Pellissippi State Technical Community College - Knoxville, TN | Tennessee Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

School Summary
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37933
(865) 694-64006526
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:

About Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee, is a mix of small town charm and big city fun. It is also home to Pellissipi State Technical Community College. Knoxville boasts its own symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as a host of theaters and other live music and performance venues.  A wide range of historic sites and museums are located in Knoxville, covering Colonial through twentieth-century local and regional history. And the city has a lively visual arts community, featuring a number of galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. The city, resting on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, offers opportunities for year-round activities, thanks to its temperate climate zone.

Pellissippi State's Media Technologies department offers the AAS in Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology, and Web Technology.

The concentration in communication graphics technology is targeted toward degreed individuals, visual communications professionals, and current students in media technologies who wish to update or expand upon their skills within the field of graphic design and related industries. There are three options for the concentration: graphic design, illustration, and Web visuals. Coursework includes digital photography, graphic design, computer illustration, and desktop publishing.

The video production concentration is designed for working professionals seeking to broaden or update their existing skills, or for students in design programs, photography, or Web technology. Students may choose between the Videographer option and the Video Editor option.

The photography concentration is designed for the media professional interested in adding photography skills, or as a career option for someone interested in working in a photofinishing lab or digital imaging technician. It also is useful for someone who uses photography as part of his or her profession, but who needs additional photographic skills. All the courses in the program are hands-on and practical and are taught by experienced professionals. Coursework includes advanced photographic techniques, advanced digital imaging techniques, Photoshop essentials, and genre courses such as nature and travel photography, commercial photography, and portrait photography.

The Web technology concentration includes coursework dealing with CIW foundations, site designer, eCommerce, JavaScript, Perl fundamentals, Photoshop essentials, advanced computer graphics, Dreamweaver/Fireworks, Flash, Audio Video for the Web, and Adobe Acrobat.

Pellissippi State has a number of student special interests groups to suit a wide range of interests, including professional, religious, political, and ethnic groups, a drama club, an art club, and honor societies. The Student Recreation Center offers a 24,000 square-foot arena with indoor tennis courts, a basketball and volleyball court, as well as a 2,000 square-foot weight room with cardiovascular machines, weight machines, and free weights. The outdoor area features a sand volleyball court, softball field, tennis courts, basketball court, and artificial turf putting greens. Intramural sports include basketball, aerobics, bowling, chess, flag football, golf, ping pong, pool, tennis, volley ball, and spades/dominoes.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,