at Winston-Salem's Forsyth Technical Community College, a two-year public college about 32 miles from central Greensboro.
  • Located about 45 miles from Greensboro's downtown area is Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia. The school offers a diploma in graphic imaging technology.

Comparison of Schools

This table contains pertinent stats -- like retention and graduation rates -- about the three discussed schools, which could help you make a more informed decision about where to pursue a college education in desktop publishing.

Randolph Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Danville Community College
School Type Public, two-year Public, two-year Public, two-year
Total Enrollment (2019) 2,903* 7,695* 2,813*
Campus Setting Fringe town Midsize city Distant town
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $2,373 for North Carolina residents,
$8,133 for non-residents*
$2,004 for North Carolina residents,
$6,612 for non-residents*
$4,725 for Virginia residents,
$10,728 for non-residents*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2018-2019) 73%* 72%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) Open admissions policy Open admissions policy* Open admissions policy*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 70% for full-time students* 61% for full-time students* 61% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2016) 47%* 21%* 31%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Randolph Community College

Randolph Community College's 40-acre campus in Asheboro contains multiple buildings, including a learning center, student resource center, and administration/education building, which houses a 30,000-square foot photography studio. Desktop publishing training is available through the college's Business and Commercial Arts Division.

Certificate in Advertising and Graphic Design

The certificate program in advertising and graphic design is focused on providing a foundation in the basics of drawing and design. Students can expect to take courses in principles and elements of design, computer graphics, multimedia design, and drawing fundamentals. The 17-credit program is offered both on campus and online.

Associate of Applied Science in Advertising and Graphic Design

The advertising and graphic design program emphasizes illustration, design, and digital and multimedia production of promotional materials. Required courses include art appreciation, principles of design, computer graphics, typography, drawing, graphic arts, multimedia design, and portfolio design. Students are also required to complete a co-op experience in their second year. This program can be completed on campus, online, or through a combination of the two.

Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College is comprised of ten campuses in and around the Winston-Salem area. The college opened in 1960 with a focus on automotive and healthcare training. Today, it offers more than 200 degree and career training programs.

Diploma in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology

This program spans three terms, including a summer session. In beginning and advanced computer graphics classes, students learn to use computers in design and production. Courses also provide students with hands-on experience working with design applications.

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology

Students learn how to use graphic art software, prepare graphic art for production, and manipulate images. Coursework includes graphic design layout, design measurement calculations, and solutions to design problems. Students are also required to complete courses in expository writing, basic computer skills, and business development. The five-term program includes a summer session.

Danville Community College

Danville Community College in Danville, VA, features an 86-acre campus. The school offers diploma, certificate, and degree programs in several academic and career-oriented subjects. The program in graphic imaging technology is offered through the Division of Business and Engineering Technologies.

Diploma in Graphic Imaging Technology

The program takes around two years to complete and provides students with a thorough understanding of the technical and practical experience required to work in graphic imaging. The 72-credit program includes courses in lithography, electronic publishing, layout and design, color separation, print operations, and color image assembly, as well as topic-related electives.

Other Schools

While it doesn't offer a certificate program, North Carolina A & T State University, in Greensboro, does offer a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication Systems program, which covers many technology, writing, and design skills used by desktop publishers. The school is just over a mile from downtown.

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