Graphic Design Specialist

About this Major

An eye for design, creativity, and willingness to be a lifelong learner area also beneficial characteristics of a Graphic Designer.

Graphic artists translate ideas into visual form and must be able to express emotions through their work. They may work independently, or as part of a team. Work often occurs under firm deadlines, so graphic artists must have strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to produce high quality work under pressure. In addition, graphic artists must have strong computer, reading, math, problem solving, proofreading and analytical skills, as well as the ability to communicate and establish professional relationships with customers.


Adobe Certified Associate – All certifications from the following:

  • Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign
  • Visual Communication Using Photoshop
  • Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator

*One certification paid for by Francis Tuttle.  Additional, optional certifications are available at student expense.

At A Glance

Open To

High school juniors and seniors, adult students



Total Hours Required



  • Full-time: 10 months of instruction
  • Part-time: 20 months of instruction
  • Program length may vary based on progress rate and/or summer school attendance


Daytime classes, two sessions: Monday — Friday

  • 7:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • High school students and part-time adults enroll in either the AM or PM session. Full-time adult students enroll in both sessions.


  • Fundamentals of Design 120 hours
  • Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design with InDesign 120 hours
  • Multimedia & Image Management Techniques with Photoshop 120 hours
  • Digital Editing & Production Photography 120 hours
  • Vector Graphics 120 hours
  • Layout Design Techniques 120 hours
  • Professional Development 120 hours
  • Graphic Designer Capstone 120 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for High School Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Adobe Certified Associate- Print & Digital Media Publication using InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Associate- Visual Communication using Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Associate- Graphic Design & Illustration using Illustrator

Tuition & Fees

  • N/A

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • N/A

Total Estimated Costs for High School Students

No cost
Francis Tuttle will cover the cost of one Adobe Certified Associate certification.

Costs for In-State Adult Students

Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range


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Pass Rate


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Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Printing companies, photography studios, public relations/marketing firms, advertising companies, large companies with internal graphic departments, self-employment

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Success Stories

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Chris Elliott

Graphic Communication graduate Graphic designer for a local tv station

"The job I have now, I don't think it's anything I would have applied for previous to my experience in Francis Tuttle. I don't know if I would have felt confident in my abilities."

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