Many secondary schools offer courses in 3-D Visualization & Animation, Advertising Design, Audio Visual Technology, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Communications, Mass Media, Media Technology, Printing, and Web Design. A number of those secondary programs are PrintED accredited or are in the process of becoming PrintED accredited, aligning their curriculums with defined industry standards.
Graphic communications post-secondary education is provided at academies, universities, colleges, institutes of technology, and certain other collegiate-level institutions, such as vocational schools, trade schools, and career colleges awarding academic degrees or professional certifications.
Eight of the more than 125 Baccalaureate Degree Graphic Communications Programs in the United States have been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC).
Scholarships are available for those who want to pursue higher education resulting in a graphic communications-related career.
Education is primarily a state and local responsibility in the United States. It is states and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. Contact your State Department of Education for specific information.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including graphic communications.
PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF¬Æ) is a national accreditation program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
The Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc. (ACCGC) is an independent body of industry and education professionals devoted to promoting excellence in graphic communications education. The ACCGC is dedicated to the improvement and recognition of collegiate level curricula in graphic communications.
Accreditation granted by the ACCGC ensures that the graphic communications program in higher education meets or exceeds the established standards. Graphic communications programs from associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree-granting institutions may be considered for accreditation.