Build a foundation to get started in print and digital publishing. In one semester, you’ll learn skills like page layout, digital publishing, print publishing, and e-book development. You’ll also learn image editing skills and more.
One of five stackable certificates students can earn towards the Graphic Communications Associate in Applied Science degree.
This certificate provides three courses focused on publishing software. Project types range from simple flyers to printed and electronic multi-page documents. Software covered includes Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, iBook Author, and Adobe Acrobat.
Students in the Graphic Communications program usually have employment in the first year of taking classes. Many employers work with part-time students to encourage them to complete their degree.
Network with students in the graphic communications field.
Designer, Press Technician, Production Artist, Desktop Publisher.
if Full Time
9 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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With a Page Layout Certificate, you’ll develop valuable desktop publishing and page layout skills. You’ll earn a stackable certificate in only three classes while pursuing an associate degree.John Baggett, Professor
How Do I Get Into the Page Layout Program?
Earn a stackable credential that helps showcase your depth of knowledge in the graphic communications field. Design your next step toward success. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Student success advisors are available to help.
- This certificate offers quick benefits to employers. Many are willing to work with part-time students to encourage them to complete their degree.
What Can I Expect As a Page Layout Student?
- Students in the Graphic Communications program usually have a job in the first year of taking classes.
- Earn a stackable certificate in only three classes while pursuing an associate degree.
- In one semester, develop desktop publishing and page layout skills in print and electronic formats.
- Software covered includes Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, iBook Author, and Adobe Acrobat.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.