Trident Technical College - Charleston, SC | South Carolina Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Trident Technical College

School Summary
7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, SC 29423
(843) 574-6111
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College is a two-year college that offers diverse educational programs designed to assist students to compete in the global and technological marketplace. The school has campuses in Monck's Corner, Hollywood, and Charleston, South Carolina, with the main campus in North Charleston. North Charleston has been called a "Boom Town" because its population has tripled to nearly 80,000 over the last thirty years. It is only a short distance from the historic and famous city of Charleston and also quite close to the Atlantic coast. North Charleston is known for its many shopping centers and malls, its performing arts center, and the 13,500-seat coliseum for the minor league hockey team the South Carolina Stingrays.

Trident Tech offers an associate degree in film production and certificates in filmmaking and film production. This is the only two-year program in the country that trains students with 35 mm film equipment. The degree or certificate program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position with any production company. It gives students valuable experience with hands-on work and opportunities to learn from participating in feature films, commercials, and independent films.

Students may earn an associate degree in graphic design, which aims to prepare them to work as commercial artists. Students must take basic drawing and computer classes and then more advanced design courses. A less rigorous certificate program in graphic design is also available.

Various certificates in design are available at Trident Tech for students interested in starting out in a design career or just learning more to enhance their current career. Earning a certificate is a good foundation for any of the associate degree programs. Certificate programs include computer animation, computer graphics, multimedia design, photography, and website design.

The financial aid department assists current and future students with determining how to pay for college. All students should begin the financial aid process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid advisers help students determine what type of aid to choose from. Aid may be from federal grants and loans, scholarships, or state awards.

Trident Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of 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,