Graphic Design 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.

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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.

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Have basic artistic ability (drawing/designing)
  • Possess an ability to distinguish colors
  • Be able to master measurement requirements particular to this program
  • Read and write at or near grade level
  • Focus on computer tasks for long periods of time

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.

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. Review the college credit opportunities for the Graphic Design program.

POSSIBLE INDUSTRY CREDENTIALS

  • Adobe Certified Associate

Apryl Sparr

Graphic Design Teacher
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