• Graphic Design


    About the Program (CIP Code: 50.0402)

    Graphic Design students will learn all the basic skills in visual communication: color theory, design, advertising, illustration, air-brushing, typography, packaging, multi-page publication, digital imagery, layout, and electronic pre-press. This course will focus on developing creativity; increasing knowledge in all aspects of design, including technical skills and problem solving skills; producing an artist's portfolio; and practicing the appropriate interviewing skills. The software programs of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are utilized throughout the three-year course. The pairing of completing the required training and learned technical skills enables students to further their education, and pursue entry-level graphic design positions with advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers, production/printing plants and corporate communication departments.


    Drawing Techniques
    Color Theory & Application
    Hand-Done and Digital Illustration

    Basics of Animation
    Package Design
    Desktop Publishing
    Digital Photography
    Photo Manipulation
    Graphic Design

    Laser Operation


    Vinyl Design & Application


    Career Safety

    Screen Printing

    Binding and Finishing

    Professional Practices

    Recommended High School Courses:

    Mathematics - Basic Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry
    Computer Basics
    Visual Arts


    Industry Recognized/Providers

    • Adobe Certified Associate-Visual Communication Using Adobe Illustrator/Certiport
    • Adobe Certified Associate-Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop/Certiport
    • Adobe Certified Associate-Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustration/Certiport
    • Adobe Certified Associate-Print & Design Media Publication Using Adobe Indesign/Certiport


    BCAVTS Additional and/or Details to Industry Recognized/Providers

    • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Illustrator
    • S/P2 Soft Skills


    Articulation Agreements:

    The Graphic Design program currently offers advanced placement opportunities with these post-secondary schools:

    • BC3 (Butler County Community College)
    • Douglas Education Center
    • PTC (Pittsburgh Technical College) 

    Upon successful completion of the NOCTI skill and written exams, students may receive six technology credits from Butler County Community College’s Industrial Management Technology program.