Visual Arts Technologies
(Courses 7160 - 7170) Pennsylvania Department of Education CIP Code 50.0402
Students are expected to:
1. Have basic artistic ability (drawing/designing)
2. Possess an ability to distinguish colors
3. Be able to master measurement requirements particular to this program
4. Read and write at or near grade level
5. Focus on computer tasks for long periods of time
Visual Arts Technologies is a three-year program focusing on advertising design, pre-press and post press skills. The curriculum includes hands-on as well as digital skills. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are the programs of choice.
Students begin with the basics: drawing, painting and perspective. Typography, principles of design, and color as theory are added as the student progresses. Such classes as cartooning, figure drawing, mechanical drawing, and perspective give the individual a more rounded education if the student wants to pursue further education in any of these fields. Students produce pre-press designs such as business cards, letterheads, logos, brochures, flyers, menus, signs, calendars, and various other printed pieces. Students learn bindery post-press techniques in an actual print shop setting. Various applications such as silk screen printing and relief printing and matting artwork are skills that are learned in the third year.
A good work ethic is developed by high expectations of attendance, conduct punctuality, dress and overall professionalism. Exit skills such as resume and cover letter writing, job/college interviewing, and portfolio building are vital to each graduate. Upon completion of this class, each student will have compiled a digital file of his or her work to have as a self-marketing tool.
Students may seek entry-level employment as a graphic designer, pre- or post-press employment in a print shop or a career as a freelance designer. Many graduates articulate into classes at local two-year and four-year postsecondary schools. Graduates are presently employed as graphic designers and animators.
For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field click here.
Opportunities for college credit
GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Click here to review the college credit opportunities for the Visual Arts program.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Apryl Sparr
Instructor of Visual Arts Technologies