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, t-shirts
  • Find out what it’s really like to be a graphic artist and printing press operator
  • Create designs for customer projects

Future Pathways

  • Production Team Member
  • Pre-Press Technician 
  • Print Technician 
  • Bindery Workery
  • Screen Printer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Inventory Manager