Careers in graphic communications and design provide a myriad of employment options including the printing industry, advertising, publishing, in-house marketing departments, and other companies where graphic communications are required.
Courses of Study:
Introduction to Graphics and Design
The goal of this course is to provide all students with an introduction to the principles of graphic communications and design and its place in the world. Students will acquire a fundamental understanding of the graphic communications and design world. They will learn the theories behind creating aesthetically pleasing designs and how to work with consumers. Exposure to career possibilities and discussion of ethical issues relating to graphic communications will be important themes in this course.
Graphic Design and Production
This course focuses on the procedures commonly used in the graphic communication and design industries. Students will gain experience in creative problem solving and the practical implementation of those solutions across multiple areas of graphic communications. Students will understand and manipulate color to achieve various outcomes required by job specifications.
Advanced Graphic Design
Students will explore the principles of design and layout procedures as they relate to graphic design. Content will cover electronic systems and software programs used in graphic design, page composition, image conversion, and digital printing. Knowledge in digital design and imaging will be enhanced through experiences in school-based and work-based learning opportunities. The student will explore and develop a graphic design portfolio and resume in electronic, print, and photographic formats.
Graphic Output Processes
Students gain experience in successfully completing the output processes of various projects in an increasingly independent manner. Students also learn to manage the completion process including customer relation’s management, printing, finishing, and binding. Students accumulate work samples that will constitute their personal portfolio. Upon successful completion of the course, students are prepared to move into employment or a post-secondary education environment where self-motivation and a high level of skill are expected.