• Graphic Communications

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    As the third largest employer in the United States, the

    graphic arts industry reproduces words, pictures, paintings,

    charts and forms onto paper. Students use desktop publishing

    software to digitally design various forms and displays as well

    as traditional methods of offset photography, platemaking,

    image assembly and impositions. The course prepares

    students for the changing technology in the industry and will

    help prepare students for additional study at a college or

    university. Students operate sheetfed printing presses, digital

    imaging equipment and various types of bindery machines.

    National certification is available for qualified students.
     

    SUCCESS PROFILE

    Background skills in computer skills, math, art, grammar,

    spelling and visual communications is helpful. Most people in

    the industry have good eyesight, color perception and manual

    dexterity. Attention to detail is a key quality.
     

    MAJOR UNITS OF INSTRUCTION

    ·         (PrintED Accreditation Program)

    ·         Introduction to Graphic Communications

    ·         Digital File Preparation

    ·         Binding and Finishing

    ·         Digital File Output

    ·         Press Operations

    ·         Advanced Press Operations

    ·         Advanced Digital File Preparation
     

    POTENTIAL CAREERS

    ·         Press Operator

    ·         Press Helper

    ·         Bindery/Finishing Person

    ·         Graphic Designer/Typographer

    ·         Paper Cutter

    ·         Pre-press Person

    ·         Equipment Maintenance Technician

    ·         Estimator/Production Manager

    ·         Web Page Designer

    ·         Salesperson (paper, supplies, advertising, etc.)
     

    EMPLOYMENT AREAS

    ·         Commercial Printing Companies

    ·         Newspaper and Publishing Companies

    ·         Packaging Printing Companies

    ·         In-plant Printing

    ·         Graphic Design Companies

    ·         Advertising Agencies

    ·         Copy Centers/Quick Printing Businesses

    ·         Paper Companies

    ·         Graphic Arts Supply Vendors
     

    CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE

    ·         PrintED