Graphic Communications College Credits

There are a number of options for earning college credits at CPAVTS. It is important that students work with the Admissions Office at the school they plan on attending. Our Student Services office will help to guide students through this process as well.


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All CPAVTS programs are approved by the Department of Education. Because of this, the following list of colleges have agreed to give CPAVTS students credit for the following courses when students enroll and meet the following requirements:

  1. 1.  Graduate from high school. 
  2. 2.  Earn a 2.5 GPA in the courses in your program area. 
  3. 3.  Earn a score of “Advanced” or “Competent” on the NOCTI exam.  
  4. 4.  Successfully complete all tasks on the Program of Study task list.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

GRPH 116 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing
GRPH 121 - Introduction to Graphic Design
GRPH 171 - Introduction to the Printing Process

Commonwealth Technical Institute

OP 101 - Pre-Press Applications & Procedures I
OP 103 - Press Applications and Procedures I
OP 105 - Post-Press Applications & Procedures I



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To receive advanced placement credit, the following criteria are required:

The student must graduate from high school and have completed the courses listed above with a grade of “B” or higher; meet the admission policy requirement of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh; and be admitted as a degree-seeking student within 15 months of high school graduation. The student must submit:

a)A completed High School Student Request for Articulated Credit form to apply for articulated credit (listed above) from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

b)An official high school transcript indicating the grade received in the course(s) listed above as well as the date of graduation.

The following supplemental criteria may be required as applicable:

c)A portfolio of student work or samples of projects completed.

d)A letter of recommendation on school letterhead from the high school teacher and/or counselor confirming the student has achieved the knowledge and skills for the course competencies required.

e)Any other evidence of student learning that the Institute believes demonstrates the award of credit to this particular student is merited.

FNDA 150  Digital Color Theory 3 Credits
G131 Typography 3 Credits
G150 Introduction to Design Applications 3 Credits
GWDA 203 Pre-Press and Print Production 3 Credits



NOCTI / NCCRS: By scoring at or above 70% on an approved NOCTI Test, students may earn articulated credit at many institutions. Click Here for more information and to see lists of participating school.