Program Overview

Graphic Communications introduces students to graphic design fundamentals and techniques to design a variety of projects using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.

Students will take their designs and make them come to life by producing them in our state-of-the-art print lab. Students excited by visual arts, electronic art and technology may be the perfect fit for this program.

It is our goal to have students who:

  • Create design concepts that demonstrate an understanding of the essential graphic design and visual communication concepts
  • Create comprehensive design documents (resumes, flyers, newsletters, brochures) using page layout software
  • Plan graphic design projects, prioritize workflow/tasks, and manage deadlines
  • Explain how Print, Web, Video, and other forms of Multimedia can be integrated to achieve specific goals
  • Evaluate design documents for proper grammar, punctuation, and adherence to specifications
  • Use electronic imaging software to acquire (import or scan), edit, retouch, and color correct digital photographs
  • Use electronic imaging software to create and manipulate digital illustrations. Prepare files, evaluate proofs, and quality control print projects for each printing method.
  • Print projects using industry standard printing and finishing equipment
  • Understand and/or operate traditional printing equipment (offset/screen)
  • Cut, fold, assemble, and/or bind print projects for final delivery
  • Demonstrate effective communication with the project team, vendors, and clients
  • Prepare a cover letter and resume for use in seeking internship or job opportunities in  the graphic arts, multimedia production, or publishing industries

Program Highlights

  • Take creative ideas from conception to visual presentation
  • Learn color theory, layout and design, typography and printing
  • Design and create professional level logos, ads, brochures
  • Find out what it’s really like to be a graphic artist and printing press operator
  • Create designs for customer projects

Math Skills

  • Ability to perform basic math functions
  • Ability to measure within 1/16th of an inch

Reading Skills

  • Minimum of 9th grade reading and comprehension level
  • Grade level writing skills
  • Ability to proofread small passages for grammar

Suggested HS Classes

  • Keyboarding skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • High school classes in Art and English

Interpersonal / Applied Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Consistent attendance
  • Ability and willingness to participate in team projects as required
  • Ability and willingness to take on challenging tasks
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and plans with others
  • Open to feedback from peers and instructor
  • Ability to follow written and spoken directions
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Works well with others, under pressure and with deadlines

Program Specific Skills

  • Creativity
  • Enjoy hands on and computer work
  • Able to work at a computer continuously for at least 1 hour
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Basic computer knowledge



Digital Printing 

  • Xerox Versant 80

Bindery & Finishing 

  • Polar 66
  • MBM A508 Automatic Folder
  • Graphic Wizard

Large Format

  •  Epson SureColor S40600
  • Graphtec FC8600
  • GFP 363th Laminator 
  • RollOver Table

Screen Printing

  • V-2000 8-Color 8-Station

Dye Sublimation

  • Sawgrass SG500

Computer Programs

  • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
  • Sawgrass Print Manager
  • Cutting Master 4
  • Onyx Thrive
  • Fiery Command Station 

Future Pathways

  • Creative/Art Director
  • Brand Specialist
  • Graphic Artist / Designer
  • Press Operator / Print Technician
  • Press Assistant 
  • Screen Printer
  • Bindery / Finishing Operator/Assistant 
  • Project / Production Manager
  • Production Artist
  • Estimator
  • Pre-press Technician
  • Customer Service