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.