Computer Graphic Artist: Career Diploma Summary

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A Diploma as a Computer Graphic Artist will allow you to get started on a career as a graphic design artist or visual merchandiser. If you pursue this diploma, you could take courses in image editing, graphics production, and illustration. Read on to find out more.
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Why Earn a Diploma in Computer Graphic Arts?

Since it is typical for employers to hire computer graphic artists who have completed some post secondary education, it would be in the student's best interest to earn at least a Computer Graphic Artist Diploma. Individuals with a college education are also better-prepared for the option of self-employment after completing general education requirements in business, accounting, and communications.

Career Possibilities

Computer Graphic Artists Occupational Outlook and Demand

When considering all design occupations, those included in the occupation of graphic design are expected to see the most growth in employment opportunities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov. Overall, though, job growth will be average when compared to all non-design occupations.

Computer Graphic Artists Salary Information

Individuals employed as computer graphic artists normally earn about $30,253 per year in their first year of employment, according to PayScale.com.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements for Computer Graphic Artists

During the Computer Graphic Artist Diploma program, the student will learn to use graphic design and page layout software such as CorelDRAW, Adobe InDesign, Macromedia Fireworks, and QuarkXPress. Specific course titles for this diploma might include:

  • Techniques of Page Layout
  • Typography Techniques
  • Digital Design
  • Image Production
  • Prepress Graphics
  • Commercial Illustration
  • Photography

Skills Learned for Computer Graphic Artists

The student of a Computer Graphic Artist Diploma program must be creative and artistic. In addition, they must be able to use popular computer programs used for graphic design. Specific skills students of this diploma program may acquire include:

  • Retouching photos and editing images
  • Produce and evaluate typography
  • Design materials using typography techniques
  • Create multimedia web pages
  • Skills in illustration, conceptualization and design
  • Illustrator and PhotoShop skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills

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    1. Virginia International University

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      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
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    2. Georgetown University

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    4. ECPI University

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    5. Kaplan University

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    6. Grand Canyon University

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    7. Full Sail University

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    8. Virginia College

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      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
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    10. Colorado Technical University

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      • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy
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Featured Schools

Virginia International University

  • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Lincoln Tech

  • Technology and Skilled Trades

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ECPI University

  • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
  • Associate's - Network Security
  • Web Design & Dev

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Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BS in Cybersecurity
  • Associate: Information Technology

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • B.S. in Information Technology

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Full Sail University

  • BS - Simulation and Visualization (Campus)
  • BS - Game Design (Campus)
  • B.S. - Computer Animation

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Virginia College

  • Bachelor: Management Information Systems
  • Certification - Network Technician

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