An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin

The content posted to Open Graphic Arts is free to be used by educators for educational purposes. We currently share access to the course materials developed for our own classes, access to public versions of our Canvas courses (Note – Not all content can been seen at the public level), and provide downloadable Canvas courses upon request (which does include access to 100% of the course content).

Our OPEN work started with a desire to make all Graphic Communications courses at Salt Lake Community College free or low cost for all students once tuition and fees have been paid. This process began by developing resources, teaching materials, lectures, and recordings to be used in lieu of items requiring hard costs like textbooks, course supplies, and subscriptions specifically geared toward SLCC students.

As our processes have expanded internally to include seven fully OER designated courses we have committed to streamlining our OPEN content to be more easily adapted by other high school, college, and university teachers. We are currently working to update all OPEN content to remove SLCC specific information like course numbers, mentioning project specific information within recorded demos and lectures, etc… In addition, we are in the process of formatting our comprehensive slideshow lectures into a more textbook-like format.


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We are currently working on…

ART 1280 Photoshop Software

  • Slideshows are being reformatted into a more textbook-like format. It should be published through PressBook within the next 12 months.

  • All example images are being replaced with images we have captured and licensed for OPEN use and/or found via OPEN content.

  • All lectures and demo videos are being rerecorded with better quality microphones and Open Graphic Arts branding. In addition, the new videos will have all mentions of SLCC and ART 1280 specific projects removed.

  • Our goal is to have this project completed by the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

ART 2200 Advanced InDesign Software

  • OPEN content is being developed for our newly redesigned ART 2200 course.

  • This is a companion course to ART 1200 InDesign Software.


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If you would like to use our content we ask that you…

  • Promote OER in your work. Do not take credit for content you did not develop. Please include a brief description of OER (Open Educational Resources) on your syllabus.

  • Let us know you're using the content. Send an email to opengraphicarts@gmail.com with any questions you have about the content. We'd like to know who's using the content and how it is being applied so we can continue to make the site practical and efficient for others to use. We also have additional recourses that can be provided depending on your needs (like full access to Canvas courses with question banks, projects, scoring rubrics, etc…). Please use your .edu email address and provide a link to your college’s website where we can confirm your position.

  • Do not sell or use this content to make money. You may edit content to fit your needs or use the classes as is, but we ask that you do not profit from it in any way.

  • Get permission. The content posted to this site is free for anyone to use, but we ask that current Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) faculty and staff receive written permission to use our course content at our home institution.