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  • About the Program:

    A student in the Graphic Arts program will be introduced to the great variety of production techniques used in a commercial art setting. If you have a strong creative sense and enjoy using computers, you might be suited for a career in graphic design. Designers work on everything from illustrations and advertising layouts to animation and multimedia production. Learning the fundamentals of the graphics industry will include extensive computer design and production utilizing a variety of industry relevant programs; animated design and production; vinyl graphic design and production; and individual portfolio design, production, and review.
     

    Skills:

    Computer Operation
    Layout and Design
    Illustration
    Digital Photography
    Photoshop Digital Photography Retouching
    Binding and Finishing
    Silk Screening
    Vinyl Graphics

    Laser Operations
     

    Recommended High School Courses:

    English/Communications
    Mathematics - Basic Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry
    Computer Basics
    Biology, Chemistry, Psychology
    Visual Arts, Mechanical Drawing, and Computer Aided Drafting

    Certifications:

    Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Illustrator
     
    Accreditations: 
     
    PrintED
     
     

    Articulation Agreements:

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

     
    Art Institute of Pittsburgh
    Butler County Community College
    Douglas Education Center
    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.