Computer Graphic Technology

Degree Plans and More

Program Overview

The Computer Graphic Technology (CGT) program leads to the Associate of Applied Science. The program is divided into five different options (see links below). Students will need to select an option and follow the outline for the program. 

Students may work toward an Associate of Applied Science, a technical certificate, or a certificate of proficiency. Technical certification courses are designed to train entry-level CGT workers and may be applied toward the degree program. Course credit may also be received through testing or demonstrated proficiency.  

The average yearly starting salary in the Fort Smith area is $32,000-$38,000.

 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe ethical dilemmas in the field of animation and evaluate methods for avoiding them in the workplace. 
  • Develop and apply necessary skills to create technical and animated graphics in multiple formats used worldwide. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to work creatively in a team or collaboration. 
  • Recreate realistic images in a digital environment through an understanding of color, lighting, physics, and attention to detail. 

 

The Following Degree Options Are Available:

Architectural

  • Use current computer-aided software to create and identify architectural symbols, views, plans, schedules, charts, and specifications required to effectively communicate graphically with architects, engineers, and other building professionals.
  • Identify and explain information about construction drawings with building industry members, fellow employees, and the general public.
  • Create, edit, and plot standard industry architectural drawings in both two- and three-dimensional software packages.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of construction terminology, basic building code elements, and laws pertaining to commercial building construction (including basic LEEDs and Americans with Disability Act typical requirements).

 Digital Design

  • Apply ethical decision-making skills in the field of animation necessary to meet the needs of prospective employers. 
  • Understand the difference between and create digital models in standard formats utilized in the United States and those used in other countries. 
  • Produce projects to share information with classmates and/or industry professionals. 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the creation of storyboards, models, or other technical documentation using design software. 

 General 

  • Apply ethical decision-making skills necessary to meet the needs of prospective employers. 
  • Create models and drawings in a variety of formats used in the CAD industry both in the United States and in other countries. 
  • Produce projects to share information with classmates and/or industry professionals. 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the creation of drawings, models, or technical documentation using design software. 

  Mechanical

  • Be able to read, understand, create, edit, and plot engineering drawing.
  • Be able to produce computer-generated drawings which communicate the appropriate and necessary manufacturing details, standards, and specifications.
  • Be able to utilize the latest 2D and 3D parametric modeling software in order to create a wide variety of typical manufacturing drawings.
  • Be able to create models of objects using various methods such as 3D plotters, CNC machines, and other devices.

 

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