Advertising Art & Design

Program Description

The Advertising Art and Design program at SUN Area Technical Institute emphasizes your creative growth through instruction in art principles, as well as technology skills, through computer-based projects.

You will gain a working knowledge of color, typography, and printing while you master Adobe software on the Mac and PC. You may find employment in graphic design, advertising, publishing, web page design, illustration, or photography.

The number of opportunities for employment and advancement are expected to be bright for the next five to ten years. Salaries in this field range from $8 to $32 per hour within our local area.

You will use the most modern technology and techniques to increase your skills in illustration, graphic design, and photography.
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Post-Secondary Opportunities

The Advertising Art & Design program prepares students to continue their education at a variety of two-year and four-year colleges and technical schools. Several schools offer qualified SUN graduates advanced placement. The Following are just some of the schools providing advanced training in Advertising Art & Design:

Certifications

Students who earn a proficient score on their NOCTI exam will be awarded a PA State Skills Certificate.

Employment and Co-op Opportunities

The market for visual artists is exploding, with job prospects better than they have been in years. Students interested in pursuing creative careers now have a wide range of options upon graduation. There is an incredible increase in both full-time and freelance jobs. A recent interest in animation, web page design and tattoos have created many new opportunities for artists.

Career opportunities for graduates of Advertising Art & Design in order of relevance include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Commercial and Industrial Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Prepress Technician
  • Office Machine Operator (except computer)
  • Web Developer
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Fine Artist (Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator)
  • Teacher
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Cartographer
  • Designer (all other)
  • Printing Press Operator
  • Art Director
  • Set and Exhibit Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Craft Artist
  • Interior Designer

Some opportunities require further education.

Employment Outlook

The median wage for graphic designers is $21.16 hourly/$44,010 yearly, with most people in Pennsylvania earning $33.06 hourly/$68,800 yearly. In 2010, there were 279,000 people employed nationally as graphic designers. This field is expected to grow 10%-19% through the year 2020 with 12,380 projected job openings. (Source: O*Net Report for Graphic Designers)

Program of Study

Advertising Art & Design is a SOAR approved program of study.

This means that successful completion of this program earns you college credits that can be transferred to participating state colleges and universities.

Program Uniform

Advertising Art & Design students must come to school dressed in the approved program uniform.  Shirts can be ordered using the order form link provided.